Branch of Education : Services & Administration (S&A)
School-based initial training, concentrated model (FIEC)

Elèves du CFC Lémania. VAT students Lemania

You can get a professional degree with Lemania

Ecole Lémania offers preparation for the exams and for the Certificat Fédéral de Capacité (CFC) de Commerce, in the Services and Administration stream, based on the concentrated FIEC model.

The Certificat Fédéral de Capacité (CFC) de Commerce is a Swiss diploma attesting to professional qualifications in the field of commerce. It is awarded after successful completion of a one-year apprenticeship in a commercial company and validation of the required skills.

The courses leading to a CFC in Commerce cover various areas such as sales, administrative management, accounting, marketing, communication and other essential skills related to the commercial sector.

The CFC de Commerce is recognised in Switzerland and is a valuable professional qualification for those wishing to pursue a career in commerce or access further training in the commercial field.

Reference : ordinance of the SEFRI (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation) on the initial vocational training of commercial employees CFC of Auguts 16th, 2021 (OrFO) and the associated training plan (PF).

Activité en classe de commerce à l'Ecole Lémania. Activity at the Business class at Lemania

Presentation of the curriculum

The program follows the ordinance of the SEFRI (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation) on the initial vocational training of commercial employees CFC of August 16th, 2021 (OrFO) and the associated training plan (PF).

The training programmes for the CFC in Commerce are based on four semesters of courses and one year of full-time (paid) work experience in a company. Particular attention is paid to dialogue and emphasis is placed on the essential values of reciprocity, respect and collaboration. The profile of the CFC de Commerce trainers is also of paramount importance, so that theory and practice combine to give you the best possible chance of success.

The Federal Certificate of Competence (CFC) is obtained after successful completion of an initial vocational training course (also known as an apprenticeship).


CFC Study Plan

Year 1

Semester 1: courses at Ecole Lemania Semester 2: courses at Ecole Lemania

Ecole Lémania
Year 2

Semester 3: courses at Ecole Lemania Semester 4: practical company internship

Groupe Lémania - Lausanne
Year 3

Semester 5: practical company internship Semester 6: courses at Ecole Lemania

Elève de maturité marquant un panier. Maturity student dunking.

Graduation requirements

To obtain your Federal VET Diploma in Commerce, you must have a good average score with no more than two negative marks for each subject, and no more than two subjects failed.

Marie-Laure Jacquemond, Director of the Business Studies Division

Throughout your studies at Lemania, Marie-Laure Jacquemond will maximize your chances of success. As Director of the Business Studies Division, she guarantees the quality of your studies and ensures that you can express your full potential.

She answers some questions about professional studies in Lemania.

Marie-Laure Jacquemond's interview

The advantages of the CFC at Lemania

Continuity with the compulsory school system

During the two years at school, a work environment and requirements modelled on the professional environment, but with a smooth transition thanks to a secure school environment and a work rhythm that respects school holidays,

A teaching programme that is useful for everyday life, prepares students for professional life, is exciting for understanding the business world and is delivered by teachers and trainers from both academic and practical backgrounds.

A curriculum that combines theory and practice

Because we train you in the realities of the field and the needs of the business world, we take care to combine practice and theory throughout your training: you will experience theoretical learning in the classroom in the professional life of our EPCO (Entreprise de Pratique Commerciale or training company). Here, our students carry out the procedures and tasks of a company’s six departments (HR, Accounting, Reception, Purchasing, Sales and Marketing).

A stress-free search for an apprenticeship

No apprenticeship, not yet or no longer available? With our 2 + 1 programme, finding an apprenticeship place is no longer a problem. You’ve got the time. Our course teaches you how to write a CV and covering letter, prepares you for interviews and helps you find a work placement.

At the end of your 18 months of stress-free training at school, you’ll embark on your placement in the real world of work. We will support you throughout your work placement right up to your final CFC diploma.

Preparation for the Maturité professionnelle exams

Our programmes are specially designed to meet the requirements of the SEFRI ordinance on initial vocational training for the CFC Employé-e de Commerce (OrFO of 16 August 2021), as well as the associated training plan (PF).

In addition to the training objectives of the CFC, Lemania’s courses focus on the knowledge required to pass the Maturité professionnelle entrance exams: French, English, German and mathematics. We are keen to ensure that our students do not lose touch with the knowledge they will need if they wish to pursue an academic career.

Elèves arrivant au campus urbain. Students entering urban campus

Student Life in our downtown campus

Located in the centre of Lausanne, Ecole Lemania offers a lively teaching environment connected to the city which gives a special touch to the study abroad programs. The museums, theaters, cinemas, stores and restaurants that are the heart of the city, bring positive vibrations to the school.

At Lemania, you will be fully inspired by a city renowned for its commitment to creativity, research and above all sport, since Lausanne is the Olympic capital.

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Image générale de l'internat. General picture of the boarding school

Our Boarding School welcomes day students at lunchtime

Lemania’s Boarding School is open to girls and boys from 15 years old.

The boarding school offers a serene and comfortable living environment, as well as an incomparable study support by qualified internal teachers who guide the boarders in their learning.

Day students can join the boarders for lunch prepared in the school kitchen under the direction of our chef.

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Marie-Laure Jacquemond, Director of the Business Studies Division

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The Lemania offers a wide range of training courses that allows to broaden horizons. There are several alternatives for university entrance, as well as trainings that allow direct entry into the job market. Bridges are possible between the different training courses. Preparation and upgrading courses are available prior to entry in the preparation of diplomas.