If you have acquired your professional qualifications abroad, you must obtain recognition of your qualifications from the Norwegian authorities in order to practice the profession in Norway. The recognition authority will assess whether you meet the requirements to practice the profession and use the professional title in Norway. You will find information about documentation requirements, the application process and regulations here.

About this form

Applications can only be submitted by the professional/individual. Please submit your application with attachments to the Norwegian Environment Agency.

  • Proof that the applicant has taken an exam at a level corresponding to a Norwegian journeymen’s exam.
  • Documentation of date of birth and national ID number, and, if applicable, documentation of change of name and citizenship.


  • In some cases, documents that are not in English may have to be translated.

Authorisation as a taxidermist

Authorisation from the Norwegian Environment Agency is required in order to preserve game on a commercial basis, as well as wild animals subject to a registration requirement. Only individuals can be granted authorisation, not companies or other associations. 

By preservation is meant any processing of dead game with a view to permanent conservation. Boiling and bleaching the skulls of animals that are legally hunted is not covered by the term, nor is furriery or tanning. By preservation on a commercial basis is meant any preservation carried out in return for a consideration, including any sale or transfer of ownership of game that the taxidermist has preserved him/herself.

The authorisation

  • shall be granted to persons who have taken and passed the journeyman's exam in taxidermy
  • shall be granted to citizens covered by the EEA agreement and thus by directive 92/51/EEC and directive 2001/19/EC to the extent that the person in question meets the requirements
  • can be granted to persons who have taken exams in other countries that correspond to the level of a Norwegian journeyman's exam

The Norwegian Environment Agency, or a party authorised by the agency, can supervise authorised taxidermists, including inspecting stored game.

Language requirements:

Please note that the professional is required to familiarise him/herself with Norwegian laws and regulations and be capable of using the database required to register game that is subject to a registration requirement. The database and pertaining documents are only available in Norwegian.

Criteria/conditions for recognition: 

If your qualification is from an EEA country or Switzerland, you may have the right to have your application processed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Act and Regulations on the approval of professional qualifications. In addition, there are national regulations related to the practice of the profession stipulated in the Regulations relating to the handling of dead game.

Case processing deadlines:

The recognition authority must acknowledge receipt of your application within 1 month of receipt and inform you of any missing documents.

The recognition authority shall take a justified decision no later than 4 months following the submission of your complete application.


The Norwegian Environment Agency does not charge a fee for processing applications for recognition.

Right of appeal:

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the decision, you may appeal in writing, pursuant to Chapter VI of the Public Administration Act. If your application is processed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Act, the right of appeal also applies if the recognition authority has exceeded the case processing deadlines (see Case processing deadlines above).

Competent authority

P.O. Box 5672 Sluppen,
NO-7485 Trondheim

Tlf: (+47) 03400 / 73 58 05 00

Office address:
Brattørkaia 15, 7010 Trondheim
Grensesvingen 7, 0661 Oslo

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