​To become a petroleum doctor requires mandatory training and passing an exam. A diving doctor must (in addition to being an authorised petroleum doctor) have completed mandatory diving doctor training and passed an exam.

The requirements for mandatory training are stipulated by the Regulations regarding health requirements for persons working on installations in petroleum activities offshore.

The County Governor of Rogaland has been delegated the authority to authorise (certify) petroleum doctors and diving doctors and maintains a register of certified petroleum doctors and diving doctors. The certification is issued for five years for petroleum doctors and three years for diving doctors.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health has set out requirements for training; see Guidelines to Regulations regarding health requirements for persons working on installations in petroleum activities offshore (PDF). General requirements for certification as a petroleum doctor or diving doctor include general authorisation in the country in which the doctor works and verbal and written fluency in a Scandinavian language or English. National curricula have been prepared for initial certification and re-certification.

Requirement for courses/training for petroleum doctors

The training must comply with the established curriculum and be pre-approved by the Norwegian Directorate of Health. It must be performed in Norwegian, another Scandinavian language or English. An important part of the instruction will be associated with risk assessments of medical conditions that may affect the medical fitness of employees in the petroleum activities. Course providers organise the training and examination themselves and prepare a detailed timetable. Course attendance of at least one day's duration is required.

National curriculum: Training for first-time certification as a petroleum doctor (PDF)

Re-certification as a petroleum doctor

Re-certification as a petroleum doctor requires the doctor to have completed a mandatory refresher course and passed an exam. The training must comply with the national curriculum for re-certification (PDF) and be pre-approved by the Norwegian Directorate of Health. Course attendance and at least 12 hours of training are required.

Requirement for courses/training for diving doctors

The training must comply with the established curriculum and be pre-approved by the Norwegian Directorate of Health. It must be performed in Norwegian, another Scandinavian language or English. Course providers organise the training and examination themselves and prepare a detailed timetable. Course attendance (participation) is required and the training must cover 25 hours of theory and 3 hours of practical instruction as a minimum.

National curriculum: Training for first-time certification as a diving doctor (PDF)

Re-certification as a diving doctor

Re-certification as a diving doctor requires the doctor to be a currently certified petroleum doctor and to have completed a mandatory refresher course for diving doctors and passed an exam. The training must comply with the national curriculum for re-certification (PDF) and be pre-approved by the Norwegian Directorate of Health. Course attendance is required, along with at least 12 hours of training, of which at least 4 hours shall relate to the assessment of medical fitness for diving.

Pre-approval of courses

Applications for approval of courses for petroleum doctors or diving doctors should be sent to:

Department for Minority Health and Rehabilitation, Norwegian Directorate of Health, Postboks 7000 St Olavs plass, N-0130 Oslo, Norway.

The decision of the Norwegian Directorate of Health may be appealed within three weeks to the Ministry of Health and Care Services.

The application must include:

  • The time and place of the course.
  • The person who is professionally responsible for the training (documented competence).
  • Documentation of course instructor qualifications.
  • Detailed timetable showing time allocated to the different elements defined in the curriculum.
  • Description of type of training (e-learning, classroom instruction, seminars, group discussions) that will be used for the different elements of the training plan.
  • Description of how the candidates acquire the expected proficiency (case discussions, practical exercises, web-based feedback system).
  • Criteria and methods to be used for verifying that adequate competence has been acquired for each of the defined learning objectives.
  • Description of the form of the exam, criteria for passing the exam, appeals routine, option for re-examination.
  • Information about how the course will be evaluated.

Sist faglig oppdatert: 5. september 2016