Take the retraining examination in dual training occupations

You complete your retraining with the retraining exam. By passing the final examination, you prove your professional ability to act in a specific profession.

Retraining serves the professional reorientation, usually because you can no longer practice your previous profession. The retraining takes place on the basis of a recognised training occupation and, just like the vocational training, is concluded with a final examination, the retraining examination.

Retraining examinations consist of a written part of the examination and a practical or oral part of the examination. Both parts of the exam usually take place on different days. The written part of the examination takes place nationwide on a fixed day at the same time.

A retraining examination is carried out regionally by the bodies responsible for training in your profession (e.B Chamber of Industry and Commerce) for all retrainees at the end of the retraining period. Before you can take the retraining exam, you must have completed the retraining. This is two-thirds of the usual duration of training in the respective profession.

Since you have concluded a retraining contract with a company or training provider, this retraining relationship has been reported to the regionally responsible body (e.B. Chamber of Industry and Commerce) by your contractual partner. The competent authority therefore knows in which period you will take your Umschulungprüfung . The admission and registration process is started by the responsible body by post or electronically.

The implementation of the retraining examination is organised by the regionally responsible body in consultation with the voluntary examination board. The examination board consists of an employer representative, employee representatives and teachers' representatives. He takes your exam performance and evaluates it.

Your retraining relationship ends with the announcement of the result by the examination board. If you do not pass the retraining exam, you have the opportunity to retake the exam twice.

The examination fees due are paid by the training company or training provider with which you have concluded a retraining income.

  • Retraining contract (submitted before the start of retraining)
  • Registration form for the retraining examination
  • If applicable, form "Application for compensation for disadvantages"
  • Form: "Registration for the retraining examination" required; If necessary, application for "Operational Order", "Report", "Project Work" and "Specialist Task" required
  • If applicable, form: "Application for compensation for disadvantages" required
  • Online procedure possible: partial
  • Written form required: yes

Personal appearance not required for registration


  • You have completed the necessary period of retraining
  • You have taken part in the prescribed final examination Part 1, provided that this is provided for in the retraining regulations for the respective profession


By successfully passing the retraining examination, you will achieve an educational qualification at level 4 in the German Qualifications Framework.

Related Links

  • § 71 paragraph 2 of the Vocational Training Act (BBiG)
  • §§ 58 et seq. Vocational Training Act (BBiG)

You must plan your participation in a retraining examination in the long term and prepare it well. If you have a registered training contract, you may be informed in advance of the upcoming examination by the responsible authority, but you usually still have to register for the examination.

  • After you have registered for the exam, the admission requirements will be checked.
  • Upon admission to the final examination, you will receive an invitation to all parts of the examination (written and practical or oral part of the examination).
  • At the examination site, you must identify yourself with proof of identity and the examination registration.
  • The preliminary results of the written examination can usually be viewed on the homepage of the responsible body before taking the oral/practical examination.
  • If you have taken part in all parts of the exam, you will usually receive a timely notification as to whether you have passed

After your overall result has been determined by the Audit Committee, it will be transmitted to the competent authority. Your examination certificate will be sent to you.

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