Regulated education and training

By regulated education and training is meant training which is specifically geared towards the pursuit of a given profession and which comprises one or more courses, if relevant supplemented by professional training or probationary or professional practice as stipulated by law or regulations.

In Norway, a regulated education is an education governed by a national curriculum. A national curriculum describes the content of the programme, and it applies to all educational institutions that offer the education in question. National curricula are normally set out in a special act or regulations. Regulated education and training does not necessarily mean that the actual practice of the profession is regulated. It is therefore important to distinguish between regulated education and training and regulated professions.

In Norway, the following educations are governed by national curricula:

Teacher education:

  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Sami kindergarten teacher
  • Primary and Lower Secondary
  • Teacher Education for Years 1–7
  • Primary and Lower Secondary
  • Teacher Education for Years 5-10
  • One-year programme in educational theory and practice
  • Three-year vocational teacher education
  • Five-year upper secondary teacher programmes with integrated master's degree in practical and aesthetic subjects
  • Subject teacher education in design, arts and crafts
  • Subject teacher education in physical education and sports
  • Subject teacher education in music, dance and drama
  • Subject teacher education in practical and aesthetic subjects
  • Preschool teacher education

Preschool teacher specialisations:

  • Drama
  • Aesthetic subjects
  • Arts and crafts
  • Physical education
  • Music
  • Natural science and environmental studies
  • Norwegian
  • Organisation and management
  • Religious and ethical education
  • Early childhood education
  • Outdoor activities

Health and social care programmes:

  • Child welfare officer education
  • Medical laboratory technician education
  • Occupational therapist education
  • Physiotherapist education
  • Health visitor education
  • Radiographer education
  • Social worker education
  • Nursing education
  • Nurse training in learning disabilities

Further education in healthcare subjects:

  • Aging and care for the elderly
  • Nurse anaesthesiaPaediatric nursing
  • Health promotion and preventive work
  • Intensive care nursing
  • Cancer nursing
  • Theatre nursing
  • Mental health work
  • Midwife education

Further education in social work subjects:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse treatment
  • Nursing education

Engineering education:

  • Two-year engineering programmes
  • Three-year engineering programmes


  • Bachelor's programmes in auditing and accounting

Education and training programmes with special structures

By education and training programmes with special structures is meant that you have a diploma documenting completed education with a duration of minimum one year after upper secondary school, but that it is not at higher education level. In Norway, education with special structures are tertiary vocational education programmes with a duration of more than one year. It is specified in the Act relating to Tertiary Vocational Education Section 1 first paragraph that 'tertiary vocational education means vocational education based on upper secondary education or equivalent prior learning and work experience, with a duration of at least half an academic year and at the most two academic years.

Norway has the following education/training programmes with special structures:

  • Vocational teacher
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