Driving instructor - Additional Qualifications Heavy Categories

 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.

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Applications can only be submitted by the professional/individual.

The application can be handed in at one of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration's Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office or sent by mail.

  • Application form with information about what the applicant hopes to achieve by applying.
  • Certified copy of evidence of formal qualifications issued by the competent authority of another EEA-member state or Switzerland.
  • If relevant, documentation of professional experience.


Note that the application process takes place in two steps, first the applicant`s professional qualifications are assessed, and the decisions are made related to this assessment. Then, by a positive decision, approval is applied in order to practice the profession. In order to get approval to perform the profession, you first have to get recognition as a driving instructor category B in Norway. Further you must have held a driving license for the categories in which instruction is to be given for at least three consecutive years. This information will also appear in the decision.

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration may demand further documentation and translation of documents if necessary. 

Driving instructor in Heavy Categories is an additional qualification which in Norway demand an additional education. In order to work as a Heavy Categories driving instructor, you must first hold a Norwegian driving instructor license.

Language requirements:

No. Language proficiency in Norwegian is not a requirement for approval of the professional qualification itself, but however teaching staff must have sufficient/enough Norwegian knowledge to be able to perform their profession satisfactory and properly. The employer must ensure that the language skills are adequate. Compensating measures is conducted in Norwegian and decisions are made in Norwegian.

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 Act relating to the Recognition of Professional Qualifications, Regulations relating to recognition of professional qualifications and Norwegian regulations concerning driver training and driving tests etc. chapter 6, cf. the Road Traffic Act Section 27.  

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 Public Roads Administration 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 Norwegian Public Roads Administration,
PO Box 1010 Nordre Ål

E-mail: firmapost@vegvesen.no
Tlf: +47 22 07 30 00 

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