Recognition of professional qualifications

Foreign employees who are planning to work temporarily in Denmark must have the necessary qualifications to carry out their work. Some foreign qualifications must be approved by the Danish WEA; others must be assured by the employer.

Professional qualifications from abroad may include training or industry experience related to the work tasks or the profession to be worked with in Denmark.

If the qualifications originate from EU or EEA countries

If you are posted to work temporarily in Denmark and your qualifications originate from another EU or EEA country or Switzerland they must be recognised by the WEA before you begin working. This applies if you will:

  • Work with interior demolition of asbestos
  • Work with inspection, maintenance and repair of elevators, etc.
  • Work with welding
  • Work with setting up or dismantling scaffolding higher than 3 meters.
    (Exception: horse scaffold or roll scaffold).

Or work as:

  • Telescopic loader operator
  • Forklift operator
  • Crane operator (mobile cranes, tower cranes and truck cranes exceeding 25 tonne-metres)
  • Boiler operator
  • Refrigeration engineer.

Work types that do not require recognition of qualifications

Work with the following tasks does not require recognition by the WEA but your employer is responsible for ensuring that you have the necessary qualifications.

  • Work with asphalt materials
  • Work with epoxy and isocyanates
  • Work with styrene
  • Work with horse and roll scaffolding
  • Crane operator (mobile cranes, tower cranes and truck cranes exceeding 25 tonne-metres)
  • Work as stacker operator
  • Work as coordinator of safety and health procedures at the construction and installation site.

If qualifications do not originate from an EU or EEA country

If you are posted to work in Denmark and your qualifications do not originate from another EU or EEA country or Switzerland they must be recognised by the WEA before you begin working. This applies if you will:

  • Work with interior demolition of asbestos
  • Work with asphalt materials
  • Work with epoxy and isocyanates
  • Work with styrene
  • Work with welding
  • Work at natural gas plant
  • Work on inspection, maintenance, and repair of elevators etc.

Or work as:

  • Boiler operator
  • Crane drivers, forklift drivers and operators of telescopic loaders and forklift stackers
  • Refrigeration engineer
  • Scaffold erectors
  • Coordinator of safety and health procedures in building and construction.

Full time work in Denmark

If you are going to work full time in Denmark you must always apply to the WEA for recognition of your qualifications before you begin working. This applies regardless of which tasks you will perform or which country your qualifications come from.

How to apply for recognition by the WEA

Remember to apply for recognition in good time before work commences.

You must use this form to apply for recognition. 

Apply for recognition of professional qualifications

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