Entry in the Register of Craftsmen requires that you - or a manager employed by you - meet the personal requirements for entry in the Register of Craftsmen, i.e.
- have passed the master craftsman's examination (§ 7 Para. 1a HwO), or
- meet the requirements of § 7 Para. 2 HwO, according to which engineers, graduates of technical universities and of state or state-recognized technical colleges for technology and design with the craft subject to licensing that corresponds to the study or school focus of their examination are also entered in the register of craftsmen. This also applies to persons who have successfully passed another German state or state-recognized examination that is at least equivalent to the master craftsman's examination for the practice of the relevant craft requiring a license.
- have an exemption permit (Section 7 (3) HwO) or authorization to practice (Section 7 (7) HwO) for the relevant craft (for details, see "Crafts law; exemptions as prerequisites for entry in the register of craftsmen"), or
- as ethnic German repatriates, provide credible evidence to the Chamber of Skilled Crafts responsible for their place of permanent residence that they were self-employed in a skilled craft as a standing trade or were authorized to instruct apprentices prior to resettlement. Section 10 (3) and (4) HwO shall apply mutatis mutandis to the prima facie evidence.
Registration takes place upon application by the business owner to the local Chamber of Skilled Crafts. Registration in the Register of Craftsmen is associated with the issue of a Craftsmen's Card. You can use the craftsman's card to legitimize yourself as a registered craftsman's business.
The following documents must be submitted
1. identity card of the displaced person
2. documents proving that you were authorized to run a craft business in your home country or that you were authorized to train apprentices in your home country
If the original documents within the meaning of no. 2 have been lost, they must be credibly proven:
- by a written declaration made in lieu of an oath by a person who, due to their previous official position in the applicant's district (e.g. applicant of the Trade Licensing Office, Chamber of Crafts or Chamber of Commerce), has personal knowledge of the previous self-employed activity or the authorization to train apprentices (e.g. if they registered the apprenticeship contract or were a member of an examination board or issued the trade card themselves) or
- by written declaration in lieu of an oath by two persons who have personal knowledge of the training authorization or the previous self-employed activity, e.g. they have seen apprenticeship contracts in which the applicant is named as the trainer or they have seen the document containing the training authorization, etc.