Authorisation represents a full and permanent approval, while licenses impose one or more limitations with respect to duration, independent or supervised practice/training etc.

The Register for Health Personnel (Helsepersonellregisteret) is continually updated and contains the names of those who have an authorisation or license to work in Norway in all areas of the health sector.

Apply for authorisation

All applications should be submitted electronically through Altinn.

Apply for authorisation and license (altinn.no)

 User guide Altinn: Apply for authorisation and license (PDF)

  • Please read about required documentation before you apply, for an easier and faster application process.
  • Applicants without Norwegian personal identity number or D-number also have to use the electronic application form in Altinn. Use the alternative log-in on Altinn.
  • A scanned color copy of your passport must accompany the application.
  • If you want to give a person authorization to act on your behalf , you must enclose the proxy form (DOC) 
  • All original documents must be translated to either Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English by a certified public translator. The translated document and the original document must be uploaded as one single file in Altinn.
  • If you need to submit more attachments or make changes to the application after it has been submitted, this must be sent to autorisasjon@helsedir.no. Please do not submit a new application in Altinn.

Required documentation: Education from the Nordic countries

We require all documents to be scanned color copies of the original document, and rotated the right way. If a document contains multiple pages we require them submitted as a single file with the pages in the right order.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health may, in certain cases, ask for additional documents.

Professions regulated by «Nordisk overenskomst»

The following professions are regulated by Nordisk overenskomst (Agreement on a common Nordic labour market for certain categories of health personnel and veterinarians):

​Profession​Required documentation
​Chiropodist (fotterapeut)​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

It is mandatory to upload and submit the following documents with the application in Altinn:

  1. Diploma
  2. Authorization from the country the applicant graduated from, or from another EU/EEA country (optional)
  3. Work certificate (optional)
​​Chiropractor (kiropraktor)
​Dental Health Secretary (tannhelsesekretær)
​​Dentist (tannlege)
​Dental Hygienist (tannpleier)
​Dental Technician (tanntekniker)
​General Nurse (sykepleier)
​Medical Laboratory Technologist (bioingeniør)
​Midwife (jordmor)
​Occupational Therapist (ergoterapeut)
​Optometrist (optiker)
​Pharmacist (provisorfarmasøyt) ​and Prescriptionist (reseptarfarmasøyt)
​​Physiotherapist (fysioterapeut)
​Psychologist (psykolog)
​Radiographer (radiograf)

Professions NOT regulated by «Nordisk overenskomst»

The following professions are not regulated by Nordisk overenskomst (Agreement on a common Nordic labour market for certain categories of health personnel and veterinarians):

​Profession​Required documentation
​Audiologist (audiograf)

It is mandatory to upload and submit the following documents with the application in Altinn:

  1. Diploma
  2. Transcript / Diploma Supplement
  3. A detailed overview of the curriculum showing the specific subject content (not only the name of the subject) and the duration of the education.  

    The theoretical content must be stated in the learning objectives for each individual subject and the scope of each subject must be expressed in ECTS or the number of hours for each subject. The number of work placements / clinical practice studies and each period's length, objective, venue and evaluation results must also be stated.

    The curriculum has to be printed by the educational institution in the applicants name, and be valid for the years the applicant studied, e.g. if you studied from 2010 – 2015 the curriculum has to cover those years.

    The curriculum also needs to provide detailed contact information to the educational institution.
  4. Authorization from the country the applicant graduated from, or from another EU /EEA country (optional)
  5. Work certificate (optional)
Cardiovascular Perfusionist (perfusjonist)
​Clinical Nutritionist (klinisk ernæringsfysiolog)
​​Emergency Medical Technician (ambulansearbeider)​
​Health Care Worker (helsefagarbeider),
incl. Auxiliary Nurse and Care Worker
​Medical Practitioner (lege)
See information under Required documentation: Education from the EU/EEA -> Professions regulated by the Professional Qualifications Directive
​Medical Secretary (helsesekretær)
​Orthoptist (ortoptist)
​Pharmacy Technician (apotektekniker)
​Prosthetist (ortopediingeniør)
​Social Educator (vernepleier)

 

Required documentation: Education from the EU/EEA

We require all documents to be scanned color copies of the original document, and rotated the right way. If a document contains multiple pages we require them submitted as a single file with the pages in the right order.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health may, in certain cases, ask for additional documents.

