Master Craftsmanship (Brevet de Maîtrise)

Last update : 25.09.2023

General information

The Master Craftsmanship is aimed at adults who wish to set up and run their own craft business or who would like a managerial role in a craft, manufacturing or commercial business. Applicants must register for the training with the Chamber of Trades (Chambre des Métiers). The diploma is issued after attendance of all the preparatory classes and successful completion of the examinations.

Applicants, who must be at least 18, must hold one of the following diplomas:

  • Vocational Aptitude Diploma (Diplôme d'Aptitude Professionnelle - DAP) or former CATP
  • Technician's Diploma (Diplôme de technicien - DT)
  • Classical Secondary School Leaving Diploma (Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires classiques - DFESC)
  • General Secondary School Leaving Diploma (Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires générales - DFESG)
  • Any other post-secondary degree (Higher Technician's Certificate (Brevet de technicien supérieur - BTS), Bachelor, Master,...)
  • A foreign diploma or certificate recognised by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth

and provide evidence of at least 1 year of work experience in the trade chosen in order to sit the final practical examination.

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Preparatory classes

Preparatory classes for the Master Craftsmanship are broken down into modules and comprise 2 parts:

  • Business organisation and management and applied educational theory
  • Professional theory and practice

The training usually lasts for 3 years, but the maximum time allowed to pass all of the modules is set at 6 years. Classes are usually held on weekday evenings and on the weekend.

Applicants are free to put together their own study programme suited to their own pace. When registering they choose the modules that they would like to attend. Classes start in general mid-September and last until the end of March, or, with some exceptions, until the beginning of July of the following year. Further information about the exact duration of the course can be requested from the Chamber of Trades.

Registration fees for the preparatory classes amount to 600 euros per year of registration. Registration fees for the exams are set at 300 euros per exam session.

Here is the list of the available trades and their curricula

Final exam for the Master Craftsmanship

The Chamber of Trades holds 2 examination sessions per year.

Theoretical examinations

  • Spring session: during the Easter school holidays and in June
  • Autumn session: from early until mid-October

Practical examinations

  • Spring session: between mid-May and 31 July

Requirements for admission to examinations

In order to be admitted to the theoretical examinations, applicants must have attended 80% of the classes for which they are registered and have paid their registration fees in due time.

Applicants are admitted to the practical examinations provided they have passed all their professional theory exams and are able to provide proof of having worked for at least one year (experience earned after the DAP/CATP in the trade for which they are registered) and have paid their registration fees in due time.

At each session, applicants may sit exams for the business organisation and management, applied educational theory and professional theory courses. The professional practice examinations are only held during the spring session.

Registrations are accepted from 15 June until 15 August at the latest. Registrations for classes and exams must be renewed for each session.

Validation of non-formal and informal learning

The Master Craftsmanship can also be gained either wholly or partially through validation of non-formal and informal learning (VAE).

More information about VAE


Chambre des Métiers
Service Brevet de Maîtrise et Formation Continue

2, Circuit de la Foire Internationale
L-1347 Luxembourg