Evidence of qualifications
If you wish to carry on a regulated business, you must provide evidence of qualifications which proves that the person registering the business has the professional and commercial knowledge, expertise and experience to carry on the business independently.
The Gewerbeordnung (GewO) and the regulations governing the qualifications required for each regulated business specify how the evidence of qualifications should be provided. Examination certificates, educational qualifications, proof of practical experience or a combination of these, as well as a master craftsman's certificate, could be required.
If this evidence cannot be provided, the authority can determine the competence of individuals. This will involve demonstrating the knowledge, expertise and experience to carry on the business in another way.
In general, these rules also apply to entrepreneurs from EU Member States in Austria.
If a sole proprietor does not provide evidence of qualifications, a professional representative who is able to provide it must be appointed.
A professional representative of a legal entity (limited company, association etc.) or registered partnership must also provide evidence of qualifications.
Evidence of qualifications is not required to run an unregulated business or a business that can operate as an industrial business; exceptions to this include master builders and weapon producers.
- Running an industrial business
The Business Authority verifies whether a business is an industrial business. These businesses typically use a lot of machinery and technical equipment and have production lines and standard work processes.
- Rules for examining trades and regulated businesses (→ WKO)German text
- Start-up service of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (→ WKO)German text
- Business authoritiesGerman text
- Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (→ BMDW)German text
- Gewerbeordnung (GewO)
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