Our service for migrants in the trades and crafts sector
1. What are considered ‘trades and crafts’?
More than 130 occupations in the fields of construction and finishing, metal and electrical, wood and plastics, textiles, food, health and creative crafts are considered crafts or trades similar to crafts. In Germany, the law sets out which professions count as trades and crafts.
All professions for which a master craftsman’s examination or an equivalent qualification is a precondition for independent employment
All crafts in which a master craftsman’s examination can be taken voluntarily but is not a precondition for operating the trade
Annex B2: Trades similar to crafts
Companies that are based in Germany and associated with these professions must be members of one of the 53 chambers of crafts nationwide. The Rheinhessen Chamber of Crafts is responsible for the area between the cities of Mainz, Worms, Alzey and Ingelheim and Bingen.
You can discover which chamber of crafts is relevant for you here: https://www.handwerkskammer.de/
3. Recognition of foreign professional qualifications
You have acquired a trade-oriented vocational qualification abroad? Then contact the Rheinhessen Chamber of Crafts if you reside in our region or would like to work here. We will assess whether your professional qualification is recognized as equivalent to a German qualification.
Please make a personal appointment for an initial consultation
KAUSA Service Center Rhinehesse
Telephone: 06131 9992-495
The KAUSA Service Center Rheinhessen is responsible for the area between the cities of Mainz, Worms, Alzey and Ingelheim and Bingen. Which KAUSA Service Center in Rhineland-Palatinate is responsible for you can be found here https://www.kausa-rlp.de/.
Please bring the following documents to the initial consultation or mail them (in advance): ·
- Identity card or passport
- Educational certificates (final documents/certificates) from your country of origin in the original language
- Certified translations of your documents/certificates into the German language
- Curriculum vitae in tabular form, listing your experience, activities and advanced training courses
- Evidence of practical work experience
After an initial review of the documents, you can usually be told whether a formal application for a finding of equivalence has a chance of success. The procedure for recognition of a professional qualification usually takes between three weeks and three months.
5. Working in the trades and crafts for migrants
EU country citizens are allowed to take a job in Germany without any further permits.
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Qualified professionals from non-EU countries
Citizens of non-European countries need a residence permit and a work permit to take up employment. The website www.make-it-in-germany.com has information for potential immigrants on how to find their way successfully to Germany – from making preparations in the country of origin to arriving in Germany and taking the first steps here.