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Register of craftsmen Registration by granting an exemption permit according to § 9 Abs. 1 HwO

Anyone who, as a citizen of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, wants to operate a craft subject to licensing in Germany as a standing trade (i.e. with a branch in Germany) without having successfully passed a German master craftsman examination or an equivalent examination within the meaning of § 7 (2) and (2a) of the Crafts Code (HwO) requires an exemption permit . In addition to the general regulation of § 8 HwO, there is a special regulation in § 9 HwO due to Community law requirements for citizens of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland.

An obligation to register in the register of craftsmen exists only in connection with establishment transactions, not in the case of a cross-border provision of services without establishment in Germany. Here, a notification procedure according to §§ 7 ff. EU/EEA Crafts Regulation (EU/EEA HwV) is provided.

Further information can also be found in the services:

  • Cross-border provision of services
  • Craft roll: Grant - exemption according to § 8 HwO

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Chamber of Crafts, in whose district the (future) branch is located.

This procedure can also be handled through a "point of single contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by the municipalities and the state for service providers.

Find your Point of Single Contact

Which documents are required?

1. Recognition of professional experience – does not apply to health crafts (Nos. 33 – 37 of Annex A to the Crafts Code (HwO))

  • Proof of nationality
  • Certificate of the nature and duration of the activity issued by the competent authority or body of the country of origin. The following professional experiences, partly combined with acquired professional qualifications, are taken into account:
    • self-employed or as a manager of the company for at least 6 years without interruption (the termination of this activity must not be more than 10 years ago) or
    • self-employed or as a manager of the company for at least three years without interruption, provided that at least three years of training have previously been completed in the profession concerned, or
    • self-employed or as a manager of the company for at least four consecutive years if at least two years of training have previously been completed in the profession concerned, or
    • self-employed for at least three years without interruption and at least five years of employment (the termination of the activity must not be more than ten years ago), or in a managerial position at least five years without interruption, of which at least three years in an activity with technical tasks and with responsibility for at least one department of the company after at least three years of training (this alternative does not apply to hairdressing).

The activity carried out must include at least one essential activity of the trade listed in Annex A to the Crafts Code for which the exemption permit is applied for. In addition to practical professional experience, professional qualifications are also to be taken into account, a certificate of training by a state-recognised certificate or recognition of the training by the competent professional organisation of the country of origin is also required.

2. Recognition of training and qualifications, in particular for health crafts (points 33 – 37 of Annex A to the HwO) and for access to all other Annex A professions, provided that proof of sufficient practical professional experience cannot be provided. Requires:

  • proof of nationality,
  • a certified copy of the evidence of formal qualifications or training,
  • if necessary, additional proof of practical professional experience.

Depending on the individual case, further evidence may be required, which is conclusively regulated in § 5 of the Ordinance on the conditions for the exercise of a craft subject to licensing (EU/EEA HwV) applicable to nationals of a Member State of the European Union or another contracting state to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or Switzerland.

If, during the examination of training and qualifications, it is found that there is a relevant skills deficit, compensatory measures consisting in the passing of an aptitude test or an adaptation period may be required under conditions specified by law.

What are the fees?

Fees apply in accordance with the scale of fees of the competent authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the competent authority.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 1 Month

Processing Time: 3 Months
in case of doubt about the authenticity of the document

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.