Animal protection law; application for a certificate of competence or proficiency

Competence examinations, certificates of competence and proofs of competence ensure that the requirements of animal protection law are complied with when keeping, slaughtering and transporting animals.


In the context of the granting of a permit for animal husbandry and activities with animals requiring a permit according to § 11 Animal Protection Act, the applicant must name a responsible person. The expertise of the responsible person is proven, if there is no corresponding professional training qualification or proof of previous professional or other handling of animals, by a technical interview with the district administrative authority. The content depends on the intended activity, the type of animal husbandry, the animals, etc.

A certificate of competence is required for the transport of farm animals in connection with an economic activity. If there is no corresponding professional qualification obtained after 05.01.2007, the certificate of competence can be issued by the district administrative authority after training and passing the examination (§ 4 Animal Protection Transport Ordinance). The certificate of competence is valid throughout the European Union.

A certificate of competence is required for the slaughter of animals by companies, this concerns all activities related to slaughter. The competent ministry authorizes competent institutions to conduct appropriate training and examinations. After passing the examination, the district administrative authority issues the certificate of competence. Certificates of competence according to Regulation (EC) No. 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of slaughter are valid throughout the European Union.


  • Issue of a certificate of competence according to Art. 17 Para. 2 also in connection with § 4 Para. 1 or 2 of the Ordinance on the Transport of Animals: 10 to 500 EUR


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Status: 14.07.2022

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