Journeyperson vs. Journeyman

By Jaxson

  • Journeyman

    A journeyman is a worker, skilled in a given building trade or craft, who has successfully completed an official apprenticeship qualification. Journeymen are considered competent and authorized to work in that field as a fully qualified employee. They earn their license by education, supervised experience and examination. Although journeymen have completed a trade certificate and are allowed to work as employees, they may not yet work as self-employed master craftsmen.The term “journeyman” was originally used in the medieval trade guilds. Journeymen were paid daily and the word “journey” is derived from journée, meaning “day” in French. Each individual guild generally recognised three ranks of workers: apprentices, journeymen, and masters. A journeyman, as a qualified tradesman could become a master and run their own business, but most continued working as employees.Guidelines were put in place to promote responsible tradesmen, who were held accountable for their own work and to protect the individual trade and the general public from unskilled workers. To become a master, a journeyman has to submit a master piece of work to a guild for evaluation. Only after evaluation can a journeyman be admitted to the guild as a master. Sometimes, a journeyman was required to accomplish a three-year working trip, which may be called the journeyman years.

  • Journeyperson (noun)

    A journeyman or journeywoman.

  • Journeyman (noun)

    a tradesman who has served an apprenticeship and is employed by a master tradesman

  • Journeyman (noun)

    a competent but undistinguished tradesman, especially one who works, and is paid by the day

  • Journeyman (noun)

    a player who plays on many different teams during the course of his career

    “The Los Angeles Lakers added journeyman forward Bob McAdoo to their roster in hopes that he could help them win a title.”


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