Rat control

If you wish to work as a rat controller in Denmark, you must have an authorisation issued by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Persons whose professional qualifications are acquired in an EU Member State or an EEA country (see §2, second paragraph, of the law on recognition of professional qualifications), intending to be established as a rat controller in Denmark, are exempted from the obligation of holding an autorisation as rat controller obtained in Denmark, if the EPA recognises that the professional qualifications, held by the applicant are sufficient.

Persons from EU Member States who intend to work as a rat controller must submit a written application and send to the EPA or submit via www.businessindenmark.dk for recognition of professional qualifications.

How to apply?

In order to work as a rat controller, you may be exempted from the required course and exam to become a rat controller according to Danish law, if you have completed an equivalent course in another EU/EEA Member State and have sufficient experience.

Application for authorisation to work as a rat controller is made by filling out the form via the box below. You can also send the application by e-mail or letter, see below for contact details below.

The application can submitted by email, and must contain following documents:

  • Proof of the applicant’s nationality.
  • Proof of the applicant’s professional qualifications in the form of
    • copy of diploma/certificate regarding completed training
    • authorisation as rat controller, if the profession is regulated in the issuing Member States, and
    • evidence of any relevant professional experience or
    • proof that the application has carried out rat control for at least 1 year within the last 10 years, if the profession or education is not regulated in the issuing Member State.

If the documentation is not in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, French or German, the translation of the documentation must be carried out or certified by a Danish state authorized translator, an embassy/consulate in Denmark for the country in which the original document was issued or a Danish consulate/embassy.

Temporary or occasional pursuit

The same requirements apply for both temporary and permanent service providers.

Establishing a business

The same requirements apply for both temporary and permanent service providers.

Requirements for non EU citizens and businesses

The same requirements apply as for EU citizens and businesses.


If the EPA find that the education acquired in the applicants own country is equivalent to the Danish, the certificate of approval is issued without charge.

When can I expect an answer?

The decision on whether or not to issue an authorization will be made as soon as possible after all necessary documents have been received. Normally you can expect an answer from the EPA within four weeks. If the decision cannot be reached within four weeks, the EPA will inform you on when you can expect an answer on your application.

In case of rejection

Decisions taken by the EPA on authorisation to work as a rat controller cannot be appealed administratively. Decisions may be brought before the courts.

Who to contact for questions?

If you have questions regarding your application or questions regarding the requirements please contact

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency
Tolderlundsvej 5
DK-5000 Odense C
Tel.: +45 7254 4000
E-mail: mst@mst.dk


Public registers and databases

There are no official registers in this area.

If you wish to have more information about the branch, these private organisations could be relevant for you:

Brancheforeningen for Skadedyrsfirmaer (Association of Pest Control Firms)
c/o Rentokil Skadedyrskontrol
Poul Bergsøes Vej 22
DK-2600 Glostrup

Legal basis in Danish law

BEK nr. 1686 af 18/12/2018 om forebyggelse og bekæmpelse af rotter (in Danish)

Legal basis in EU directive(s) on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications


Consolidated version of Directive 2005/36/EC as amended by directive 2013/55/EU

Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 amending Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications and Regulation