As acquittal or absolution today is called the solemn conclusion of the training period of apprentices in a craft profession . The apprentices receive their journeyman's letters after they have passed the exam .
The acquittal has its origin in the acquittal of apprentices in the craft guilds in the late Middle Ages and the following centuries. The apprentice was released from the master. With the acquittal, the craftsman left the master’s family and entered into a factual and wage-related relationship with the workshop. It was entered in the guild's journeyman's book, which was kept in the guild chest , which was often done with a formulaic way with an acquittal and oath. There followed a meal that the new journeyman had to pay. Finally he was accepted by the other journeymen.