Mining engineer in charge

If you have acquired your professional qualifications abroad, you must obtain recognition of your qualifications from the Norwegian authorities in order to practice the profession in Norway. The competent authority will assess whether you meet the requirements to practice the profession and use the professional title in Norway. You will find information about documentation requirements, the application process and regulations here.

About this form

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: 

If you acquired your professional qualifications in an EEA country or Switzerland, you may have the right to have your application processed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Act and Regulations on the approval of professional qualifications. In addition, there are national regulations related to the practice of the profession as stipulated in the Regulations issued pursuant to the Minerals Act, Section 4.

Case processing deadlines:

The competent authority must acknowledge receipt of your application within 1 month of receipt and inform you of any missing documents.

The competent authority shall take a justified decision no later than 3 months following the submission of your complete application.


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

Right of appeal:

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the decision, you may appeal in writing, pursuant to Chapter VI of the Public Administration Act. If your application is processed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Act, the right of appeal also applies if the recognition authority has exceeded the case processing deadlines (see Case processing deadlines above).

Competent 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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