Request public appointment and swearing-in as an expert or expert

Would you like to be publicly appointed and sworn in as an expert or expert? Then you can apply for this at the ordering body responsible for you.

If you apply to the competent authority for public appointment and swearing-in as an expert, you must prove that you have the necessary prerequisites.

The competent body can be, for example, a chamber of industry and commerce, a chamber of crafts, a chamber of agriculture, a chamber of engineers or architects, but also an authority.

It is possible that the responsible body may limit the content of your order (for example, to a specialist area), for a limited period of time or with conditions (for example, the requirement to regularly participate in further training).

The public appointment and swearing-in of experts confirms the existence of a special professional qualification and personal suitability as an expert for a defined subject area in business transactions. As publicly appointed and sworn experts or publicly appointed and sworn experts

  • you are preferably consulted for the preparation of court opinions and must comply with appropriate expert orders,
  • you must accept private expert assignments within the scope of your capacities,
  • you are sometimes assigned fields of activity that are closed to other experts (so-called "reservation tasks", for example safety-related inspection of plants requiring approval in accordance with the Federal Immission Control Act).
  • Presentation of the services offered by you and the (definable) subject area
  • Curriculum vitae with presentation of the professional career
  • Proof of your special qualifications in the aforementioned field (certificates, diplomas, seminar certificates, proof of employment, other certificates, etc.)
  • If necessary, list of references, such as persons (with address), who can provide information about your special knowledge
  • several (usually 3 to 5) expert opinions prepared by yourself
    • You should deal with problems from the desired subject area and name solutions. The expert opinions must be comprehensible and contain necessary documents such as drawings, sketches, plans and photos.
  • if applicable, evidence of further training
  • Declaration on the assumption of fees and costs
  • for employees and civil servants: declaration of leave
  • Certificate of good conduct
  • Extract from the Central Trade Register
  • Current certificate in tax matters (formerly tax clearance certificate) of the responsible tax office in the original

Forms: yes (if offered)

Written form required: no

Online procedure possible: yes

Personal appearance required:

  • when conducting an examination appointment before a panel of experts: Yes


Your application for public appointment and swearing-in as an expert depends on the following conditions:

  • There must be a general need for expert services for the subject area you have designated. What is irrelevant in this context is how many experts there are already for the subject area in question. It depends solely on whether the subject area is of general importance. In the case of a subject for which experts have already been appointed in the past, the general need was already affirmed at the time and is therefore to be assumed.
  • You must prove your special expertise in the subject area you have designated. This means that you must have above-average knowledge, experience and skills in the relevant field. In addition to evidence in the form of documents to be provided by you (certificates, self-prepared expert opinions, references, etc.), participation in an examination before an independent expert committee consisting of experts is also considered.
  • Finally, you must have the necessary personal aptitude. Your personal suitability is to be assumed if you can offer the guarantee that your expert services will be provided impartially, independently, objectively and in a manner understandable to the client. There must also be no doubt about your personal reliability and integrity. This presupposes that you have so far behaved in accordance with the law and live in orderly economic conditions.

Related Links

  • § 36 Industrial Code (GewO)
  • § 36 a Industrial Code (GewO)

You can submit the application for public appointment and swearing-in as an expert informally or by means of a form provided online or by e-mail or post.

  • The application form can be found on the website of the competent authority of your municipality.
  • Submit the application form or the informal application for public appointment and swearing-in as an expert together with the required documents/evidence by post or e-mail.
  • As a rule, the competent authority decides on your application on the basis of the evidence you have submitted. Depending on your area of responsibility, an examination appointment can also be scheduled before an independent expert committee that queries and evaluates your specialist knowledge.
  • You can also submit the application form online.
  • The competent authority will decide on your application and inform you of its decision.

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