Practicing the Profession of Agriculturist
In order to be able to practice the profession of agriculturist in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to register to the Council of Agriculturists and thus obtain the relevant license.
It is noted that the registration and licensing for the practice of the profession of Agriculturist is not required in the case of natural persons who are EU member state citizens or legal persons who have their headquarters in a Member State and are intended to provide their services on a temporary basis or circumstantially in the Republic of Cyprus. In this case, they inform the Council and are registered in the Special Registry of Agronomists who Provide Services.
For their registration in the Special Registry they need to provide the Council with a confirmation from the competent authority of their country that they have the necessary qualifications for exercising the profession of agronomist and that they practice it legally.
Agronomists registered in the Special Registry of Agronomists who Provide Services are crossed out once they have become permanent residents of the Republic of Cyprus or in cases where they lose for any purpose the right to exercise the profession of Agronomist in the Member State of which they are permanent residents.
Who is Eligible
Any physical person is eligible to register and practice the agriculturist profession, provided that the Council of Agriculturists is satisfied that he/she:
- is a citizen of Cyprus or spouse or a child of a citizen of Cyprus or a citizen of an EU member state and permanently lives in the Republic of Cyprus;
- has the necessary language knowledge for the practicing of the Agriculture profession in Cyprus;
- is of good character;
- possesses a university degree/diploma in Agriculture or in any field of agriculture obtained from a recognized by the Council university or by any other university equivalent institution; or
- possesses a university degree/diploma in a relevant to Agriculture science obtained from a university or higher educational institution and additionally is holder of a Masters degree in one of the fields of Agriculture, such as Agronomy, Agronomy Economics, Plant Protection, Animal Production, Crop Production, etc.;
- legal persons who have their headquarters in the Republic of Cyprus or in another Member State have also the right to be registered and exercise the profession of Agronomist, provided they employ at least one registered agronomist licensed to exercise the profession of Agronomist.
In case of any doubt about the university qualifications referred in 4 and 5 above the Council may consult KYSATS.
The Council may, in certain cases, grant a special license to Agriculturists who are third country citizens in order to conduct or supervise a project, provided they will be working in cooperation with a registered agriculturist.
Where to Apply
The application for registration to the Council of Agriculturists can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or you can contact directly the competent authority:
Council of Agriculturists
Ezekias Papaioannou 21, Flat 9
1703 Nicosia – Cyprus
P.O Box: 24331
Τel: +357 22759868
Fax:+ 357 22374575
Which Certificates must be Submitted
The application should be accompanied by the following documents:
- certificate of Academic Qualifications by a recognized University;
- two (2) Passport Photos;
- copy of professional qualification’s transcript;
- registration fee of €35;
- license issuance fee of €50.
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
The fees below are payable at the time of submitting the application.
The registration fee is €35 and is payable either by cash or cheque.
The annual license fee is €50 and is payable either by cash or cheque (refundable in case the application is not approved).
The applicant is informed regarding the authorization decision within 3 months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
Licence Validity Period
The Certificate of Registration to the Council is valid for one year. The renewal fee is €50.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated for. However, such revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.
Legislation & Obligations
Which Laws and Regulations Apply
What are my Obligations
Registered Agriculturists are obliged to comply with The Agriculturists Registration Law and Regulations, as periodically ammended.