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
Applications can only be submitted by the professional/individual. Please submit your application with attachments to the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority.
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 relating to conduct of work, use of work equipment and appurtenant technical requirements, part three: Requirements relating to work involving physical risk factors, Chapter 10 on requirements relating to use of work equipment, and the Regulations concerning administrative arrangements within the area of application of the Working Environment Act Chapter 9 on foreign nationals’ right to use work equipment or perform work under water or under increased ambient pressure.
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.
Temporary provision of services:
A professional who is legally established in another EEA state or Switzerland has the same right to practice the same profession temporarily in Norway. Since the profession in question involves a potential risk to public health or safety, the competent authority will check your qualifications and decide if you are allowed to provide the service.
The competent authority shall take a decision within 1 month of receiving your application on whether you are allowed to provide the service or if compensatory measures are necessary.
If the processing time exceeds 1 month, the competent authority will notify you regarding the delay. In such cases, the competent authority will provide a decision on your application within 2 months after the reason for the delay has been resolved.
The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority 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 competent authority has exceeded the case processing deadlines (see Case processing deadlines above).
The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority
P.O. Box 4720 Sluppen,
Tlf: (+47) 73 19 97 00