Once you have been granted authorization to practice or an exemption permit for a craft requiring approval (see Annex A to the Crafts Code), you can be entered in the Crafts Register.
Once you have been entered on the register of skilled crafts, you are permitted to practice the craft for which you have applied on a self-employed basis.
An exemption permit is generally granted to those who have the necessary professional experience in the trade in question. The relevant Chamber of Crafts decides whether the requirements for the exemption are met.
Authorization to exercise another trade in accordance with § 7a of the German Crafts Code (Handwerksordnung)
- The applicant is already registered in the register of skilled crafts with a craft listed in Annex A.
- Proof of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the craft for which the authorization to practice is applied for.
- The authorization to practice may be limited to a substantial part of the craft.
Authorization to practice in accordance with Section 7b of the Crafts Code (old journeyman regulation)
- Relevant journeyman's examination or correspondingly recognized training occupation
- At least six years of activity in this field (actual practice), of which a total of four years in a managerial position (independent decision-making authority)
- cannot be issued for the trades of optician, hearing aid acoustician, orthopedic technician, orthopedic shoemaker and dental technician.
Exemption permit according to § 8 Crafts Code
- Existence of an exceptional case: Considering all circumstances of the individual case, taking the master craftsman's examination represents an unreasonable burden (e.g. existence of other qualified examinations, outsourcing, health and physical disabilities, advanced age with many years of relevant professional experience, narrowly limited special activity).
- Necessary knowledge and skills in the practical, specialized theoretical and business management part to run a craft business.
- The exemption permit may be granted subject to conditions or for a limited period of time and may be restricted to a sub-area of the craft.
Exemption permit for nationals of EC and EEA member states in accordance with § 9 Para.1 Crafts Code
Nationals of member states of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland have access to a simplified proof of qualification with the procedure according to the EU - EEA Crafts Regulation. An exemption permit is granted to those who have the necessary professional experience in the relevant trade as defined in § 2 paragraph 2 and 3 of the EU - EEA Crafts Regulation. Special regulations apply to opticians, dental technicians, hearing aid acousticians, orthopedic technicians, orthopedic shoemakers.
You must apply for the authorization to practice or exemption permit at the responsible Chamber of Crafts.
The responsible Chamber of Crafts will check whether the requirements for the exemption are met. You will receive either an authorization or exemption notice or a rejection notice.