Professionals must have a Master Craftsman's certificate to set up a business in the craft sector in a self-employed capacity and to train apprentices.
The Master Craftsman's certificate exists for all the main craft trades. This includes 121 craft trades in the fields of food, fashion, health and hygiene, mechanics, construction, communications, multimedia and performing arts, as well as the various skilled crafts.
Preparatory courses for a Master Craftsman's certificate generally take 3 years to complete and are organised by the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts (Chambre des Métiers - CDM). Obtaining a Master Craftsman's certificate confers the title of Master Craftsman in the particular trade The Master Craftsman's certificate does not exist for professions that are under the purview of the Chamber of Commerce.
The courses are structured in modules. The maximum time in which to pass all of the modules is 6 years. Classes are generally held on weeknights and weekends. Courses are offered as continuing adult education and are adapted to the needs of adults and young people aged 18 or above.
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Preparatory courses for a Master Craftsman's certificate are intended for future entrepreneurs, as well as for anyone wishing to hold a position of authority at a company in a craft trade, industry or sales.
Holders of a Master Craftsman's certificate can found their own companies and train apprentices.
Candidates with the following qualifications are eligible to obtain a Master Craftsman's certificate:
- a diploma equal to or surpassing a vocational qualification (diplôme d'aptitude professionnelle - DAP/ certificat d'aptitude technique et professionnelle - CATP) in any profession or trade;
- a CATP or DAP in the chosen craft trade;
- a technician's diploma (depending on the specialisation);
- a technical secondary school leaving diploma;
- a general secondary school diploma;
- a post-secondary diploma;
- an equivalent diploma recognised by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth.
Recognition of equivalence of foreign diplomas must be requested from the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth. Applicants must submit certified copies of the diplomas and attach a cover letter in order to request acknowledgement of equivalence to Luxembourg diplomas.
The annual registration period for preparatory courses and exams runs from 15 June to 15 August of each year. It is not possible to register after this date.
Registration for courses and exams must be renewed for each session.
Course and exam registration procedure
Potential candidates must register online on the Website of the Master Craftsman's certificate. Supporting documents should be submitted as file attachments to the online registration form.
Potential candidates should fill out the online registration form and attach the following supporting documents:
- a copy of the certificate of study (DAP, CATP or recognised equivalent or higher diploma);
- a copy of the ID card or birth certificate;
- an employment certificate, or a copy of the employment contract together with a printout from the Department of Social Security (certificat d’affiliation) showing the relevant job title and contract start date.
Training course schedule and programme
To ensure optimal preparation for the Master Craftsman's certificate exam, the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts offers preparatory courses in the following fields:
- business organisation and management;
- applied pedagogy;
- professional theory and practice.
Classes are generally held on week nights and weekends. They begin in early to mid-September, and end in late March of the following year.
The courses are structured in modules. Candidates can follow the courses at their own pace and may, at the time of registration, select the modules they wish to take that year. As the maximum study period is 6 years, the CDM recommends a standard programme that allows for steady progress but still includes a time buffer.
All programmes include courses in business organisation and management, and in applied pedagogy. These courses are structured in 5 modules.
Organisation of the management and applied pedagogy courses into 5 modules
|Modules||Subjects||Number of hours|
|Module A: Law||
|Module B: Quantitative management techniques||
|Module C: Management techniques||
|Module D: Setting up a business||
|Module E: Applied pedagogy||
The CDM organises two exam sessions per year:
- one in spring (during the Easter break, between the end of March and mid-April);
- one in autumn (between early to mid-October).
During each session, candidates may sit the exams for each module:
- courses in business organisation and management, and applied pedagogy (modules A, B, C, D and E);
- professional theory courses (modules F, G and H).
Candidates may only sit theory exams for their registered modules if they have attended 80% of the classes and have paid their registration fees on time.
Candidates may only sit the practical exams if they have passed all the professional theory exams (modules F, G and H), can prove they have completed at least one year of work experience in the trade for which they are registered, and have paid their registration fees on time.
Criteria for passing exams
To pass, candidates must obtain a satisfactory mark overall (30 out of 60 points) for each module in management, applied pedagogy, technology and professional practice.
However, if a candidate obtains a mark lower than 20 points in one or more subjects in a combined module, that module will be considered failed, even if the final mark for the module is 30 points or higher.