Journeyman's examination: Admission

If you want to take the journeyman's examination at the end of your training in the trades, you need an admission.

At the end of a recognised vocational training in the skilled trades, you as a trainee (apprentice) must prove your professional skills in the journeyman's examination.

To be admitted to the journeyman's examination, you must:

  • have completed the training period prescribed in the training regulations,
  • have passed the prescribed intermediate examination/Part 1 of the journeyman's examination and have held evidence of formal qualifications,
  • register for the exam or have it registered by your trainer.

In addition, your vocational training relationship must be registered in the apprentice role. This does not apply if the entry is missing for a reason for which neither the trainee nor his/her legal representative is responsible.

Anyone who has been trained at a vocational training institution is also admitted if this course corresponds to vocational training in a recognised training occupation. With appropriate performance, trainees can also be admitted to the final examination after consultation before the end of their training period.
External examinees and/or examinees without previous vocational training but with sufficient periods of professional activity are admitted according to special regulations.

If the journeyman's examination is carried out in two separate parts, a separate decision will be made on admission.

The Chairman of the Examination Board decides on admission to the journeyman's examination. If he/she does not consider the admission requirements to be met, the Examination Board shall decide.

As a result of the examinations, a written certificate is issued to the examinee.

For the initial examination:

  • Application form
  • a copy of the certificate of participation in the intermediate examination/Part 1 of the journeyman's examination,
  • prescribed evidence of formal qualifications,
  • Copy of the certificate of participation in prescribed training measures.

In the case of the re-examination, in addition:
Copy of the vocational training contract or copy of the application for extension of the vocational training relationship.


Apprentices must be released to take part in examinations. For the period of leave, the trainees will continue to be paid the training allowance.

People with disabilities should already point out their special concerns when registering for the journeyman's examination so that they can be taken into account when carrying out the journeyman's examination.

Trainees who have taken parental leave must not be disadvantaged when deciding on admission.

Further information on the journeyman's examination in the craft sector can be found on the website of the Lübeck Chamber of Crafts.

  • Journeyman's examination
  • § 36 Abs. 1 Gesetz zur Ordnung des Handwerks (Crafts Code - HwO),
  • Vocational Training Act (BBiG).

Related Links

  • § 36 HwO
  • BBiG

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