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Authorisation to practise for journeymen or companions or skilled workers or skilled workers with qualified professional experience


Anyone who has completed a journeyman's examination or a final examination in a recognised training occupation and has acquired relevant professional experience can become self-employed in many trades requiring approval or exercise a business manager function. The professional qualification must have been obtained in the craft to be practised. In the case of certain crafts, it is sufficient if the professional qualification was obtained in a craft related to it, which can be inferred from the Ordinance on Related Crafts.

In addition to a journeyman's or final examination, proof of relevant professional experience is also required, which must be acquired after the training. At least six years of professional experience is required, including at least four years in a managerial position. A managerial position is to be assumed if the person concerned has been delegated decision-making powers on his own responsibility in an establishment or a substantial part of the business, which must be substantiated by employment references, job descriptions or in another suitable manner. The granting of a licence to journeymen or companions with qualified professional experience is not suitable for chimney sweeps and health trades (opticians, audiologists, orthopaedic technicians, orthopaedic shoemakers, dental technicians).

  • You must be able to prove a journeyman's examination or a comparable final examination in the craft to be operated.
  • After the journeyman's examination, they worked in the craft for at least 6 years.
  • Of the 6 years, you have been in a managerial position in a company or a substantial part of the company for at least 4 years.
    • A managerial position includes independent decision-making powers, which can be proven by job references or job advertisements.
  • You have business, commercial and legal knowledge.
  • Application for the granting of a right to exercise
  • Proof of identification
  • Proof of formal professional qualifications acquired (journeyman's certificate, degree certificate)
  • Proof of at least six years of application-related professional experience, including at least four years in a managerial position. Proof of a managerial position in a company or a substantial part of the business can be provided, for example, by job references and job descriptions.

The specific fee results from the schedule of fees of the Chamber of Crafts, which is available on the website of the Chamber
is available.

You can only practise a craft subject to authorisation once you have been entered in the register of craftsmen. A right to exercise must therefore be made at an early stage.

Legal recourse is open against a rejection of the application. Depending on the federal state in which the application was made, a preliminary procedure must first be carried out. Information on the existing remedies can be found in the instructions on appeals in the notices.

The competent chamber of crafts is the chamber of crafts in whose district the main commercial establishment is located. If this place of business has not yet been determined, the competent chamber of crafts and crafts in whose district the applicant's residence is located.

The Senator for Economics, Labour and Europe of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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