Austria: Employees obligation to undertake training

Phase: Anticipation
Employees obligation to undertake training
Senast ändrad: 23 April, 2019
Lokalt namn:

Grundqualifikations- und Weiterbildungsverordnung – Berufskraftfahrer (GWB)

Engelskt namn:

Initial Qualification and Training Decree - Professional drivers (GWB)


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Professional drivers holding a driving licence of category C/C1 and D need to undertake training every five years after they have gained their basic qualification. The training covers a minimum of 35 hours (5 days of 7 hours), including courses on technology, modern driving and petrol-saving, social regulations and health and cargo securing. In category D, 42 hours (6 days of 7 hours) are compulsory. The training requires full attendance. After the training is completed the code '95' is entered in the driver's licence.


The law addresses drivers and does not include any obligation of employers to provide the necessary training. However, some collective agreements stipulate that employers cover costs for the relevant courses and/or allow participation during working time.  

Cost covered by
  • Employee
  • Employer
Involved actors other than national government
National goverment only
No, applicable in all circumstances
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