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Qualification: State-certified designer

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State-certified designer

Qualification Information

Type of qualification

This qualification is a advanced vocational training governed by federal state law at a trade and technical school. Trade and technical schools are continuing training institutions which impart recognised vocational qualifications governed by federal state law in various organisational forms (full-time or part-time basis).  They qualify workers to take on higher-level skilled work and middle-level and senior level leadership and management tasks in functional areas which are also knowledge and practice oriented.  Curricula build on the knowledge and competences imparted during initial vocational education and training and on the experiences gained from several years of professional activity and are closely aligned to company practice and current related technical disciplines. Duration of continuing training is 2 or 3 years (correspondingly longer if completed on a part-time basis).

Those completing the qualification are in possession of competences for the planning, processing and evaluation of comprehensive professional tasks and problems and of competences for autonomous management of processes in sub-areas of a technical specialism or in a field of occupational activity. They are in a position to reflect upon their own actions, take on management tasks and enter professional self-employment.

Description of the qualification (learning outcomes)

Possession of detailed knowledge, abilities and skills in the planning, formulation, drafting and execution of design processes
Able to offer creativity with a marked sense of form and colour sensitivity and be in possession of creative abilities and skills
Autonomous execution of a design project
Record and reflect upon professional facts and circumstances and provide effective textual and visual representation
Autonomous application of an extensive range of means of expression and of portrayal and presentation techniques
Possession of knowledge and abilities in project documentation
Autonomous product- and market-related processing and solution of design and production tasks according due
consideration to economic aspects
Assessment of professional innovation and sustainable structuring of interdisciplinary cooperation
Make confident use of hardware and software for computer-aided design, for technological process preparation and process management, for the commercial management of a company and for specialist research in a way which is adequate to the situation
Possession of specific knowledge in the field of quality assurance typical to the branch
Possession of broad and integrated business management knowledge and of relevant legal knowledge
Act in a foresighted and responsible way in considering and making decisions
Use knowledge of foreign languages in a way which is adequate to the situation
Use conflict-management methods
Appraise and lead people
Detailed understanding of group structures, exerting a positive influence on groups and managing groups in a positive manner
Cooperative and communicative behaviour within the team and in dealings with customers
Assumption of entrepreneurial and social responsibility
Demonstrate ethical, economic and ecological awareness within the context of sustainable development

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Public or state recognised vocational school

Access requirements: 

For the specialist areas of agriculture, design, technology and trade and industry:

completion of recognised and relevant vocational education and training pursuant to the Vocational Training Act/Crafts and Trades Regulation Code or in accordance with the regulations of the federal states and one year of relevant occupational activity


completion of vocational school or of an equivalent level of education and relevant occupational activity of at least 5 years.

For the specialist area of social services (state recognised educational support worker and state recognised remedial therapist):

intermediate secondary school leaving certificate or an educational qualification recognised as equivalent and completion of relevant vocational education or training or of training deemed to be equivalent in accordance with the regulations of the federal states

For the specialist area of social services (state recognised special needs education worker):

at least one year of full-time practical experience in social or special education institutions as a “state recognised educational support worker) or state recognised remedial therapist or a qualification recognised as equivalent in the federal state

Ways to acquire: 

State final examination:

  1. Following completion of training within the scope of the curriculum stipulated at a trade and technical school/specialised academy or
  2. Following admission as a non-pupil by the education authority of the federal state.