BWP 6/2019


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The examination system conducts over 400,000 final examinations per year and thus represents an important area within vocational education and training. As well as providing information on the skills, knowledge and competencies of individual candidates, examinations also reflect the effectiveness of the VET system itself. Ongoing quality assurance is required if they are to satisfy both of these functions. This issue of BWP investigates the question of how the examination system can keep pace with the shift that is taking place in VET. How can research findings be used to inform examination practice, and how are changes in training practice reflected in the way in which examinations are designed? What requirements are arising in terms of the organisation of examinations, and what demands are being made with regard to the competencies of examiners, most of whom are unpaid volunteers? This issue of BWP looks at these questions and other related topics.


Vocational education and training in figures

Katrin Gutschow; Barbara Lorig

The extended final and journeyman examination has become established

Special Focus

Heiner Kilchsperger

Pitfalls along the route to competence-oriented examinations

Experiences from Swiss vocational education and training

Viola Deutscher; Esther Winther

Central final examinations in vocational education and training – a plea

Natalia Lohmeyer; Stefanie Velten

The ASCOT+ research and transfer initiative launches with six projects

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Thomas Ressel

Turning the final vocational examination into a test of dual competence

Mette Lorentzen; Petra Vogt

“No skilled workers without examiners”

Recruitment and training of examiners at the Flensburg IHK

Philipp Berchtold

Examiner training in Switzerland

Initial and continuing training for examination experts from the EHB

Patrizia Grün; Armin Speidel; Meta Cehak-Behrmann

Structuring oral examinations in a language-sensitive way – a balancing act between empathy and conformity with examination regulations?

Monika Bethscheider; Anke Settelmeyer

Language-aware examinations – of whom and how?

Anja Schwarz

Examining additional qualifications in training

Industrial metalworking and electrical occupations acting as a stress test?

Thomas-Sebastian Bertram; Mirjam Brautmeier; Angelika Holstein

Written examinations and quality assurance in the craft trades

Establishment of national examination task databases at master craftsman and advanced training level

Friedrich Hubert Esser; Maria Kortz

Reintroduction of mandatory master craftsman licences in the craft trades?

Other Themes

Jost Buschmeyer; Florian Gasch

Acquiring competencies for the digital transformation in a self-directed way


Markus Bretschneider

Different kinds of advanced training regulations

Differences between regulations of the competent bodies and of the Federal Government