Chamber of Crafts Dortmund

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Chamber of Crafts Dortmund
Organizational form Public corporation
founding year 1900
Seat Dortmund
president Berthold Schröder
Chief Executive Carsten Harder
Associated 19679
General Assembly 51
Bureau 3
Key figures
Number of managers 4th

The Chamber of Crafts (HWK) Dortmund is one of 53 chambers of crafts in the Federal Republic of Germany with its seat in Dortmund .

In 2018, 19,679 companies were active in the Dortmund chamber district, 11,378 of them in full trades, 4,457 in non-licensed trades and 3,844 in trades-like trades. The number of employees is around 129,000. The turnover generated by the regional crafts in 2018 was 13.3 billion euros.

Chamber of Crafts Dortmund


1897 An amendment to the Industrial Code for the German Reich (the contents of the 1953 Handwerksordnung were transferred) into force, which provided the legal basis for the establishment of chambers of trade. The actual implementation was left to the individual federal states, for the Kingdom of Prussia a corresponding decree by the Minister for Trade and Industry on August 14, 1899 gave the starting signal for the establishment of the chambers of crafts. The official establishment took place in 1900, the first full assembly of the Chamber of Crafts Dortmund met on April 19th of that year. Julius Röper, master locksmith in Hamm, was elected as the first chairman.


The highest organ of the Dortmund Chamber of Crafts is the general assembly. Two thirds of it is made up of self-employed craft entrepreneurs and one third of journeymen or other employees who have completed vocational training. Representatives from the various trade groups are elected to this “parliament” of the self-governing craft. The most important decisions of the Chamber of Crafts are made by the voluntary representatives of the member companies. The general assembly elects, for example, the board of directors, committees and managing directors, establishes the budget, issues regulations on vocational training and the journeyman's and master craftsman's examination regulations. The general assembly of the Dortmund Chamber has a total of 51 members, 34 of whom are employers and 17 are employees. They are elected for five years each, the current electoral term lasts until 2019.

President of the Dortmund Chamber of Crafts has been Berthold Schröder since 2014, who has also been Vice President of the West German Chamber of Crafts (WHKT) since 2016 . The vice-presidents of the Dortmund Chamber are Kerstin Feix for the employer side and Klaus Feuler for the employee side. Feuler has also been Vice-President (employee side) of the German Chamber of Crafts since 2005 and was also Vice-President of the WHKT from 1998 to 2010. Carsten Harder has been the general manager of the Dortmund Chamber of Crafts since January 2019, while Henrik Himpe is the deputy general manager.

The Dortmund Chamber of Crafts is a member of the West German Chamber of Crafts, the umbrella organization of the chambers of crafts in North Rhine-Westphalia, and at the federal level of the Central Association of German Crafts .

Chamber district Dortmund

The catchment area of ​​the Dortmund Chamber of Crafts extends from the Hellweg-Lippe region ( Soest , Lippstadt , Hamm , Unna ) via Dortmund and Lünen to Bochum , Herne , Hagen and the Ennepe-Ruhr district .

There are five district craft associations within the chamber district: Dortmund and Lünen, Hagen, Hellweg-Lippe, Herne and Ruhr (Greater Bochum and Ennepe-Ruhr district). These are formed from the local craft guilds.


The tasks of the Chamber of Crafts are essentially determined by law by the Crafts Code. The first priority is to represent the interests of the member companies at all levels of economic, political and social life. This includes political advice and the representation of trade policy issues to all social groups and the public.

In addition, the Chamber of Crafts fulfills sovereign tasks on behalf of the state (economic self-administration). Particularly noteworthy here are the management of craft and apprenticeship roles , training advice and regulation of vocational training, the appointment and swearing-in of experts, the issuing of examination regulations and the formation of examination boards. Many requirements would not be able to be met without the voluntary commitment of the members with which they serve the common good, be it in the general assembly, in the vocational training committee or in an examination committee.

Professional training and further education

Main building of the Dortmund Chamber of Crafts

In addition to the sovereign tasks, the area of ​​professional training and further education is becoming increasingly important for the Dortmund Chamber of Crafts. The Chamber of Crafts operates five training centers for skilled crafts training and further education: the Ardeystraße (BZA), Hansemann (BZH) and Körne training centers in Dortmund and the Soest and Ruhr training centers (in Bochum). A wide variety of training and further education opportunities (including master classes in 22 trades) are offered here. Modern training rooms and workshops are available for this. The BZA is home to 16 master schools, the academy for corporate management, inter-company training in ten professions, as well as commercial advanced and advanced training courses. The inter-company vocational training facility for office clerks in the trade, located in the Ardeystraße education center, has been officially recognized as the “Competence Center for Office Clerks Online” (KOMZET) according to the funding guidelines of the federal government since November 2011. The Skilled Trades Center has developed a new, innovative training concept with a powerful online learning platform for inter-company apprenticeship training. The BZH is a training center for the scaffolding craft, craft-like trades and for the field of two-wheeled technology. The site of the former Adolf von Hansemann colliery was converted into a modern training center. The 47,000 m² complex in Dortmund-Mengede is an example of successful structural change in the Ruhr area. The training center for the scaffolding trade is the largest in Germany, where dual training is made possible at one location. The historic facade of the former mine is now used to build modern system scaffolding. In the large indoor hall, exercises can be carried out regardless of the weather. Master courses for scaffolders have also been offered here since 2001. The area of ​​the Hansemann Education Center also houses the master school for roofers and carpenters, a training center for corrosion protection and a modern two-wheeler workshop.

Business promotion

The services of the Dortmund Chamber of Crafts also include the areas of management consulting and economic development. The Chamber's management consultancy offers all founders and member companies advice and information in business and technical areas for everyday business. The advice is personal, neutral, confidential and free of charge. In particular, the advisors of the Chamber of Crafts take care of companies and people who want to set up or take over a craft business. They help in the search for a takeover or a handover and prepare the company succession together with the company. The consultants also offer support with digitization, expansion and the search for new markets at home and abroad, and help companies develop new advertising and marketing strategies. The business consultancy also supports companies that have got into a crisis and looks for ways to overcome the crisis. There is also advice on technical, technological and environmental issues and on special topics, such as the integration of people with disabilities, as well as the establishment and support of craft cooperations.


In September 2014, the headquarters of the Chamber of Crafts moved from Reinoldistraße in downtown Dortmund to a new building on Ardeystraße 93 further south. This means that both the education center (BZA) located there and the head office are now at the same address in one place.


  • Karl-Peter Ellerbrock, Ulrike Schlieper: Crafts and the mining region . 100 years of the Dortmund Chamber of Crafts. Ed .: Chamber of Crafts Dortmund, Westphalian Economic Archives Foundation. Chamber of Crafts Dortmund, Dortmund 2000, ISBN 3-00-005865-6 .

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Coordinates: 51 ° 30 '56.9 "  N , 7 ° 28' 2.4"  E