Operation approval for ski schools and mountain guide licence - diploma recognition - application


The district administrative authority must, upon application of a person (with Austrian citizenship, with the citizenship of an EU or EEA member state or with the Swiss Confederation, with the status of a long-term resident of a third country in the sense of Directive 2003/109/EC or a family member in the sense of Directive 2004/38/EC), as part of the procedure for granting a ski school operating license, grant a state ski instructor's license or a mountain guide's license under certain conditions, whether and to what extent their qualification is equivalent to that required by Austrian law.

Under certain conditions, the district administrative authority shall prescribe the completion of an adaptation course or the passing of an aptitude test.

The district administrative authority shall determine the place, content and assessment of the adaptation period and the competent examination office for the aptitude test, as well as the subjects which may be the subject of the examination. The subject areas are to be determined on the basis of a comparison between the training in accordance with Austrian requirements and the applicant's previous training. 

The applicant may choose between completing an adaptation course and taking an aptitude test.

A recognition already granted by another federal state also applies to Lower Austria.

Informal application including documents to prove that the legally required conditions are fulfilled.

The district administrative authority must acknowledge receipt of the documents (application plus proof of citizenship) within one month; if necessary, it must indicate which documents are missing.

The district administrative authority must take a decision on the application without undue delay, but after four months at the latest.

  • Verwaltungsabgabe
    gemäß NÖ Landes-Verwaltungsabgabenverordnung 2001, StF: LGBl. 3800/1-0 sowie gemäß NÖ Landes-Verwaltungsabgabentarif 2020, StF: LGBl. Nr. 106/2019 
    in the versions valid at the time
  • Gebühren 
    Gebührengesetz 1957 (GebG), StF: BGBl. Nr. 267/1957 (WV)
    in the respective valid version

Please inquire in advance with the responsible office.

(a) Conditions for the determination of equivalence: 

  • if this person has evidence of qualifications or training from an EU or EEA Member State Member State or the Swiss Confederation, which is subject to Directive 2005/36/EC.
  • the applicant must provide proof of his/her citizenship
  • in case of legitimate doubts about the authenticity of the documents, the district administrative authority, the competent authorities of the issuing State shall issue a Request confirmation of authenticity.

b) Requirements for the prescription of an adaptation period or Suitability test: 

  • if the previous education relates to subjects that differ substantially from the training according to Austrian requirements. 
  • the profession of ski school operator, state ski instructor or mountain guide in country of origin not all professional activities of the respective profession according to national law, and this difference consists in a special training that is based on the refers to subjects that differ significantly from those that are or training certificate, which the applicant is required to provide person (subjects that differ significantly are those in which the knowledge of the person is an essential prerequisite for the exercise of the profession and where the previous education of the applicant person significant deviations with regard to Duration and content compared to the training required by Austrian law has).  
  • the knowledge acquired in the course of professional practice by the applicant the differences in training which are essential for the exercise of the profession cannot be completely or only partially.

District administrative authority (Bezirksverwaltungsbehörde) of the requested siting commune(s) or the commune of residence.

Authentication or signature of the application is not required.

An appeal is possible against rulings issued by an authority and shall be filed by the party within a four 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. 

Abteilung Sport, Amt der NÖ Landesregierung

December 10th, 2020

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