Automatic recognition of qualifications (Professional Qualifications Directive)

Under the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament) there is a system of automatic recognition of profession qualification for the following professions:

​Profession​Required documentation
​General Nurse (sykepleier)​ ​ ​ ​ ​

You are required to upload and submit the following documents with the application in Altinn:

  1. Diploma
  2. Transcript / Diploma Supplement
  3. Authorization from the country the applicant graduated from, or from another EU /EEA country
  4. Work certificate (optional)
​Midwife (jordmor)
​Medical Practitioner (lege)
* See additional information below.
​Dentist (tannlege)
​Pharmacist (farmasøyt -> provisorfarmasøyt)


* Education as Medical Practitioner from the EU / EEA without integrated practice:

If you have graduated from one of the following countries, it is mandatory to complete an internship in Norway before you can apply for authorization as a medical practitioner:

  • Denmark
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxemburg
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • United Kingdom
  • Sweden 

See turnus for leger (in Norwegian) in order to apply for internship.

The general system of recognition (non-automatic recognition)

The following professions do not qualify for automatic recognition, but to an assessment of equivalence. In order for the Norwegian Directorate of Health to make this assessment, the applicant must submit more detailed documentation of the education:

​Profession​Required documentation
​Audiologist (audiograf)​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

It is mandatory to upload and submit the following documents with the application in Altinn:

  1. Diploma
  2. Transcript / Diploma Supplement
  3. A detailed overview of the curriculum showing the specific subject content (not only the name of the subject) and the duration of the education.  

    The theoretical content must be stated in the learning objectives for each individual subject and the scope of each subject must be expressed in ECTS or the number of hours for each subject. The number of work placements / clinical practice studies and each period's length, objective, venue and evaluation results must also be stated.

    The curriculum has to be printed by the educational institution in the applicants name, and be valid for the years the applicant studied, e.g. if you studied from 2010 – 2015 the curriculum has to cover those years.

    The curriculum also needs to provide detailed contact information to the educational institution.
  4. Authorization from the country the applicant graduated from, or from another EU /EEA country.
  5. Work certificate (optional).
​ ​ ​
​Cardiovascular Perfusionist (perfusjonist)
​Chiropodist (fotterapeut)
​Chiropractor (kiropraktor)
​Clinical Nutritionist (klinisk ernæringsfysiolog)
​Dental Hygienist (tannpleier)
​Dental Health Secretary (tannhelsesekretær)
​Dental Technician (tanntekniker)
​Emergency Medical Technician (ambulansearbeider)
​Health Care Worker (helsefagarbeider),
incl. Auxiliary Nurse and Care Worker
​Medical Laboratory Technologist (bioingeniør)
​Medical Secretary (helsesekretær)
​Occupational Therapist (ergoterapeut)
​Optometrist (optiker)
​Orthoptist (ortoptist)
​Pharmacy Technician (apotektekniker)
​Physiotherapist (fysioterapeut)
​Prescriptionist (farmasøyt -> reseptarfarmasøyt)
​Prosthetist (ortopediingeniør)
​Psychologist (psykolog)
​Radiographer (radiograf)
​Social Educator (vernepleier)

Required documentation: Education from outside the EU/EEA

From January 1st 2017 there will be introduced additional requirements for applicants with education from outside the EU/EEA. Please read information below.

We require all documents to be scanned color copies of the original document, and rotated the right way. If a document contains multiple pages we require them submitted as a single file with the pages in the right order.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health may, in certain cases, ask for additional documents.

All professions

It is mandatory to upload and submit the following documents with the application in Altinn.

