The Trade and Crafts Code
Membership of a skilled craft in Germany is not regulated via the company size or turnover, but by law. The Trade and Crafts Code determines which occupations are part of the crafts sector. Annex A lists all the occupations, for which a master craftsman’s examination is a prerequisite for self employment. The legislator demands a master craftsman’s examination for occupations that are particularly susceptible to dangers and/or require special training. Annex B1 lists all other skilled crafts occupations for which a master craftsperson’s examination can be taken voluntarily. So-called ‘skilled crafts-like trades’ are listed in Annex B2.