Best conditions: Successful training in the dual system represents the optimal launch to a career.

Those looking to optimise their career perspectives should focus on continuous advanced training.

A journeyman and a master roofer bow over a wooden plank to consult.
From journeyman to master craftsman – life-long learning is indispensable. Furthermore, new successes serve as a source of motivation again and again. © fotolia.com/contrastwerkstatt

Information on advanced training programmes

You'll find information on the various continuing education programmes from chamber organisations and a large number of private providers on the Internet. Additionally, a good overview in German can be found on "KURSNET" (website in German), provided by Germany's Federal Employment Agency. It also provides information regarding the conditions for various programmes.

Also of interest to that end is the website for advanced training, "Practically Unbeatable" ("Praktisch unschlagbar") from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.

Meister-BAföG/AFBG

Since 1996, the Meister-BAFöG training loan programme has been available. Eligible applicants are specialists from industry and skilled trades who would like to pursue advanced training in these or similar disciplines:

  • Master craftsmen and industrial specialists
  • Technicians
  • Commercial specialists
  • Nursing specialists
  • Business IT specialists
  • Programmers
  • Business administration specialists

Applicants are required to have completed primary training recognised under the German Vocational Training Act (website in German) or the Trades and Crafts Act, or to possess a comparable vocational qualification. Individuals interested in advanced training going beyond the master craftsman level, such as a university course, are not eligible for Meister-BAFöG. However, they are eligible for other sources of funding, such as "general" BAföG (website in German).