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Recognition of foreign vocational education and training

This recognition procedure is for applicants who can document completed vocational education and training from abroad.

As part of the recognition procedure, a panel of experts evaluates your vocational qualification. The evaluation does not take into account work experience that was not part of your vocational education and training. Recognition of your craft or journeyman’s certificate means that your qualification is comparable with a Norwegian craft or journeyman’s certificate. Recognition is voluntary, and intended to assist you on the Norwegian job market by providing information about your qualification.

NB! NOKUT does not issue Norwegian craft or journeyman certificates. We do not evaluate foreign master craftsperson certificates.

NOKUT accepts applications for recognition of craft and journeyman’s certificates from Poland and Germany in the following qualifications:

  • Bricklayer
  • Butcher
  • Cabinet maker
  • Carpenter
  • Glazier
  • Hairdresser
  • Industrial concrete worker
  • Industrial machinery mechanic
  • Meat cutter
  • Painter/decorator
  • Retail butcher
  • