Profession skill levels fall into eight stages of increasing ability to learn and execute recipes: Apprentice, Journeyman, Expert, Artisan, Master (TBC), Grand Master (WotLK), Illustrious (Cataclysm), and Zen Master (Mists of Pandaria).
- Not counting racial or other bonuses, at a skill level of 200 you can learn the Artisan stage and gain up to a maximum of 300 points.
- You must be level 35 to become an Artisan in most professions (gathering professions require level 25 and fishing requires level 10).
- The trainer who can train Artisan stage for each profession can usually be found in any racial capital city, just ask a guard.
- With only the initial World of Warcraft install, no skill or profession can go above 300 points (not including racial or other bonuses).