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Implementation of the national qualifications framework in Norway

This section gives you information about how the NQF has been implemented in formal recognised education and training in the Norwegian education and training system.

The NQF gives a description of the formal Norwegian education and training system. The NQF levels are formulated on the basis of what a person know, can do, and is capable of doing as a result of a learning process. The outcomes of the completed learning process are described in the categories “knowledge”, “skills” and “general competences”. The NQF also gives an overview of included degrees, diplomas, certificates, craft or journeyman’s certificates and documents of skill.

The NQF is a national overarching qualifications framework. Study programs and subject related learning outcomes descriptions are written in syllabics and curricula’s.

The NQF is a tool for easier understanding of the:

  • correlation between the levels of qualifications in the educational system
  • difference between the learning outcomes at the various levels in the NQF
  • different paths to achieve a qualification through education

How to use the Norwegian qualifications framework

The Norwegian Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (NQF) can be used as a support to:

  • improve communication between the educational sector and the labour market
  • offer a superior description of what a pupil/-apprentice/-candidate is expected to know, understand and be able to do after successful completion of learning
  • describe the workings of the Norwegian system in a new manner, which will pave the way for improved education and career guidance
  • facilitate the comparison of qualifications from other countries, via the EQF and the QF-EHEA
  • open the way for the development of new instruments for validation of competencies achieved outside the formal educational system