Apprenticeship training is concluded with the apprenticeship leave exam. With successful completion of the exam, the apprentice shows that he or she has acquired the skills and competences needed to be successful. The exam consists of a practical and a theoretical section.
The apprenticeship leave exam aims to establish whether the apprentice has acquired the skills and competences required for the respective apprenticeship trade and whether the apprentice is able to carry out the job activities in an appropriate manner. The exam consists of a practical and a theoretical part. The theoretical aspect is waived for candidates who have successfully completed part-time vocational school. In the practical section the candidates have to demonstrate practical skills and competencies. This element of the examination is organised by the regional Apprenticeship Offices and has to be taken in front of a board of examiners (examination committee) which comprises a chairperson and two stakeholders (one employer and ane employee representatives). The chairperson is appointed by the Regional Advisory Board on Apprenticeship (LBAB) for five years. The chairperson and at least one member of the board must be professional experts in the respective field and the chairperson must also be an authorised apprenticeship trainer.
The apprenticeship qualification can also be acquired via an exceptional admission. For this purpose, relevant periods of professional practice or attendance of relevant course events are credited as a substitute for formal apprenticeship training.
After passing the exam, the graduate receives a certificate that bears the name of the occupation. It is issued by the Apprenticeship Office.
For more information:
- Apprenticeship. Dual Vocational Education and Training in Austria. Modern Training with a Future. Available at: http://www.ibw.at/components/com_redshop/assets/document/product/1414143989_apprenticeship2014.pdf
- ibw: Apprentice exit assessment (LAP) (German only). Available at: https://www.lap.at/