Master craftsman bonus for passing master craftsman's examination or equivalent further training examination; payment

In Bavaria, every successful graduate of further vocational training to become a master craftsman or an equivalent qualification receives the Bavarian state government's master craftsman bonus.



  • The examination was taken before the technically and locally competent body in the Free State of Bavaria and the certificate was issued by this body. An exception is only possible if the examination is not offered in Bavaria. This is only the case if the examination is not offered in Bavaria as a matter of principle or if it would be necessary to wait more than one year for the examination. In all other cases, the graduate loses the right to the master bonus if he or she takes the examination outside Bavaria.
  • The degree must be listed in the annex to the guidelines for awarding the master craftsman bonus and the master craftsman prize of the Bavarian state government (see under "Legal basis").
  • Main residence or place of employment must have been in Bavaria at the time of the examination registration or at the time of the examination results.
  • The date on which the examination result was determined must not be more than two years ago.


After passing the exam, graduates in Bavaria are contacted by the responsible offices, through which payment is also made, for further application.


In order to receive the master craftsman bonus, the date on which the examination result was determined may not be more than two years ago. The date of receipt of the application by the competent office is decisive for compliance with the deadline.

Processing time

As a rule, payment is made twice a year. It can take several months from the issuance of the certificate to the payment.

Required documents

  • confirmation of employer

  • Confirmation of registration from the residents' registration office


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Responsible for editing:Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie

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