Professions in Agriculture and Forestry - Skilled worker in Agriculture and Forestry - Recognition


General information

The Law of 30 April 1991 regulating professional training in vocational training in agriculture and forestry (Styrian Agricultural and Forestry Vocational Training Act - Steiermärkisches Land- und forstwirtschaftliches Berufsausbildungsgesetz) requires skilled workers in agriculture and forestry to meet certain requirements.

Evidence of skills and qualifications obtained abroad may be recognised by the competent authorities. Recognition is granted in accordance with the Styrian Law on the recognition of professional qualifications ( Steiermärkisches Gesetz über die Anerkennung von Berufsqualifikationen - StGAB).



Persons who have evidence of skills or education that meets the requirements governing evidence of qualifications may apply to have these credentials recognised as meeting the requirements laid down in the provincial law for the pursuit of the same profession, provided that the evidence of skills or education:

  • was issued by the competent authority of their home Member State; and
  • is required in their home Member State in order to be authorised to take up and pursue that profession in its territory.

If the taking-up or pursuit of a profession is not regulated in the Member State of origin, persons who have pursued that profession in that Member State for at least 1 year on a full-time basis in the last 10 years, or part-time for an equivalent overall length of time, may apply for their professional qualifications to be recognised, provided that they hold one or more pieces of evidence proving their skills, and this evidence:

  • was issued by the competent authority of their home Member State; and
  • certifies that the holder underwent preparation for the pursuit of the profession concerned.

Compensatory measures may be prescribed where:

  • training in the profession concerned covers subjects that differ substantially in content from those stipulated in the provincial legislation regulating the profession in question; or
  • the profession is regulated under the applicable provincial legislation and involves one or more regulated activities that are not included in the vocational profile under the laws of the applicant's Member State of origin and the training required covers subjects that differ substantially in content from the applicant's training.




All training documents relevant to the training (certificates, evidence of skills, proof of practice, etc.).





The authorities must issue a decision within 6 months of receiving the application. If the authority does not issue a decision by the prescribed deadline, you may file a complaint about the delay with the competent district administrative authority. The complaint must include the name of the authority whose decision is pending. In addition, you must request a finding in your letter and provide evidence that the deadline for the authority to issue a decision has expired.




Authentication and signature

Authentication or signature of the application is not required.


Responsible for the content

Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung
8010 Graz, Hofgasse 16


Means of redress or appeal

An appeal is possible against rulings issued by an authority and shall be filed by the party within a 4 weeks term with the authority that issued the ruling of first instance (against rulings without investigation procedure within a two weeks term). The term starts with the receipt of the written copy of the ruling, in the case of oral pronouncement simultaneously with it.

The appeal shall indicate the ruling it contests, the authority that issued the ruling and contain a motion of appeal with the reasons. No more appeal is admissible if the party expressly waived the right of appeal after receipt or pronouncement of the ruling.

Each ruling contains instructions on the right to appeal and indicates the authority and the deadline for submission of such appeal.


Assistance and problem-solving services

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8020 Graz, Nikolaiplatz 3
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