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There are many reasons to get your vocational skills certified. Read on for two examples.

Claudia Müller...

... is 38 and never finished her training to be a medical assistant, because she had three children to care for at home. In order to supplement the family income, she’d worked as a part-time shop assistant in a supermarket bakery section as well as in a bakery in her home town for the last six years. She likes the work and customers and colleagues like her. Her current boss values her work and would be happy to qualify her for branch manager, but they are both unsure about her lack of formal qualifications. Does Claudia have the necessary skills to take on trainees and manage fellow employees? Will her “untrained” status lead to legal issues? Does she have to pass a test in order to be considered genuinely qualified?

Markus Schmidt...

... is 29 and married. After leaving school he began regularly assisting event technicians, setting up and dismantling equipment for music concerts and other events in the area. He enjoyed the work and could make a bit of money from it, too. Markus had not done especially well in school, and back then he thought he didn't need any professional training for his work. What he had to know, he learned from others or taught himself. But now he’s facing some major life changes — his wife has been offered a promising job with a company in Hamburg, quite a distance from where they live now. Markus definitely plans to come along with her, but he doesn’t know anyone in his line of work in Hamburg. He’s worried that he won’t find suitable work there without having completed formal training as a “qualified event technician”.