Proof of professional aptitude to manage a company in the road haulage sector

To open a business that transports goods by road, you must prove your professional competence

You need this proof to apply for a road haulage permit for national freight transport or an EU licence for freight transport in the European Union. As an entrepreneur or transport manager, you must prove your professional suitability to run a road haulage company in order to obtain a permit.

As a rule, you provide proof by means of an examination. You take the exam in Germany at your local Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK).

In the examination, you must prove the legal knowledge necessary for operation, commercial basics, knowledge of technical standards and regulations as well as road safety. A more detailed list can also be found in the orientation frame, which is linked in the further notes.

You should prepare intensively for the content of the exam, for example through a preparatory course or intensive self-study. However, there are no legal requirements for registering for the exam.

The examination is an overall examination consisting of two written and one oral part. In both written parts, at least 50 percent of the respective score must be achieved in order to be admitted to the oral examination. The exam is passed if at least 50 percent of the score was achieved in the oral exam and at least 60 percent of the total number. Anyone who has achieved at least 50 percent of the achievable score in both written parts and a total of at least 60 percent of the total score is exempt from the oral examination.

In certain cases, they can be certified as suitable by means of transitional regulations even without taking the examination. If you have completed an apprenticeship in the field of forwarding / logistics, which was started before 4.12.2011, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce will issue you with a certificate on request even without taking the examination.

If you had already been working in a leading position in the forwarding industry for ten years before 2009, you can be issued proof of suitability on request without taking the examination. See also leaflet in the further notes.

  • In case of proof by examination: none
  • In case of proof by conclusion:
    • Proof of the final examination
  • If proven by professional experience:
    • Proof of your professional activities
  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: partly for exam registration
  • Written form required: no
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes, for examination


  • For exam registration: none
  • For proof through training: Completion in a training started before 4.12.2011 to:
    • Merchant in rail and road transport, focus: road freight transport
    • Forwarding agent
    • Transport Specialist
    • Diplom-Betriebswirt/Diplom-Betriebswirtin im Ausbildungsbereich Wirtschaft, Fachrichtung Spedition der Berufsakademien Lörrach und Mannheim
    • Diplom-Betriebswirt/Diplom-Betriebswirtin im Fachbereich Wirtschaft I Studiengang Verkehrswirtschaft und Logistik, Fachrichtung Güterverkehr der Fachhochschule Heilbronn,
    • Bachelor of Arts, Degree in Business Administration/Forwarding, Transport and Logistics at the Universities of Cooperative Education Lörrach and Mannheim
    • Bachelor of Arts, Degree programme in Transport Management and Logistics, specialisation in Transport Logistics at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences
  • For proof of professional experience:
    • At least 10 years of managerial activity in a road haulage company

Related Links

  • § 5 Ordinance on Access to the Profession for Road Haulage (GBZugV)

For the proof of aptitude by examination, you first register in writing or online with your local IHK for the examination.

  • The Chamber of Industry and Commerce will confirm your registration for the examination.
  • You first pass the two written examinations successfully.
  • After passing the written examination, the oral examination takes place.
  • About 14 days after passing the exam, you will receive your certificate of professional aptitude.

With the certificate, you can now apply for your permission to open your business with the competent authorities.

For proof of professional aptitude without taking the exams, send your written application including all proof to the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. After processing, you will receive your certificate by post.

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