Mining engineer in charge

In order to perform the profession and use the professional title in Norway you need to meet certain minimum requirements from laws and regulations. If you have obtained your professional qualification abroad, you must apply for recognition from Norwegian authorities. You will find information about documentation requirements and the application process here.

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Applications can only be submitted by the professional/individual. Please submit your application with attachments to The Directorate of Mining.

  • Certified copy of evidence of formal qualifications.
  • Proof of the applicant’s nationality.
  • CV.

When the mining engineer in charge does not meet the educational requirements that apply to the extraction operation, an application for approval must be submitted to the Directorate of Mining. Approval is only granted for a specific extraction operation, not as a general authorisation to practise a profession as a mining engineer in charge. It is the scope of the extraction and if the extraction is underground or in opencast mining facilities that determines whether approval is required.

The mining engineer in charge is responsible for ensuring that:

  • the deposit is extracted in a sustainable manner
  • operations comply with an up-to-date and approved operating plan at all times
  • operations take place in a technically satisfactory manner such that considerations for employees, nearby buildings and the environment in general are safeguarded

The function of mining engineer in charge is seen in relation to each individual extraction operation, and the qualification requirements that apply to the mining engineer in charge depends on the scope and complexity of the operation. 

  • Mining engineers in charge of subsurface extraction (mines) or opencast mining facilities with a total annual extraction of more than 500,000 m3 of matter shall be educated to at least master of technology level, and have completed specialist training in the operation of mineral resources (Section 3.2 of the Regulations).
  • Mining engineers in charge of opencast mining facilities with a total annual extraction of between 15,000 m3 and 500,000 m3 of matter shall have completed a two-year course of training at a vocational college, which shall have included specialisation in rock engineering. Persons who have passed the mine foreman examination administered by the Norwegian national mining college (Statens bergskole) shall be deemed to hold an equivalent qualification (Section 3-3 of the Regulations).

Language requirements:

No, but the competent authority may require proof of sufficient Norwegian language knowledge necessary for practicing the profession.

Criteria/conditions for recognition: 

The statutory requirements for being entitled to approval are stipulated in the Regulations issued pursuant to the Minerals Act, Section 4.

Case processing deadlines:

The recognition authority must respond to the applicant within one month of receiving the application for recognition.
The recognition authority must have completed its consideration of the application within three months of the application being complete.


The Directorate of Mining does not charge a fee for processing applications for recognition.

Right of appeal:

You have the right to appeal against the recognition authority’s decision. The decision can be appealed pursuant to the provisions of the Norwegian Administration Act Chapter VI. 
The right of appeal also applies if the recognition authority has exceeded the case processing deadline (see Case processing deadlines above).

Recognition authority

The Directorate of Mining
P.O. Box 3021 Lade
NO-7441 Trondheim

Tlf: (+47) 73 90 46 00

Office address: Leiv Eirikssons vei 39, 7040 Trondheim

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