further education

further education

A professional life is long and very few would like to do the same thing over and over again. Fortunately, there is a multitude of advanced training courses for chemists as well as chemists, laboratory technicians and CTAs. Without claiming to be exhaustive, you will find an overview of the offers and financing options here.

Since the time and money required for further training are often considerable, everyone who wants to continue training should consider beforehand what exactly they want to achieve with the further training and whether they can and would like to spend the time for it in addition to their job.

Further training for chemists

Master of Business Administration

The MBA is a postgraduate degree that aims to impart business knowledge and prepare for managerial tasks in Management . A completed degree is usually a prerequisite for an MBA degree. An MBA degree can be completed either part-time or full-time. Interested parties should inform themselves very well in advance about the many different programs and weigh up whether the MBA really helps the planned Career .

Patent system

In the patent system, scientific and legal knowledge are equally required. The multi-year training to become a patent attorney is regulated by law and includes, among other things, work in a patent attorney's office, a degree at the Hagen Open University and training at the patent office and the Federal Patent Court. It ends with an exam.

www.gdch.de/berufsbilder, p. 56

Quality assurance / quality management

Ensuring the quality of products and processes is a core task of a chemical company. The German Society for Quality (DGQ), the Saarland University of Technology and Economics and other providers offer a variety of modular training courses, courses or certificate and part-time courses in the areas of quality management and assurance. The GDCh also offers additional training in quality assurance with the specialist program "Certified Quality Expert GxP".


Clinical Chemistry

Clinical chemistry deals with the analysis of physiological processes in the body. For chemists, advanced training to become a clinical chemist is possible through the German Association for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine eV (DGKI). The training lasts five years. At least four years of this must be completed in a clinical-chemical laboratory serving patient care.



Scientists who have completed their training can acquire qualifications in Toxicology in a number of ways. The Society for Toxicology (GT), the University of Leipzig and SafeSciMET offer various certificates or courses of study for further training as a toxicologist. A master?s degree in Toxicology , which is offered at various German universities, is also an option for Bachelor?s graduates.



Ecotoxicology deals with the effects of substances on the environment. The GDCh division for Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology and the SETAC-GLB jointly offer the postgraduate course in specialist ecotoxicology with the qualification "specialist ecotoxicologist (GDCh / SETAC-GLB)".


Business chemistry

Understanding business management relationships is particularly beneficial for industrial chemists. In addition to various advanced training courses, some universities also offer a degree in business chemistry. The GDCh also offers advanced training as a business chemist.


You can find further information on the further training courses listed in the GDCh brochure Career Entry in Chemistry

Further training for chemical laboratory technicians, CTAs and chemical technicians

Chemical technician (state-certified technician; specializing in chemical engineering)

This advanced training is offered at technical schools and lasts two years or four years in the case of part-time training. In addition to chemical engineering, there are also other specializations, such as production engineering. The prerequisite for this further training is usually a completed training as a laboratory technician, chemical technician or CTA. The training concludes with a state examination.


Laboratory Technician (IHK)

Further training to become a laboratory technician is offered in some regions of Germany and is usually carried out by the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with a local company. This training is primarily of interest to employees of the cooperating companies, because the training qualifies them for tasks specifically in these companies.

Foreman chemistry

In addition to the chemical industry, industrial masters in chemistry work in all manufacturing sectors. There you work in production and are involved in training young colleagues. The training is carried out by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce as well as educational institutions, in some cases also by the companies themselves. The exam is always taken in front of the IHK. The further training is possible full-time or part-time.

www.berufenet.arbeitsagentur.de (job title "Industrial Master Chemistry")

Search engine for educational institutions: www.meisterschulen.de

Information on the job description: http://www.industriemeister.info/chemie

University entrance qualification or general university entrance qualification

At some chemistry schools, students also acquire the advanced technical college or general university entrance qualification at the same time as the CTA training. Sometimes it is also offered as a one-year additional training course afterwards.
For those who have not used this opportunity, there is also the opportunity to acquire the advanced technical college entrance qualification after their training.
With the advanced technical college entrance qualification or the general higher education entrance qualification one can study at a technical college or university. Information on studying at universities of applied sciences (HAW) can be found on the "Studying Chemistry" website.

