Certificate of competence for the use of plant protection products Exhibition

If you use plant protection products, advise on plant protection, or want to instruct or supervise persons who use plant protection products as part of a training relationship or an auxiliary activity, you need a corresponding certificate of competence.

You may only

  • use plant protection products,
  • advise on plant health as defined in point (3) of Article 3 of Directive 2009/128/EC, or
  • persons who use, guide or supervise plant protection products in the context of a training or ancillary activity;

if you have a phytosanitary certificate issued by the competent authority.

If you use or advise on plant protection products professionally, apply for proof of competence for the use of plant protection products including advice with the help of the nationwide online database.

Please note that the supply of plant protection products is not included in this certificate of competence.

You can upload the required documents (certificates, certificates, declaration of assumption of costs) online in the application procedure. The application is processed by the competent authority of the federal state in which the applicant with his first place of residence is registered.

If all requirements are met, you will receive a notification with the recognition of the competence. After receipt of payment, the proof of competence cards are produced nationwide once a month. The card will be sent to you by the print service provider by post.

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  • nationwide online database
  • Certificate of a recognised professional qualification or
  • Examination certificate for a successfully passed proficiency examination or
  • Certificate of a recognised course of study, if necessary additional certificate (from universities, training institutions) or
  • Certificate from another EU Member State for the sustainable use of pesticides
  • If necessary, certified translation of the submitted documents
  • If applicable, informal cost commitment of the specified invoice recipient
  • If applicable, certificate of specialist training
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form required: no

Related Links

  • Online application


You will be able to demonstrate your expertise

  • with a certificate of a recognised professional qualification (e.B. farmer, winemaker, gardener, etc.) or
  • an examination certificate for a successfully passed proficiency examination (e.B. as part of a competence course) or
  • with a certificate of recognized studies, if necessary in conjunction with a .m an additional certificate (from universities, training institutions) or
  • with a valid certificate from another EU Member State for the sustainable use of pesticides.

If there are more than three years between the issuance of the certificate and the application, a current proof of further training must also be submitted.

  • Information at the Chamber of Agriculture
  • Plant Protection Expertise Ordinance of 28 July 1987 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 1752), which was last amended by Article 27 of the Act of 6 December 2011 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 2515)

Related Links

  • ยง 9 Plant Protection Expertise Ordinance (PflSchSachkV)
  • Plant Protection Expertise Ordinance (PflSchSachkV)
  • Directive 2009/128/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009

The Authority shall receive the complete application documents and verify the particulars and authenticity of the certificates and/or certificates. If all the requirements for competence have been proven, the authority prepares the certificate of competence and a fee notice. Upon receipt of payment, the authority will send the certificate of competence to the person making the application.

You need the new certificate of competence (SKN) in card format since 26.11.2015.

The application for this must be submitted online at www.pflanzenschutz-skn.de. (Please let your friends or acquaintances help you if you can't get along on the Internet). Further information can be viewed via the tile of the responsible federal state. The certificate of competence can be applied for with or without registration. Thereafter, the mandatory fields must be filled in with the information on the applicant. After entering the security code, you will be taken to the application page. Enter the application type here. The application type "application" includes the application of plant protection products and the application type "supply" includes the sale of plant protection products. After confirming the required knowledge of German and the recognition of the data protection declaration, you can upload your copies of your certificates, such as a letter of assistant or a certificate of proficiency. Finally, submit the application via the corresponding button. After submitting your data, a short information will appear in the online portal as to whether your application has been successfully submitted. You will not receive a separate e-mail or further confirmation. It is not necessary to additionally send the application signed by post.

Alternatively: If you cannot upload the certificate yourself, please send us the copy by post to the respective service.

Experts in plant protection from EU member states who want to use plant protection products in Germany also need a German certificate of competence.

For technical reasons, it is not possible to apply for the German certificate of competence via the online database.

Please contact the plant protection service or the body responsible for submitting the application in the federal state where you want to work directly.

For this you can use the service finder on the homepage.

In addition to the certificate, old or newly qualified persons whose degree was completed more than 3 years ago also need proof of participation in a recognized further training course on the subject of plant protection.
If all documents are complete, the application will be processed within 4 - 6 weeks.

You will receive a notice and an invoice for 30 euros (40 euros for foreign certificates).
The sending of the certificate card can take up to 2 months from payment.
In addition to applying for a certificate of competence, you must participate in a 4-hour training course over a recurring 3-year period.

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

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