Certified industrial foreman

This training is offered by the ZDS for two specializations:

  • Certified industrial foreman, specialization: Food (abbreviation: IM-L)
  • Certified industrial foreman, specialization: confectionery (abbreviation: IM-S) 

The “Certified Industrial Foreman” works as an interface manager for various areas. Special emphasis is placed on: 

  • Organization of results-oriented work
  • Working on topics in groups
  • Team-oriented thinking and acting
  • Motivation of employees

According to the ordinance , the following examination parts must be completed for the advanced training qualification as an industrial master craftsman specializing in confectionery and food technology:

I. Cross-disciplinary basic qualification
II. Action-specific qualification
III Vocational and occupational pedagogical qualification (AEVO)

Parts I and III for the advanced training qualification are to be completed at the participant’s own responsibility at the respective home location.
The ZDS prepares students for Part II (qualification specific to the trade) with a preparatory course.

Examination part I

a) Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of the final examination in the recognized training occupation “confectionery technologist” or “food technology specialist” or
  • Successful completion of a final examination or journeyman’s examination in a recognized training occupation that is assigned to the nutritional professions and subsequent professional experience of at least six months or
  • Successful completion of a final examination or journeyman’s examination in another recognized training occupation and subsequent professional experience of at least one year or at least four years of professional experience

b) Focus of content:

The “interdisciplinary basic qualification” comprises 400
Lessons. It is divided into the following main areas:

  • Acting with legal awareness
  • Business management
  • Applying methods of information, communication and planning
  • Cooperation in the company
  • Consideration of scientific and technical principles.

The examination for Part I must be taken at the home Chamber of Industry and Commerce before the examination for Part II can be taken. The lessons for the interdisciplinary basic qualification can be completed together with other preparatory courses for the industrial master craftsman. Central examination dates take place twice a year. The following preparatory courses to become a certified industrial foreman contain the same basic qualification:

  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical engineering
  • Metal
  • Plastic and rubber
  • Glass
  • Rail traffic
  • Aeronautical engineering

Examination part II

The lessons held at the ZDS prepare students exclusively for Examination Part II, “Qualification for specific occupations”.

a) Admission requirements for examination part II
Proof of completion (no more than five years ago) of examination part I “Basic qualification across all disciplines”

b) Content focus for Part II:

  • Technology area of activity

– Confectionery and food technology

– Operating technology

– Raw materials management

  • Area of activity Organization

– Operational cost management

– Planning, control and communication

– Occupational safety, environmental protection, health protection and food safety

  • Management and personnel

– Personnel management

– Personnel development

– Quality management

The corresponding examination is carried out by the Bergische IHK Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid. To register, a corresponding examination fee must be paid directly to the IHK Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid. Please inform yourself at: www.bergische.ihk.de

The Bergische IHK Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid also has all the information you need on further training for industrial foremen, including of the statutory regulations, summarized again on their homepage. Visit the following pages for more information.

Duration and dates

The preparatory course for examination part II is conducted in the form of classroom instruction (590 hours) in 4 modules with 3-4 weeks of full-time instruction (a total of 15 weeks plus examination) at the ZDS. 120 hours must be completed as e-learning modules.

The exact course dates including the exam weeks can be found here.


The current course costs include participation fee, accommodation and meals (full board). The course can only be booked as a complete package (participation fee, accommodation and meals).

The costs break down as follows:

  • Course fee: 5344 € (1336 €/ module)
  • Teaching material: 150 €
  • Double room 1: 35 € p.p. /night
  • Single room 1: 59 € p.p. / night
  • Single room 2: 50 € p.p./night
  • Meals: 166,80 €/ week

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Application for admission (completed application form)
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form
  • Copy of vocational school leaving certificate
  • Copy of the journeyman’s certificate/skilled worker’s certificate
  • Certificate of employment/work references
  • Proof of completion of examination part III or confirmation of participation in an ongoing preparation course

Here you can find our registration forms as PDF:

Certified industrial foreman, specialization: Food (abbreviation: IM-L)

Certified industrial foreman, specialization: confectionery (abbreviation: IM-S)

Simply save, open with Acrobat Reader, fill in and send – done!

If you are seeking funding under the Upgrading Training Assistance Act (Aufstiegs-BAföG), you must contact the relevant authority before the start of the course. You can find more information at: www.aufstiegs-bafoeg.de