The Promotion of Advancement Training Act (AFBG) offers the possibility of financially supporting continuing vocational training by attending master classes or other courses that are preparatory for a comparable training qualification. In principle, the support covers all occupational sectors (including health and nursing professions), irrespective of the form in which the training is carried out (full-time, part-time, media-supported or distance learning). Applicants may not, as a general rule, have yet been supported for a vocational qualification under this Act which is at least equivalent to the desired degree of training and which does not have a professional qualification which, according to their value, exceeds the desired degree of training (e.B. university degree). There is no age limit for the group of persons to be promoted. In order to finance the course and examination fees, a contribution to the measure is granted pro rata as a grant and low-interest bank loan, irrespective of income and assets. The loan is free of interest and repayment during the training period and during a subsequent grace period of two years - but not more than six years. Participants in full-time courses receive an additional subsistence contribution per month, depending on the income and assets of the student or the income of their spouse, which is also granted on a pro rata basis as a grant and a low-interest bank loan. For single parents, a contribution to the cost of childcare is granted as a subsidy. The duration of training is limited to 24 months for full-time training and 48 months for part-time training.