VET Glossary

Terms of the German VET system

The glossary is a source for terms and definitions which are used in the field of vocational education and training. Emphasis is placed on its usage in the context of the German dual system. The VET Glossary is a work in progress and updated and expanded on an ongoing basis.

The skills which enable people to gain, keep and progress in employment, including skills in the clusters of work readiness and work habits, interpersonal skills and learning, thinking and adaptability skills.

Source: NCVER 2013, Australia

During training, trainees are required to take part in an intermediate examination if this is stipulated in the training regulations. The intermediate examination is conducted by the chamber responsible, which also issues examination invitations. The company and the vocational school use the intermediate examination to identify the status of trainee knowledge. The result of the intermediate examination should be taken into account during the course of ongoing training.

Training concludes with the final examination, which is also conducted by the relevant chamber.

Trainees are entitled to take the final examination if:

  • they have completed the period of training;
  • they have taken part in any intermediate examination prescribed;
  • they have properly maintained their report book.

It is frequently the case that the company will automatically receive a registration from the chamber responsible, which in all cases is required to make public announcement of examination dates. The party providing training and the trainee merely need to sign and return the form.

The examination normally comprises a written part, a practical part and/or an oral component. More detailed provisions are contained within the training regulations governing the respective occupation.

The aim of the examination is to ascertain whether candidates are in possession of the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies, and whether they are familiar with the learning contents imparted at the vocational school and are therefore in a position to exercise in practice the occupation in which training has taken place. Candidates who have passed the examination receive a final certificate from the chamber (this is referred to as a “journeyman certificate” in the craft trades). The examination can be repeated on two occasions by candidates who do not pass. In such circumstances, training time is extended at the request of the trainee until the next possible examination date but may not be extended for more than one year.

Trainees who display very good levels of performance during training may be granted early admission to the examination. A relevant application must be submitted to the chamber.

Source: Jobstarter