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Take the Continuing Education Exam in Taxation

You can take examinations for the following degrees: Tax Specialist, Specialist Assistant Payroll and Salary, Accounting and Controlling, Agriculture and Forestry, as well as Digitalisation and IT Processes.

Process flow

Before you decide to take a continuing education examination, you should seek advice from the competent authority on the requirements for admission to the examination and, if necessary, take advantage of preparatory training courses.

  • In order to be admitted, you must submit an application for admission to the examination at the competent authority.
  • After successful admission to the advanced training examination, you will receive a summons to the written examination. Written and oral sessions usually take place on different days.
  • You will receive the summons to the oral exam after passing the written exam. The result of the written examination will be communicated to you in the summons.
  • At the test location, you must identify yourself as an authorized participant with proof of identity and the charge letter.
  • If you have taken part in the oral examination of the advanced training examination, you will usually receive a notification immediately as to whether you have passed the advanced training examination. 
  • After your overall result has been approved by the examination board, it will be sent to the competent authority. Your examination certificate will then be issued and sent to you.


  • The admission requirements differ in each case according to the desired advanced training qualification and are listed in the corresponding ordinance
  • As a rule, appropriate vocational training is required
  • Depending on the degree you are pursuing, you may need to provide proof of a certain level of professional experience

Which documents are required?

  • Completed application
  • Copy of the professional diploma certificate
  • Confirmation of the activities typical of the industry with time duration and weekly hours by the employer
  • Government-issued photo ID for identification during the exam

What are the fees?

Fee: 350,00 - 450,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Consultation Period: 3 Months
The registration deadline for the final exam is about three months before the first exam date. You can find out the exact registration deadline from the regionally responsible office.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 2 - 3 Months
The entire procedure of the advanced training examination after the registration deadline for admission, invitation, implementation of all parts of the examination, determination of results and issuance/dispatch of the examination certificate takes approx. six months and is dependent on the desired advanced training examination and the examination results specified therein.


  • Regulations may vary depending on the federal state
  • Objection to the competent authority
  • Detailed information on how to file an objection can be found in the "Notice of non-admission" and the "Notification of failure to pass the advanced training examination"

What else should I know?

By successfully passing the final examination, you will achieve an educational qualification at level 5-6 in the German Qualifications Framework.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Chamber of Tax Advisors


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)