Timber construction is characterised as much by traditional as by innovative techniques. While classical craft techniques are needed on the one hand, many construction processes involve the use of modern machines and highly complex planning and organisational procedures. Over the years this has led to the development of new qualification profiles at the interface between vocational and higher education. Which new requirements emerge from this for cooperation between learning venues from different educational sectors is the subject-matter of this article. The Biberach model presents the cooperation between Hochschule Biberach – University of Applied Sciences and the vocational rehabilitation organisation of the skilled carpentry trade in the State of Baden-Württemberg.