The training to become a violin maker or luthier ends with an examination to
qualify for journey level status. The practical part of the test calls
for the construction of a white, unvarnished string instrument. Work on a
new instrument, as well as repairing skill, is examined by a committee.
The theoretical part of the exam then follows.
Passing the exam gives those who pass the journey-level status as a violin maker. Then, after at least three years as a journeyman, one has met the requirement to be tested for becoming a master violin maker.