Apply for extended training period or part-time training

In case of problems in training, failed examination or part-time training, you can apply for an extension of your training period.

There are three main reasons why you are extending your training period:

  1. Extension in exceptional cases

There may be many personal or school reasons for extending an education.

In order to extend the training relationship, there must be important reasons justifying this. These can be, for example, longer illnesses, significant deficiencies in training, maternity protection 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 of the contract and can be specified in the vocational training contract at the beginning of the training. However, it can also be agreed for a limited period of training. The principle is:

  • The reduction in daily or weekly training time may not exceed 50 percent of full-time training.
  • The duration of the training period is extended accordingly in proportion, but no more than 1.5 times the regular duration of the training.

Due to the required extension of training time in part-time training, it may happen that the end of the new contractual training period does not correspond 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 body responsible for your vocational training. Depending on the profession, this can be, for example, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Chamber of Agriculture or another chamber.

  • Amendment Agreement
  • For part-time work instead: training contract
  • In the case of extension in exceptional cases: if necessary, evidence justifying the extension of the training period
  • Forms: Application for an extension of the duration of training
  • Online procedure possible: partial
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no

The regionally responsible body provides you with all forms as a download on the website.


For the extension in exceptional cases:

  • prolonged illness due to which many contents in vocational school and/or company were missed
  • physical or mental disability
  • Pregnancy and/or parental leave
  • Very poor result in the intermediate examination, which does not allow completion in regular training duration to be expected

For the extension in case of non-passing of the final examination:

  • failed final examination
  • 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.

Related Links

  • § 8 Vocational Training Act (BBiG)
  • § 7 a Vocational Training Act (BBiG)
  • § 21 paragraph 3 of the Vocational Training Act (BBiG)

You submit the application for an extension of the duration of the training to the body responsible for you. Depending on the reason for the extension, the further procedure runs slightly differently:

In case of extension in exceptional cases:

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

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 training.
  • As a rule, you will receive confirmation of part-time training together with confirmation of registration of the training relationship.

In case of extension due to non-passing of the examination:

  • Immediately after receiving the non-passing notice, you apply for an extension of the training period due to non-existence.
  • Your training company must agree to the extension.
  • You and your training company will receive a change confirmation.

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Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce

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