Why such a working journal?

As a trainee you are obliged to keep your working journal on a regular basis. It documents your entire training period and provides evidence for your acquired skills and abilities. When taking your final examination you need to hand in a complete and signed working journal at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) or Chamber of Craft Trades (HWK). Some occupations also require handing in the working journal for the intermediate exam.
The working journal is an essential part of your training. It teaches you to document activities chronologically and with regard to content.

How to keep it

It is up to you what type of working journal you choose. You can buy it by retail, at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) or download it. It is not the type, but the content that counts! You should document your activities (activity and time) in short and comprehensible sentences and must also include contents from training school.
Your working journal must be checked and signed by your instructor on a regular basis (at least once a month).

These are the different types:

  • Daily report:

    You take notes on your activities every day.

  • Weekly report:

    You note down your accomplished tasks of one week.

  • Monthly report:

    You write down your accomplished tasks of one month (notes are sufficient).

  • Department report:

    In some companies, trainees will change department from time to time in order to get a comprehensive overview. In this case, you summarize your activities before you leave a department. You are required to provide daily or weekly reports in addition.


Ask your instructor which type of journal is required at your training company. More experienced colleagues and trainees can give you advice on how to keep it most efficiently.
Did you actually know that the journal must be provided by your instructor and can be kept during your regular working hours?

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