Exceptions to the rules

Persons with qualifications as specified under points A-C may be exempted from obtaining a spraying certificate/permit.

A: Students

A student who as part of his or her training performs pest management under the instruction of an employer whose instructor has a spraying certificate/permit is exempted.

B: Other courses

People who are able to demonstrate that they have completed a course or training covered by Annexes 1 and 2 of the Statutory Order on training and the recognition of commercial qualifications, etc. for commercial users of plant protection products may be wholly or partly exempted.

C: Foreign operators of spraying equipment

Persons who do not hold a Danish spraying certificate/permit, but who have equivalent qualifications from other countries within the EU, the EEA or countries with which the EU has entered into agreements on the performance of regulated commercial activities are exempted if the Danish Environmental Protection Agency recognises the commercial qualifications.
This is applicable for the temporary or occasional commercial use of plant protection products and for persons intending to establish themselves as commercial users of plant protection products. An application for a permit must be submitted to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
It is possible to use plant protection products if certain requirements as described in Chapters 6 and 7 of the Statutory Order on training and the recognition of commercial qualifications, etc. for commercial users of plant protection products are met.

Applying for a permit

One of the requirements is that an application for a permit must be submitted to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.  There is no standardised application form, but the requirements for the contents of the application are described in Chapters 6 and 7. The application must include:

  • Evidence of the applicant’s nationality
  • Copies of course or training certificates
  • Documentation of relevant commercial experience and the application of plant protection products  ´

Submitting the application

The complete application must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency electronically or by post to:
The Environmental Protection Agency electronic mail box: .
Or to the address of the Environmental Protection Agency:
Pesticides and Gene Technology,
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency,
Strandgade 29, DK 1401 Copenhagen K

Processing time and duration of the permit

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency will make a decision regarding its recognition of the applicant's commercial qualifications within 90 days of receipt of a complete application. A permit for the temporary or occasional use of plant protection products is valid for one year and must be renewed no later than one year after the most recent permit.