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Current status

The Norwegian Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (NKR) was adopted in December 2011. The learning outcomes approach is an integral part of the work on quality in primary, secondary and tertiary education in Norway.

Public consultation

A public consultation on the regulation concerning the Norwegian Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (NQF) and the referencing of its levels to the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF) can now be found on the government’s website (Norwegian only).


The referencing process

The Ministry of Education and Research presented the report referencing the levels of the Norwegian Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (NQF) to the levels of the European Qualifications Framework of Lifelong learning (EQF) at a meeting in the  EQF Advisory Group on Friday, 6. June 2014. The report was approved and met all 10 referencing criteria..

The referencing of levels is based on a report from 2012. This report was prepared by a working group consisting of a group of stakeholders, which provided suggestions on the referencing of the levels in the NQF to the EQF. In addition, the report presents the self-certification (assessment of compatibility) of the qualifications framework against the Bologna framework (QF-EHEA).

The presentation of the referencing report is the first step in the process of establishing links between the levels in the NQF and the levels in the EQF. This will make it easier to compare Norwegian qualifications with qualifications from other European countries. The Ministry of Education and Research plans to begin the process of adopting the NQF into Norwegian law as a regulation in the course of autumn 2014–spring 2015.

Read the documents that were presented to the  EQF Advisory Group


Placing qualifications from non-formal learning into the National Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (NQF)

In October 2013, the Ministry of Education and Research appointed a committee with the mandate of exploring the possibility of placing qualifications acquired outside the formal education system (non-formal qualifications) into the NQF. The committee presented its report to the Minister of Education and Research on 30 April 2015.

The committee was divided on several issues, such as the assessment of the need for placing non-formal qualifications into the NQF, and how placement should be done. The committee’s report therefore includes two different models, describing alternative approaches and solutions.

The report is in Norwegian only. Download the report here (PDF)