Technical business economist

Anyone who has already successfully completed further training to become an industrial foreman and has gained professional experience can train to become a technical business economist and thus take on management tasks. The focus of further training is of a business management nature. The training and examinations are not uniformly regulated nationwide and are offered by technical schools, IHKs and educational institutions. The technical business economist is often referred to as a "Master Professional (CCI)" (not to be confused with the master's degree from universities).

www.berufenet.arbeitsagentur.de (job title "technical business economist")

Further information on further education in chemistry: www.berufskompass-chemie.de

dual study

Training-integrated dual study course: In addition to the IHK training occupation, a university degree is acquired at the same time.
Practice-integrated dual course: The course includes longer practical phases in the company without having to acquire a training occupation. The prerequisite is the technical or general university entrance qualification.

A dual course of study can also be started after completing an in-company or school-based training. A distinction is made between a job-integrated and a part-time dual study program.


Further information on the advanced training courses presented here can also be found in the GDCh brochure Career Perspectives in Chemistry

Fund further training

Even if further training is worthwhile, it is expensive. However, you can get grants for many advanced training courses. Therefore, it makes sense to find out about funding opportunities in advance:

State support

Education bonus: bonus voucher

With the bonus voucher, the state pays part of the training costs. Further vocational training for employees and self-employed people over the age of 25 is funded if their income does not exceed a certain amount. The bonus voucher is issued after a consultation and covers half of the course costs, up to a maximum of 500 euros.

Education bonus: savings voucher

The savings vouchers make it possible to use the accumulated capital-forming benefits of the company for further training. This is particularly useful for longer and therefore more expensive courses. Anyone who has a savings balance according to the Wealth Education Act and wants to use it for further training purposes can withdraw the money before the lock-up period without the employee savings allowance being forfeited.

Promotion grant for experienced professionals

The advancement scholarship is a federal study grant and is aimed at specialists with vocational training and at least two years of professional experience. You can apply before you start your studies and up to the end of the second semester.

Master student loan

Chemical laboratory assistants, CTAs and chemical technicians who would like to receive further training can also help with the financing of Master Bafög services. The Master Bafög is available for professional advancement training, for example to become a chemical technician.

Support from countries

In many federal states there are special funding programs for further training. Anyone who would like to receive financial support from the state has to live or work there.

Brandenburg: Education check
Hamburg: Training bonus
Hesse: Qualification check
North Rhine-Westphalia: Education check
Rhineland-Palatinate: QualiScheck

Company training check
Individual training check

Schleswig-Holstein: Training bonus
Thuringia: Training check
Bremen: Training check

Support from the boss

Because not only employees, but also employers often benefit from professional development, many employers support such projects individually or by approving educational leave. So here it is worth asking the employer, for example, about assuming the (partial) costs or financing. Employees willing to continue their training can also be supported in other ways, for example through flexible working hours or by being released from work during examination phases.

But be careful: the employer is not always enthusiastic about the planned further training, because it costs the employee time and energy that is lacking in everyday work. Explain to your boss what motivates you to take this training and how it can benefit his company.

In the majority of the federal states ( www.iwwb.de/links/bildungsurlaub ), employees are free up to 5 days of educational leave, for which the employer has to release them. The employee must bear the costs of the course itself. The prerequisite for an educational leave is that it is a professional or political further education.

Money from the tax office

If you are afraid of the high costs because you book the training at your own expense, you should definitely file a tax return. If professional interests are in the foreground, taxes can be saved on many courses, including courses or study and language trips. Travel expenses are also recognized here. Employees secure the tax advantage by entering the training costs in Appendix N of their tax return. For the self-employed, further training represents business expenses; different rules apply to this.

Further information on the financing options presented here is available in a special from Stiftung Warentest.

GDCh training courses

You can find the extensive range of advanced training courses offered by the GDCh here.

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