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 or the employer. Please submit your application with attachments to The Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning.
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 relating to the organisation and dimensioning of the fire service.
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 for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning 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 Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB)
P.O. Box 2014
Tlf:(+47) 33 41 25 00
Office address: Rambergveien 9, 3115 Tønsberg