  1. Diploma
  2. Transcript/Diploma Supplement
  3. A detailed overview of the curriculum showing the specific subject content (not only the name of the subject) and the duration of the education.  This does not apply if you already have an authorization from another Nordic country.

    Requirements for the curriculum:

    • The theoretical content must be stated in the learning objectives for each individual subject.
    • The scope of each subject must be expressed in either ECTS or the number of hours for each subject.
    • The number of work placements or clinical practice studies with each period's length, objective, venue and evaluation results must be stated.
    • Practice must be expressed with
    – number of weeks or hours or ECTS within each field of practice
    – department which include areas /
    • List of institutions where your practical training experience is conducted.We require the curriculum to be printed by the educational institution in the applicants name, and be valid for those years the applicant studied, e.g. if you studied from 2010–2015 the curriculum has to cover those years.
    • The curriculum also needs to provide detailed contact information to the educational institution.
  4. Authorization from the country the applicant graduated from and/or the country you have worked in. If your profession is not regulated in the country you have graduated from, or worked in, please inform about this.
  5. Detailed work certificate showing where and what you have been working with.

Education as Medical Practitioner: Verification of diploma and transcript through ECFMG

Applicants must verify their diploma and transcript through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates' (ECFMG) Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials – EPIC (ecfmgepic.org) in the United States.

The application for authorisation will not be processed until the documents are verified through EPIC.

Requirement for authorisation as Medical Practitioner, General Nurse, Dentist, Pharmacist and Prescriptionist

Before the authorisation is granted, you also need to conduct and complete a national Norwegian seminar «Kurs i nasjonale fag».

Please note that from January 1st 2017 there will be introduced additional requirements for applicants with education from outside the EU/EEA. Please read information below.

Additional documentation for Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, United States and Yemen

For those who have graduated from Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, The United States of America and Yemen it is mandatory that diploma and transcripts is submitted by their educational institution directly to the Norwegian Directorate of Health.

Please send documents by email to autorisasjon@helsedir.no or by postal mail to:

Helsedirektoratet,
Divisjon kompetanse og personell,
PB 7000 St. Olavs plass,
0130 Oslo, Norway.

Contact information (name, email address and phone number) to at least one person at the educational institution must be stated together with the documents. 

Additional requirements for applications received from January 1st 2017

January 1st 2017 new requirements for authorisation as health personnel in Norway will be introduced for applicants with education from countries outside the European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Applicants who apply for authorisation and pay the application fee by December 31st 2016 will have their application processed in accordance with the existing requirements.

TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENT

Applicants applying after December 31st 2016 are obliged to meet these new requirements, unless they are subject to the transitional arrangement, comprising the following two groups of applicants: 

  • Applicants who have applied for authorisation in 2015 or 2016 and had their qualifications considered equivalent, but were required to complete and pass the seminar on Norwegian health services, health legislation and society in order to obtain an authorization: These applicants will have their new application processed in accordance with the existing requirements if they complete the course and re-apply before by December 31st 2017.
  • Applicants who have applied for authorisation before  January 1st 2017, and who have received rejection decisions instructing them to complete additional education and/or practice: These applicants will have their new application processed in accordance with the existing requirements if they complete the additional education and/or practice and re-apply by December 31st 2017. The course on Norwegian health services, health legislation and society must be documented for applications for authorisation as medical practitioner, dentist, nurse or pharmacist. 

Complaints are processed in accordance with the same requirements as the decision.

TWO STEPS

First, applicants must apply for authorisation with the required documents to have their education considered equivalent to the corresponding Norwegian education. Please read about required documentation under «All professions» above carefully. 

Note that only applicants whose qualifications are considered equivalent, or otherwise has proven to possess the necessary skills, can proceed with their application for authorisation.

Secondly, when the applicant’s education are considered equivalent or necessary skills has been proven, additional courses and tests will be required before authorisation can be granted.  

