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Qualification: Engraver

Engraver

Qualification Information

Type of qualification

This qualification is a dual vocational education and training (3-year and 3½-year training course). The vocational education and training system is highly significant in Germany. Central importance in this regard is attached to training within the dual system, which facilitates access to many areas of occupational activity for which in other countries training at an institute of higher education is required. The system is described as “dual” because training is conducted at two independent training venues, the company and the vocational school. Training combines the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practically related competences with company practice. Successful completion of training confers the right directly to exercise the occupation in question as a qualified skilled worker in a state recognised training occupation. It also leads to the subsequent opportunity to access a wide range of upgrading training.

Those completing training hold the professional skills, knowledge and competences (employability skills) necessary for the exercising of a qualified occupational activity. They are in possession of competences for the autonomous planning and processing of professional tasks assigned within a comprehensive area of learning or field of occupational activity which is subject to change.

Description of the qualification (learning outcomes)

Engrave letters, lines, surfaces, figures and ornaments,
Use intaglio engraving techniques,
Design and decorate surfaces,
Produce signs,
Prepare patterns and moulds,
Fabricate stamping, moulding and embossing tools,
Produce and maintain engraving tools,
Prepare work pieces for engraving, laser and printing techniques using manual and machine production procedures,
Maintain operating equipment and technical systems, deal with hazardous substances and other materials,
Plan and document work, determine work steps and check and evaluate results,
Work autonomously and as part of a team whilst according due consideration to health and safety at work, health protection and environmental protection,
Take account of the aspects of cost-effectiveness, quality assurance and customer orientation when planning operational processes,
Deploy tools, machines and plants,
Use information and communication technologies

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NQF Level: 
4
Awarding body: 

Chamber of Crafts and Trades

Access requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements. Compulsory schooling of nine or ten full-time school years have to be completed. The training relationship is constituted via conclusion of a vocational education and training contract with a private sector company or comparable institution.

Ways to acquire: 

Training takes place at a company and at a vocational school. During company-based training, trainees acquire practically related competences within a real working environment. On one or two days a week or during blocks of one to two weeks’ duration, trainees attend vocational school, where general and occupationally related contents of a theoretical nature are imparted in a way that is linked to the practical training provided at the company. Training concludes with a final examination conducted by the examination board of the competent body.

Persons who are able to demonstrate that they have been employed in an occupation or in another relevant training occupation for a period at least one and a half times as long as is prescribed for the period of initial training or who are able to produce certificates or other evidence to prove that they have acquired sufficient employability skills may also be admitted to the final examination (so-called “external examination”).