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Apply for an extension of the training period


There are three main reasons why you should extend your training period:

  1. Extension in exceptional cases

There can be many personal or educational reasons for extending an education.

In order to extend the apprenticeship, there must be important reasons that justify this. These can be, for example, prolonged illnesses, significant deficiencies in training, maternity leave periods or parental leave.

  1. Part-time training

Even in the case of part-time vocational training, the regular duration of training is extended. The agreement on part-time training is the subject matter of the contract and can be stipulated in the vocational training contract at the beginning of the training. However, it can also be agreed for a limited period of training. As a principle, the following applies:

  • The reduction in the daily or weekly training period may not exceed 50 percent of full-time training.
  • The duration of the training period shall be extended proportionately, but not more than 1.5 times the regular duration of training.

Due to the necessary extension of the training period in part-time training, it may happen that the end of the new contractual training period does not coincide optimally with the central examination dates. At the request of the trainee, an extension of the training period until the next possible examination may be requested.

You submit the application to the office responsible for your vocational training. Depending on the profession, this can be, for example, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Chamber of Agriculture or another chamber.

For the extension in exceptional cases:

  • prolonged illness due to which a lot of content was missed in vocational school and/or company
  • physical or mental disability
  • Pregnancy and/or parental leave
  • Very poor result in the intermediate examination, which does not allow completion in the regular training period to be expected

For the extension in case of failure to pass the final examination:

  • failed final exam
  • Approval of the company for the extension

For part-time training:

  • Agreement on part-time training with the training company

In the case of minors, the consent of the legal representatives is required in any case.

  • Amendment Agreement
  • In the case of part-time work instead: apprenticeship contract
  • In the event of an extension in exceptional cases: if applicable, evidence justifying the extension of the training period

There are no additional costs for processing an extension request. The costs are calculated within the framework of the training fee/supervision fee.

You must submit an application for an extension or a change application before the end of the regular training period or immediately after receiving a non-pass notice.

In the case of complete documents, processing usually takes place within 6 weeks.

Contact the competent chamber. This can be, for example:

  • the Chamber of Crafts for vocational training in occupations of the Crafts Code,
  • the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for vocational training in non-craft trades,
  • the Chamber of Agriculture for vocational training in agricultural and rural housekeeping professions,
  • the Chamber of Lawyers, Patent Attorneys and Notaries as well as the Notary Fund for the Vocational Training of Specialists in the Administration of Justice,
  • the Chamber of Auditors and Tax Advisors for the vocational training of specialists in the field of auditing and tax consulting,
  • the Chamber of Doctors, Dentists, Veterinarians and Pharmacists for the vocational training of specialists in the field of health professions.
  • Forms: Application for extension of the duration of training
  • Online procedure possible: partial
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no

The regional authority will provide you with all forms as a download on the website.

You submit the application for an extension of the training period to the office responsible for you. Depending on the reason for the extension, the further procedure is slightly different:

In case of renewal in exceptional cases:

  • They submit the application for an extension of the duration of the training.
  • Upon receipt, the circumstances will be checked and your training company will be heard. In individual cases, the vocational school may also be asked for an opinion.
  • You and your training company will receive a confirmation of change.

For part-time training:

  • You can usually apply for the shortening due to part-time work together with the application for registration of your apprenticeship at the beginning of the apprenticeship.
  • As a rule, you will receive the confirmation of part-time training together with the confirmation of registration of the training relationship.

In case of extension due to failure of the examination:

  • Immediately after receiving the certificate of failure, they submit an application for an extension of the training period due to failure.
  • Your training company must agree to the extension.
  • You and your training company will receive a confirmation of change.

Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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