In order to perform the profession and use the professional title in Norway you need to meet certain minimum requirements from laws and regulations. If you have obtained your professional qualification abroad, you must apply for recognition from Norwegian authorities. You will find information about documentation requirements and the application process 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: 

The statutory requirements for being entitled to authorisation are stipulated in the Regulations relating to the handling of dead game.

Case processing deadlines:

The recognition authority must respond to the applicant within one month of receiving the application for recognition.
The recognition authority must have completed its consideration of the application within three months of the application being complete.


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

Right of appeal:

You have the right to appeal against the recognition authority’s decision. The decision can be appealed pursuant to the provisions of the Norwegian Administration Act Chapter VI. 
The right of appeal also applies if the recognition authority has exceeded the case processing deadline (see Case processing deadlines above).

Regulations relating to the preservation of dead game

Recognition 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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