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Entry in the register of craftsmen with a foreign professional qualification on the basis of a determination of equivalence


Registration in the register of craftsmen is necessary if you want to operate a craft in Germany that requires a licence as your own.
This also applies if:

  • you want to independently carry out a significant part of a craft subject to licensing.
  • You want to independently practise several crafts that require a licence. In this case, you will need to be entered in the register of craftsmen for each craft that requires approval.

Registration in the register of craftsmen is possible for

  • natural or legal persons, and
  • partnerships with legal capacity.

In addition to the company, the management of the company is listed in the register of craftsmen. The management of a craft business must have the professional prerequisites for the exercise of the craft subject to licensing. Both the owner of a craft business and employees can be considered as business managers. A master craftsman's certificate for the respective craft, but also an equivalent domestic or foreign professional qualification can be considered as proof of qualification. In this respect, it is possible to have the equivalence of a professional qualification acquired abroad with a domestic master craftsman's qualification determined:

  • You will receive the equivalence assessment if you have acquired a certificate of training abroad that is equivalent to the master craftsman's examination in the craft to be pursued, taking into account other proof of qualifications.
  • This procedure applies regardless of nationality and to all professional qualifications, regardless of where they were obtained.

With the equivalence determination, you must be entered in the register of craftsmen.

Competent authority

Responsibility lies with the Chamber of Crafts in whose district the commercial establishment is located.

Requirements

  • As part of the equivalence assessment, it is examined whether the proof of training acquired abroad – taking into account other qualifications – is equivalent to the domestic master craftsman's examination in the desired craft.
  • Where appropriate, the applicant's knowledge and skills can be verified through appropriate procedures such as work samples, technical interviews, and practical and theoretical examinations.
  • If the proven professional qualifications are not equivalent, participation in an adaptation period or taking an aptitude test may be considered in order to compensate for the deficiencies identified.

Which documents are required?

  1. Sole proprietorship:
  • Copy of identity card or comparable identification document
  • Submission of the decision on the equivalence determination
  • Copy of the business registration (can be submitted later after entry in the register of craftsmen)
  1. Partnerships under civil law (GbR):
  • Copies of the identity card or comparable identification documents of the shareholders or persons authorised to represent them
  • Copy of the articles of association (unless informally concluded)
  • Submission of the decision on the equivalence determination
  • Copy of the business registration (can be submitted later after entry in the register of craftsmen)
  1. Commercial partnerships with legal capacity – general partnership (OHG), limited partnership (KG) and corresponding foreign company forms:
  • Copies of the identity cards or comparable identification documents of the shareholders or persons authorised to represent them
  • for proof of the entrepreneurial legal form at the company's registered office in Germany:
    • in the case of companies registered in the commercial register: extract from the register, in the case of a general partnership, a copy of the articles of association
    • if no registration has been made: copy of the articles of association
  • for proof of entrepreneurial legal form in the case of foreign legal forms:
    • Extract from the register of the competent foreign register in the case of companies registered in registers, otherwise - copy of the articles of association
  • Submission of the decision on the equivalence determination
  • Copy of the business registration (can be submitted later after entry in the register of craftsmen)
  1. Legal entities – limited liability company (GmbH), limited liability company (UG), stock corporation (AG), registered cooperative (eG):
  • Copies of the identity cards or comparable identification documents of the persons authorised to represent the company
  • for proof of entrepreneurial legal form:
  • if the company is based in Germany: Excerpt from the register of the commercial or cooperative register
  • in the case of foreign legal forms: extract from the register of the competent foreign register
  • Copy of the business registration (can be submitted later after entry in the register of craftsmen)
  • Information on the management of the company
  1. If an operations manager is employed, the following documents must also be submitted:
  • Operator's Declaration
  • Proof of management activity (copy of employment contract)
  • Proof of social security of the management
  • Submission of the decision on the equivalence determination

What are the fees?

The specific fee can be found in the Chamber of Crafts' schedule of fees, which can be accessed on the Chamber's website.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

You can only practice a craft that requires a licence if you are entered in the register of craftsmen. The determination of equivalence, which precedes the actual entry in the register of craftsmen, is time-consuming and should therefore be applied for at an early stage.

Processing duration

  • The competent authority must acknowledge receipt of the documents within 2 weeks and inform you if any documents are missing.
  • If the documents are complete, a decision on your application should be made within 2 months.
  • The time limit may be extended once if justified by the specifics of the matter.

In addition, a suspension of the deadline is provided for if additional information on the content and duration of a submitted training certificate is required.

Appeal

In Lower Saxony, the legal remedies are subject to legal action before the competent administrative court, as there is no longer any provision for preliminary administrative proceedings.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Building and Digitalisation

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)