Certified business economist according to the craft regulations

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Certified business economist according to the Crafts Code ( Geprüfter Betriebswirt (HwO) ) is a publicly recognized qualification in Germany that is awarded after successfully completing commercial advancement training . This is the highest education in the craft , which already in 1977 with the business administrator of crafts ( Business Administration (dH) = (BdH)) in Baden-Wuerttemberg began. The nationwide examination takes place on the basis of a special statutory ordinance before the examination board of a chamber of crafts . The ordinance on the examination for the recognized advanced training qualification Certified Business Economist according to the Crafts and Trades Code came into force on April 1, 2011 with a transition period until December 31, 2015. The previous chamber regulations according to § 42a HwO are thus replaced by the national statutory ordinance according to § 42 HwO. The preparatory courses are held by the respective crafts academies of the chambers of crafts.


The aim of professional training to become a certified business economist (HwO) is to qualify future managers in the craft. Graduates should be enabled to run a company sustainably, independently and responsibly. This includes the following tasks in particular: Strategically planning the development of a company, managing the company and operationally implementing the goals, in particular

  1. evaluate legal, macroeconomic, political and international developments,
  2. analyze market-related and internal company processes,
  3. plan the corporate strategy and implement it through business management in day-to-day business,
  4. sustainably improve the organization and business processes of the company in line with the corporate strategy,
  5. Determine and develop your own position in procurement and sales markets in accordance with your strategic orientation,
  6. Strategically plan and implement personnel recruitment and development as well as manage personnel.

With a strategically oriented understanding of the action, the certified business economist (HwO) should perform these tasks according to the craft regulations with business management expertise, combined with method, leadership and social competence. When developing new solutions, the economic, ecological and social dimensions of sustainable management must be taken into account.

This content is integrated into the following qualification areas in the framework curriculum:

  • Strategy development
  • Corporate governance
  • Human resource management
  • Innovation management

A central aspect of the framework curriculum is the competence orientation, which includes aspects of technical, methodological, leadership and social competence. The processing of complex problem solutions is reflected in the design of the written examination parts. These are formulated on the basis of operational situation tasks, which allow competence-oriented examinations as images of operational reality.

The standard time value for face-to-face teaching is 700 hours, but there is a possibility of 10% up or down.

Examining institution

The examination for the certified business economist (HwO) is held by the chambers of crafts. The respective examining Chamber of Crafts appoints an examination committee that is responsible for carrying out the examinations.

Qualifications framework EQF / DQR

The business economist builds on the master craftsman training and represents the highest qualification level in the craft, so this degree is on the so-called master-plus level. In order to be able to classify the acquired competence level, the business economist treated here was classified at level 7 of 8. This qualification is therefore on the same level as the academic master's or academic diploma degree.

This decision is intended to clarify the equivalence of vocational and university education and to express that educational formats that qualify for different fields of action can have the same level of requirements. Although the degrees correspond to the same level of competence (equivalent), the degrees are not of the same kind. The competencies of the individual fields of activity and occupational fields differ considerably in some cases. The classification of master's, diploma and business economist must therefore not be misunderstood in such a way that they could carry out the same activities.

Exam admission requirements

  • a successfully passed master's examination in a craft or
  • a recognized advanced education for a settlement under the Vocational Training Act to foreman , business administrator, specialized merchant, to a specialized master or a degree for state-certified technician or a state or state-recognized university with comparable qualifications and one year of professional practice or
  • can provide evidence of an advanced training degree with other relevant qualifications and at least three years of professional experience.

Financial funding opportunities

Participants can apply for benefits through the Advancement Training Assistance Act (“Meister-BAföG”) to support the training costs and examination fees .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Examination regulations for the Chambers of Crafts in Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Mannheim and Stuttgart "State-recognized business economist in the craft". Accessed on July 8, 2018
  2. Other advanced training in the craft . In: Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks e. V. (ZDH) . ( zdh.de [accessed on July 5, 2017]).
  3. German Qualifications Framework - Qualification Search. Retrieved July 5, 2017 .
  4. Business economist (HwO) | Further training for master craftsmen. Retrieved July 5, 2017 .
  5. German qualifications framework - qualifications of professional advancement training assigned to DQR level 7. Retrieved July 5, 2017 .