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

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 with an education from outside the EU / EEA must verify their diploma and transcript through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in the United States. It is the applicant's responsibility to do this.

The processing time in ECFMG is 4–6 months. The reply from ECFMG has to be sent directly to the Norwegian Directorate of Health, with a copy to the applicant.

The application for authorisation will not be processed until the Norwegian Directorate of Health has received a response from ECFMG.

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».

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. 

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: 16. august 2016

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