Prior checks – checks of professional qualifications

If you wish to work in Norway on a temporary basis for the first time, the recognition office may carry out a prior check. By prior check is meant that the recognition office can demand that you submit an advance notification confirming that you can practise your profession in Norway.


Recognition offices can only require prior checks to prevent serious harm to service recipients' health or public safety. Prior checks only apply to professions that fall under the scope of the general system for recognition on the basis of evidence of formal qualifications. In principle, prior checks do not apply to professions that fall under the scope of recognition on the basis of professional experience, coordination of minimum training requirements (harmonised professions), and common training principles.

The recognition office normally has three months for case processing from receiving the advance notification until the final decision on professional practice must have been made in cases where substantial differences exist. In the event of delays, another two months can be allowed for case processing, which gives a total case processing time of up to five months. During this period, it must be assessed whether substantial differences exist, whether you have to take an aptitude test and whether you have to have taken an aptitude test. If these deadlines are not observed, you are entitled to practise your profession.

Professions for which prior checks are required:

Divers:

  • Diver, class A
  • Diver, class B

Building and construction:

  • Mobile crane operator (certificate category G1)
  • Tower crane operator (certificate category G2)
  • Portal/swing crane operator (certificate category G3)
  • Gantry crane/overhead travelling crane operator (certificate category G4)
  • Truck-mounted crane operator (certificate category G8)
  • Operator of bulldozer with effect greater than 15 kW (20.4 HP) (certificate category M1)
  • Excavator operator with effect greater than 15 kW (20.4 HP) (certificate category M2)
  • Operator of grader with effect greater than 15 kW (20.4 HP) (certificate category M3)
  • Operator of wheel loader with effect greater than 15 kW (20.4 HP) (certificate category M4)
  • Operator of backhoe loader with effect greater than 15 KW (20.4 HP) (certificate category M5)
  • Operator of dump truck with effect greater than 15 kW (20.4 HP) (certificate category M6)
  • Operator of scraper with effect greater than 15 kW (20.4 HP) (certificate category M7)
  • Fork lift truck operator – pedestrian low lift pallet truck, electric pallet truck with permanent platform, lifting capacity up to 10 tonnes (certificate category T1)
  • Fork lift truck operator – Reach truck with lifting capacity up to 10 tonnes (certificate category T2)
  • Fork lift truck operator – High-lifting order pickers/side loading and rider-lifting picking truck with lifting capacity up to 10 tonnes (certificate category T3)
  • Fork lift truck operator – Counterbalance forklift truck with lifting capacity up to 10 tonnes (certificate category T4)
  • Fork lift truck operator – Forklift side loader with lifting capacity up to 10 tonnes (certificate category T5)
  • Fork lift truck operator – Telescopic handler/variable reach truck with lifting capacity up to 10 tonnes (certificate category C1)
  • Fork lift truck operator – Rotating telescopic handler truck with a lifting capacity up to 10 tonnes (certificate category C2)
  • Fork lift truck operator – Forklift side loader with lifting capacity over 10 tonnes (certificate category T6)
  • Fork lift truck operator – Straddle carriers with lifting capacity over 10 tonnes (certificate category T7)
  • Fork lift truck operator – Counterbalance truck, fork arms – lifting capacity over 10 tonnes (certificate category T8)
  • Fork lift truck operator – Container handler – lifting capacity over 10 tonnes (certificate category T8.1)
  • Fork lift truck operator – Counterbalance truck with permanent log grab – lifting capacity over 10 tonnes (certificate category T8.2)
  • Fork lift truck operator – Counterbalance forklift truck, telescopic beam – lifting capacity over 10 tonnes (certificate category T8.4

Road traffic:

  • Driving instructor
  • Driving instructor – additional qualifications, categories A1, A2 and A
  • Driving instructor – additional qualifications, heavy categories
  • Responsible manager of tachograph workshop
  • Technical manager of vehicle inspection centre
  • Workshop manager
  • Emergency vehicle driver
  • Emergency vehicle driver training manager
  • Emergency vehicle driving instructor

Animal health professions:

  • Inseminator
  • Aqua medicine biologist
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Veterinary surgeon

Health professions:

  • Midwife
  • Doctor (Basic Medical Training)
  • Pharmacist
  • Nurse
  • Dentist
  • General practitioner
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Audiologist
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Occupational therapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Health care worker
  • Medical secretary
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical nutritionist
  • Optometrist
  • Cardiovascular perfusionist
  • Orthoptist
  • Prosthetist
  • Psychologist
  • Radiographer
  • Pharmacist (reseptar)
  • Dental health secretary
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental technician
  • Nurse trained in learning disabilities

Specialist medical practitioners and dentists:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Occupational medicine
  • Child psychiatry
  • Paediatric surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • General haematology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Gastroenterological surgery
  • General surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Cardiology
  • Dermato-venereology
  • Immunology
  • General (internal) medicine
  • Communicable diseases
  • Vascular surgery
  • Maxillo-facial surgery (replaces dental, oral and maxillo-facial surgery)
  • Pharmacology
  • Lung diseases
  • Clinical neurophysiology
  • Biological chemistry (replaces clinical chemistry)
  • Microbiology-bacteriology
  • Neurological surgery
  • Neurology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Renal diseases
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pathological anatomy
  • Plastic surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Community medicine
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Urology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Breast and endocrine surgery
  • Oncology
  • Addiction medicine
  • Specialist in general practice
  • Medical genetics
  • Documentation of completed specialist education in orthodontics
  • Documentation of completed specialist education in oral surgery
  • Endodontics
  • Maxillofacial radiology
  • Prosthodontics
  • Pedodontics
  • Periodontics

Blasting and electrical professions:

  • Automation electrician
  • Automation mechanic
  • Electrician (low voltage)
  • Electrical equipment repairer
  • Power-supply fitter electrician
  • Lift electrician
  • Train electrician
  • Power line electrician
  • Repairer of electromedical devices
  • Person who has the professional responsibility for work related to electrical installations on the employer's own electrical (low and high voltage) power distribution grids, line networks, distribution systems, transformer substations and appurtenant equipment
  • Person who has the professional responsibility for work related to electrical installations
  • Person who has the professional responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the employer's own low-voltage installations or for simple low power high-voltage installations
  • Person who has the professional responsibility for inspections of electrical systems on behalf of the Norwegian authorities
  • Person who performs inspections of electrical installations and electrical equipment on behalf of the Norwegian authorities
  • Authorised rock blaster
  • Authorised rock blaster adviser
  • Certified pyrotechnician
  • Certified stage pyrotechnician
  • Technical blasting adviser
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