Well Driller

If you are a Danish citizen and wish to work as a well-driller permanently in Denmark, you must have completed well driller training and obtained an A or B-certificate.

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 well driller – working as a manager – or other well drilling activities in Denmark, are exempted from the obligation of holding an A or B certificate, if the Danish Environmental Protection Agency recognizes that the professional qualifications, held by the applicant are sufficient.

Persons from EU Member States who intend to work as a well-driller must submit a written application and send it to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (or submit via www.businessindenmark.dk for recognition of professional qualifications).

How to apply?

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency can authorize individuals to work as a well driller if they have completed training courses abroad which are comparable with the training courses specified in the Executive Order No 915 of 27 June 2016.

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

  • Proof of the applicants nationality and
  • Proof of the applicant’s professional qualifications in the form of:
  1. Copy of diploma/certificate regarding completed training
  2. Authorization of working as a well driller or welding of casing pipes, if the profession is regulated in that country, and
  3. Evidence of any relevant professional experience or
  4. Proof that the applicant has carried out well drilling on land, as described in §1, stk.1, or welding of casing pipes, on a fulltime basis, at least for 1 year within the last 10 years., if the profession or education is not regulated in the home 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 application requirements apply in general for non EU-citizens as for EU-citizens and businesses


No fee required.

When can I expect an answer?

The decision on whether or not to issue an authorization will be made as soon as possible and in any case within three months after the complete application is received.

The authorization may be subject to restrictions concerning the pursuit of activities; the authorization may also be limited in time.

In case of rejection

Decisions taken by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency on authorization to work as a well driller cannot be appealed to another administrative authority. Decisions may be brought before the courts.

Who to contact for questions?


The Danish Environmental Agency
Tolderlundsvej 5
DK-5000 Odense C
Tel +45 72 54 40 00
E-mail: mst@mst.dk

If you want to attend the Danish well-drilling training course, please contact the course provider, which is VIA University College.

VIA University College
Chr. M. Østergaards Vej 4
DK-8700 Horsens
Tel.: + 45 87 55 40 00
E-mail: via@via.dk


Public registers and databases

About this profession: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/regprof/index.cfm?action=regprof&id_regprof=6498

A list of well drillers with A and B-certificates respectively can be found on the website of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS).

If you wish to have more information about the training courses these institutions could be relevant for you:

Responsible for well driller training courses: Byggeriets Uddannelse (Building Industry Training), Bygmestervej 5, DK-2400 Copenhagen NV, www.bygud.dk, +45 35 87 87 87, bygud@bygud.dk
The training courses are arranged by VIA University College, Chr. M. Østergaards Vej 4, DK-8700 Horsens, www.via.dk, +45 87 55 40 00, via@via.dk


Legal basis in Danish law

Executive order No 915 27/06/2016

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