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Commercial employee EFZ

You carry out diverse administrative and organisational tasks at the various divisions of swisstopo.

In short

  • Diploma: commercial employee with Federal Proficiency Certificate (EFZ).
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Vocational school: WKS Berne
  • Fields: human resources, sales, marketing, communication, management assistance, accounting, cadastral surveying

Your apprenticeship at swisstopo

During your apprenticeship as a Commercial employee, you will communicate both in writing and verbally, in German or other languages, with internal and outside partners. You will write letters, emails and minutes, create graphs and presentations and update the books. You will also organise events and help advertise and sell our products. Your broad knowledge will serve as a basis for many further areas of study.


  • Motivation and endurance 
  • Ability to work Independently
  • Enjoyment in computer work and a flair for numbers
  • Reliability and social skills
  • Good written and verbal knowledge of German, French and English
  • Talent for organisation and fast learning
  • Teamworking skills and communicative
  • 10-finger typing skills

Fields During your apprenticeship, you will get to know the fields of human resources, sales, marketing, communication, management assistance, accounting and cadastral surveys. 
Monthly salary

1st year apprentice = CHF 825.95

2nd year apprentice = CHF 1'017.40

3rd year apprentice = CHF 1'552.95

and 13th monthly salary

Vacation 7 weeks of vacation per year
Working hours 8hrs 18 min per day, 41.5 hrs per week
Training locations Swiss Federal Office of Topography swisstopo in Wabern, vocational school and intercompany courses in Berne
Specials Apprentice camp, language stays in case of good results, German course
School subjects German, French, English, computer communication / administration, economics and sociology, consolidating and networking, sports
Profile B / E / M

  • Vocational baccalaureate and studies at a university of applied sciences
  • Professional examinations (e.g. management assistant, human resources specialist, marketing specialist, sales specialist, finance and accounting specialist)
  • Business school (Höhere Fachschule für Wirtschaft – HFW und Höhere Fachschule für Marketing & Kommunikation - HFMK)
  • Diploma examinations / higher professional examinations (e.g. head of human resources, accounting and controlling expert)

Our available apprenticeship positions are published at (German). You will make it easier for us by applying online via this website.

Marlyse Ritter (phone +41 58 469 05 21 /, vocational trainer & HR consultant and Birgitte Bieri (phone +41 58 469 03 88 /, Head of
Division HR. 

Federal Office of Topography swisstopo Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern
+41 58 469 01 11


Marlyse Ritter

Vocational Trainer and HR consultant
Tel +41 58 469 05 21

Brigitte Bieri

Head of Division HR
Tel +41 58 469 03 88

Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern

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