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A master that works as a professional worker in a vocational or professional school, must pass the master craftsman exam, have an active knowledge of the Slovenian written language, an appropriate education and have passed the professional exam in education.


  • Persons who work in education and training must pass a professional examination, which is performed orally and encompasses three parts that are taken in the following order:

    At the oral exam, the candidate must prove detailed knowledge of the contents that apply to the area where educational work is implemented, and general knowledge of other contents.

    An individual part of the oral examination takes maximum 15 minutes.

    The candidate who wants to take the professional examination must apply with a form. The application is submitted directly at the ministry and sent by post.

    Professional exam is taken in front of an exam commission with at least three members. The grade for each individual part of the oral exam and entire oral exam is passed or failed. The candidate passes the exam if all parts of the oral exam are passed. A certificate is issued after a passed professional exam.

    When the exam is taken the first time, it is free of charge, any resit of the exam costs EUR 54.90 including VAT. Professional exams are implemented from 15 September to 15 July.


  • Applicants have never been:

    • convicted res judicata of a premeditated criminal offence which is prosecuted ex officio, to an unconditional sentence of imprisonment for more than 6 months;
    • convicted res judicata of a sexual offence.
  • The master craftsman exam is intended to verify if the candidate is qualified to perform their profession and occupation, to independently manage the shop, educate trainees and master other knowledge and skills determined in the list of exams for the master craftsman exam.

    The master craftsman exam is taken in four parts:

    •  practical part (1st),
    • professional and theoretical part (2nd),
    • managerial and financial part (3rd),
    • pedagogical and andragogical part (4th).

     Individually, the parts of the master craftsman exam are divided in exam units in accordance with the list of exams, determining the content, scope of master craftsman's activities, the aims of the exam and parts of the exam indicating professional areas.


    The candidate who wants to take the master craftsman exam, submits and application at the competent authority, proving the suitability for taking the exam. The candidate applies at the competent authority for each exam unit with an application 30 days prior to the exam date at the latest. The candidate can make an electronic application or apply by post.


    The entire exam is taken in accordance with the list of exams.

    The practical part comprises the work test and master craftsman exam assignment. The written part for an individual subject in the professional and theoretical part of the master craftsman exam takes up to 180 minutes. The oral part of the exam or oral presentation takes a maximum of 30 minutes. The managerial and financial part of the exam is taken in written form and takes up to 180 minutes. The pedagogical and andragogical part of the master craftsman exam is composed of a written exam that takes up to 180 minutes and a practical appearance that takes 45 minutes.

    The candidate can take several written exams on the same day, however, they may not exceed 360 minutes.

    The competent authority sends the candidates exam dates for each individual part of the master craftsman exam at least once per year. All exam dates are published on the website of the relevant authority. If the master craftsman exam is passed, the candidate receives a certificate.


Recognition of qualifications acquired abroad

There are following systems for the recognition of professional qualifications acquired in the EU:

Cross-border provisions of profession

Performance of the profession in Slovenia is possible on cross-border/temporary basis. Prior to commencing the service, you must submit a written application to the competent authority.
Last modified:
8. 9. 2021