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The additional requirements are:

  • Document language skills at B2 level (required for all professions)
  • Complete and pass a course on Norwegian health services, health legislation and society (required for all professions) (Norwegian: kurs i nasjonale fag)
  • Complete and pass a course in safe handling of medicine (only required for  medical practitioners, dentists, nurses and pharmacists) (Norwegian: kurs i legemiddelhåndtering)
  • Pass a proficiency test (only required for medical practitioners, dentists, nurses and health care workers ) (Norwegian: fagprøve)

The additional requirements must be met before authorisation can be granted. The requirements must be completed and passed within a period of three years, starting from when you receive a confirmation of equivalency. Within this time period you have three attempts to complete each of the requirements.

Language skills

You are required to pass a Norwegian language test at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference of languages, CEFR).  «Test of Norwegian – advanced level» (Norwegian: Test i norsk – høyere nivå, also known as Bergenstesten) is the most common language test to prove such skills (the grade pass/bestått corresponds to B2 level). Both the oral and the written exam must be passed. The Norwegian test for adult immigrants by Vox also tests Norwegian skills at the B2 level.

You can also fulfil this requirement by documenting language skills in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish at the same level. Documentation of the following will be considered to correspond to the B2 level in Norwegian:

  • Examination in Norwegian or Norwegian as a second language on the “VG3-level” (393 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school
  • Level 3 examination in Norwegian for foreign students at Norwegian universities with the grade C or better
  • Examination from the 1-year course (60 ECTS) in Norwegian language and culture for foreign students, taken at a university or a university college, with the grade C or better
  • Completed all 9 or 10 years of primary and lower secondary school where the language of instruction was Norwegian
  • Completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) courses Norwegian A or Norwegian B at least at standard level with the grade 3 or better

We advise applicants with little or no knowledge of the Norwegian language to start their language training before they apply for authorisation. For some three years can be a short time to reach the required level.

Course on Norwegian health services, health legislation and society

You are required to complete a course and pass a test on Norwegian health services, health legislation and society. The course provides knowledge of the Norwegian health and care services; relevant legislation; cultural understanding and national priorities.
Folkeuniversitetet and Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences organise the course on behalf of the Directorate of Health every spring semester and fall semester. You will receive more information about the course with the confirmation of equivalency.

If you have already passed the course, you must enclose documentation of this when you apply for authorisation.

Course in safe handling of medicine

Medical practitioners, dentists, nurses and pharmacists, are required to complete a course and pass a test in the safe handling of medicine before they can achieve Norwegian authorisation.  The course will be offered in continuation of the course on Norwegian health services, health legislation and society, by the same educational institutions.

Applicants who need this course will receive more information about the course with the confirmation of equivalency.

Proficiency test for medical practitioners, dentists, nurses and health care workers

Medical practitioners, dentists, nurses and health care workers must pass a test to prove their professional skills. The test is written, oral and practical, and proves that the applicant has the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to work within their profession in the Norwegian health services.

Applicants who need a proficiency test will receive more information about the test with the confirmation of equivalency.

THE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF THE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

You will need to pass the language test first, as the additional courses and tests are held in Norwegian.  Please note that you can complete the language test before you apply for authorisation. Admission to the other courses and tests is conditional of equivalency and documentation of required language skills. The rest of the courses and tests can be taken in in any given order.

FEES FOR THE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 

The cost of the courses and tests is mainly to be covered by the applicant. The prices of each course and tests are not yet determined and will be announced later.

Payment of processing fee

Those who wish to apply for authorisation, must pay a processing fee.

Fee: NOK 1.665,-. Any costs related to the transfer must be covered by the applicant.

The application fee has to be paid in Altinn. This is the same system where you register and submit your application. 

Processing time

The time required to process your application is usually:

  • Applicants educated within the Nordic countries: 6 weeks
  • Applicants educated within EU/EEA: 4 months    
  • Applicants educated outside the EU/EEA: 7 months

Please note that the time required to process your application may be longer if your application for example lacks necessary information or documentation.  

Sist oppdatert: 1. desember 2016

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