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.
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:
The statutory requirements for recognition are 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.
Are prior checks required?
As a citizen of the EU/EEA, you have a right to practice your profession temporarily in Norway, without prior recognition. However, this principle does not apply to professions that have implications on public health or safety. If your profession has such implications, the Norwegian authorities may require a prior check of your qualifications. Prior checks involve an individual evaluation of your qualifications, to assess, among other things, if there are substantial differences between your qualifications and the requirements for practicing the profession in Norway. A prior check is consequently a sort of preliminary recognition. You cannot practice your profession in Norway before the competent authority has made a decision.
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 Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority 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).
The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority
P.O. Box 4720 Sluppen,
Tlf: (+47) 73 19 97 00