If you wish to work as a commercial diver in Denmark and have a commercial diver certificate from another EU/EEA country, you must apply for recognition of your commercial diver certificate.
How to apply?
Diving work may only be carried out by people with a commercial diver certificate. If you have a commercial diver certificate from another EU/EEA country, you must apply to have it recognised in Denmark.
You must complete an application form.
You must remember to enclose a scanned copy of your commercial diver certificate. If the text on the certificate is not in a Scandinavian language or English, a translation into one of these languages must also be enclosed. Applications can be submitted electronically via this website. You may also send your application by post, fax or e-mail to the Danish Maritime Authority. See contact details below.
Direct access to application
Establishing a business
Your diving equipment must comply with the regulations set out in the Executive Order on diving equipment (Executive Order No 1394 of 12 December 2013). You can find the executive order here.
The equipment must be inspected and approved by the Danish Maritime Authority before being used for the first time. This also applies to diving equipment brought to Denmark from another country, even if the equipment has already been inspected and approved in another EU country.
All diving work must comply with the regulations set out in the Executive Order on the safe execution of diving work (Executive Order No 1395 of 12 December 2013). You can find the executive order here.
Requirements for non EU citizens and businesses
The same requirements apply as for EU citizens and businesses.
No fee required.
When can I expect an answer?
You will normally receive a response 1-2 months after we have received your application. You may not consider your application to be processed until you have received a response from the Danish Maritime Authority. You must therefore not work as a commercial diver in Denmark until you have received notification from the Danish Maritime Authority that your commercial diver certificate has been recognised.
In case of rejection
Should you wish to appeal any decision regarding the recognition of your diver certificate, appeals may be addressed to
the Appeals Board for Maritime Matters,
c/o the Danish Maritime Authority,
Phone: (+45) 72196000
Fax: (+45) 72196001
Who to contact for questions?
Danish Maritime Authority is the competent authority:
Public registers and databases
The diving companies in Denmark are members of:
The Association of Danish Diving Companies
V/ Per Søgaard
J. Skjoldborgs Vej 44
Tel.: +45 4082 5500
E- mail: email@example.com
Legal basis in EU directive(s) on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications
Commercial diver training and certification is covered by Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications. You can find the directive here.