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 note that the employer may not apply on behalf of the applicant. Please submit your application with attachments to The Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning.

  • Copy of passport or other proof of identity and nationality. Copy of an original valid certificate showing that you are a legally established professional another EEA state or Switzerland.
  • Confirmation from the authority that issued your certificate that the certificate is valid at the time of application and has not expired or been withdrawn.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Original transcript of police certificate of conduct from the country where you have practiced your profession that is no older than three months.
  • Information on the requirements for becoming an Authorised Rock Blaster in your home country, such as information about the basis for issuing the certificate for the regulated profession, the number of years of education and training, duration and content of courses, duration and content of practice, relevant certificates, what work the different certificates entitle you to carry out, names of schools, name of the authority that issues certificates etc.
  • Copy of an original diploma documenting relevant education is required if the country you have practiced your profession in does not issue certificates.

Language requirements:

No, but the competent authority may require proof of sufficient Norwegian language knowledge necessary for practicing the profession. Your Norwegian language skills may be assessed by the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning after your professional qualifications have been recognized.

Criteria/conditions for recognition: 

The statutory requirements for being entitled to authorisation are stipulated in the Regulations 15 June 2017 no. 844 on the civilian handling of explosive substances (the Explosives regulations).

Are prior checks required?

Yes.
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.

Fees:

The Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning 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 Norwegian Directorate of Civil Protection (DSB)
P.O. Box 2014
NO-3103 Tønsberg

E-mail: postmottak@dsb.no
Tlf:(+47) 33 41 25 00

Office address: Rambergveien 9, 3115 Tønsberg

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