Farrier; application for the determination of the equivalence of the professional qualification
You can have the equivalence of an examination certificate acquired outside the scope of the German Farriery Act or abroad confirmed and have it taken into account for state recognition as a farrier.
A farrier, officially called a farrier in Germany, is a specialist in the care (cutting out) and shoeing of animal hooves with horseshoes or other materials. He also traditionally makes the horseshoes and horseshoe nails himself in the forging process or adapts the horseshoes to the shape of the hoof. The work also includes the treatment of injured and diseased hooves.
Anyone who has not passed an examination to become a farrier within the scope of the Farriery Act or who has passed an examination abroad, first needs a state equivalency of his examination certificate with the examination certificates according to the Farriery Ordinance in order to obtain state recognition as a farrier.
The legal requirements for the equivalence of the examination certificate and the state recognition as a farrier are regulated in the Ordinance on the Equivalence of Examination Certificates Acquired Outside the Scope of the Farriery Act or Abroad with the Examination Certificates According to the Farriery Ordinance and Their Consideration in the State Recognition (Farriery Recognition Ordinance - HufBeschlAnerkennV).
1. equivalency of an examination certificate according to § 2 Para. 2 HufBeschl-AnerkennV
- You have an examination certificate from a foreign country which is listed in Appendix 1 to § 2 Para. 2 HufBeschl-AnerkennV and
- can provide evidence of having attended a regulated and relevant training course of at least two years.
2. equivalency of an examination certificate according to § 2 Para. 4 HufBeschl-AnerkennV (if applicable in conjunction with § 2 Para. 5, § 2 Para. 6 HufBeschl-AnerkennV)
- You have an examination certificate or a professional qualification from abroad (e.g. certificates/professional qualifications recognized by the European Federation of Farriers' Associations (EFFA)) and
- can prove that this qualification entitles you to take up and practise the profession of farrier or apprentice farrier in your country of origin, and
- it has been established in an equivalence assessment carried out by the competent authority that the skills, knowledge and abilities demonstrated by the documents submitted are equivalent.
In the case of the farrier, the aim of an equalisation of a qualification is subsequent state recognition. In principle, a distinction must be made between two successive steps:
- Equating examination certificates obtained outside the scope of application of the Farriery Act or abroad with the examination certificates in accordance with the Farriery Ordinance and taking them into account in state recognition.
- Recognition as a state-certified farrier with a positive decision on the equivalence of examination certificates obtained abroad.
In principle, both applications can be submitted separately. For reasons of administrative economy and cost, however, it is advisable for applicants to apply to the competent authority at the same time for a determination of the equivalence of their qualification and for state recognition as a farrier.
The competent authority shall acknowledge receipt of the documents to the applicant within one month, indicating whether any documents are missing for the decision.
A decision on the equivalence of the examination certificate and the state recognition must be taken no later than three months after submission of the complete documents. This period may be extended by one month in justified cases which are particularly difficult to assess. If there is any doubt as to the authenticity of the certificates and evidence of formal qualifications submitted or as to the rights conferred thereby, the competent authority or body in the country of origin may verify the authenticity or the rights conferred thereby; the expiry of the time limit shall be suspended for that period.
Depending on the difficulty of the case, the processing of an application usually takes between 1 and 3 months, in particularly difficult cases up to 4 months.
The following documents are required for state recognition after the examination certificate has been equated:
- Notice on the equivalence of an examination certificate not acquired within the scope of the German Farriery Act or acquired abroad with the examination certificates in accordance with the German Farriery Ordinance (Hufbeschlagverordnung)
- if the determination of equivalence and the state recognition as a farrier are applied for at the same time: Presentation of the examination certificate to be equated
- Extended certificate of good conduct
- a confirmation of the country in which the examination certificate was acquired, which shows that the person submitting the application has not been guilty of any offences against animal welfare.
Serves as proof of the required reliability for the exercise of the profession.
Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.
Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide:
Formloser Antrag (ohne Unterschrift)
This form requires no signature. You can sent it electronically (e.g. by secure email or De-Mail) or as hardcopy to the responsible authority.
The levying of costs (fees and expenses) in connection with the implementation of an equivalency procedure and (or) recognition procedure is governed by the Cost Act (KG).
If the equating of an examination certificate and (or) state recognition as a farrier should be possible according to the HufBeschl-AnerkennV, the fee range is EUR 5 to EUR 25,000 (cf. Art. 6 (1) sentence 3 KG).
When determining the fee within this fee range, the administrative expenses of all authorities and offices involved in the official act and the importance of the matter for the parties involved are to be taken into account.
If an application for equivalency of an examination certificate and (or) state recognition as a farrier is to be refused, the fee to be set for the official act applied for (see above) may be reduced to one tenth.
If an application is withdrawn or otherwise disposed of before the official act has been completed, a fee of one tenth to three quarters of the fee to be fixed for the official act applied for is to be charged, depending on the progress of the case, as well as the expenses. The minimum fee shall be EUR 15, but not more than the fee to be fixed for the official act (cf. Art. 8 (2) of the Law Gazette).
The charging of expenses is governed by Art. 10 Costs Act. These may be incurred in particular in the case of a postal delivery order.
An (adverse) decision by the competent authority under Land law on an application for equivalence of an examination certificate and (or) state recognition as a farrier can be challenged by lodging an objection with the competent authority. In addition, the applicant has the option of bringing an action before the locally competent administrative court.
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