Experts Persons in the field of crafts Public appointment and swearing-in Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Publicly appointed experts in the craft sector are distinguished by their special expertise, objectivity and trustworthiness. They are subject to supervision by the competent body.

Publicly appointed experts are all persons appointed and sworn in by a public institution. According to the Crafts Code (HwO), it is the responsibility of the competent body to appoint and swear in expert persons for the purpose of reimbursing expert opinions on the goods, services and prices of craftsmen and craftsmen.

The basis and conditions for public appointment and swearing-in are laid down in detail in Section 91 (1) No. 8 HwO, the Expert Regulations (SVO) issued by the competent authorities and the general provisions of Sections 36 and 36a of the Commercial Code (GewO). The SVO determines the selection and appointment procedure under which the competent body carries out the public appointment, regulates the rights and obligations of the experts and regulates the legal relations between the expert and the competent body.

Related Links

  • Section 36 a Trade Code (GewO)
  • Section 36 Trade Code (GewO)

No documentation is required.


  • First
    • Age: at least 30, maximum 62 years
    • Proof of special expertise (above-average expertise), the necessary practical experience and the ability to produce expert opinions.
      This special expertise is determined by the Chambers of Crafts with the support of the competent trade association in accordance with a procedure developed by the Chambers of Crafts and Crafts, which provides for an oral expert meeting before a competent committee in addition to the preparation of a test report and a written test.
    • Ordered economic conditions (possibly Schufa information)
  • Experts may also be appointed and sworn in by the public if:
    • they are entitled to practise a craft independently (master's examination, graduate engineer), but are not registered, but
    • have been active for at least 6 years in the last 10 years in a craft enterprise of the trade for which they wish to be appointed, including at least 3 years as a craft trader or in a managerial capacity,
    • their establishment as an expert or, in the absence of such an expert, having their principal residence in the district of the competent body,
    • and the other conditions set out above.
  • In addition to the high level of technical knowledge, the applicant must also master the legal bases associated with the expert activity.

Related Links

  • Section 36, 36a Trade Code (GewO)
  • Section 91 paragraph 1 No. 8 and 106 paragraph 1 No. 12 Crafts Code (HwO)

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