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Continuing vocational training Promotion

Participants in vocational advancement training measures – such as master craftsman, technician, business administrator or educator – can receive financial support regardless of age. They receive a contribution to the costs of further training regardless of income and, in the case of full-time measures, an additional contribution to subsistence depending on their income. Natural persons, not companies, are supported.

Who should I contact?

For persons with their first place of residence in Lower Saxony and Bremen, the responsibility lies with the Investitions- und Förderbank Niedersachsen - NBank.


  • attendance of a training measure that is in principle eligible for funding,
  • Admission to the public law examination
  • Meeting personal requirements

Which documents are required?

  • Application for benefits under the Upgrading Training Act (AFBG)

What are the fees?

There are no fees.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The application must be submitted no later than the last day of instruction of the measure or section of the measure. Measures grants (course and examination fees) can be granted retroactively if the application is submitted in due time (see above).

Maintenance contributions cannot be applied for retroactively. They are paid from the beginning of the month in which classes begin, but not earlier than from the beginning of the month of application. The benefit ends at the end of the month in which the last lesson is held.

Processing duration

If possible, please contact the competent body two months before the start of the measure. In this way, the documents are as up-to-date as possible and the processing can usually be completed by the start of the course. In the summer months, a longer processing time may be expected.

Applications / forms

What else should I know?

The funding consists proportionately of grant and loan. The competent authority, as the granting authority, decides on the amount of the loan amount and on the amount of the grant share to the measure or maintenance contribution, as well as on the duration in which a maintenance loan is awarded for the examination preparation period.

Loan offer: The Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) sends the beneficiary a concrete loan offer in the amount of the loan entitlement stated in the approval decision. In a framework loan agreement under private law with KfW, the beneficiaries can determine whether and to what extent they want to make use of the offer.

The acceptance of the loan is strongly recommended, as this is the only way to make a possible loan waiver

Supporting institutions

The Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) sends the beneficiary a concrete loan offer in the amount of the loan claim stated in the approval decision.

Technically approved by

Investitions- und Förderbank Niedersachsen - NBank

Professionally released on



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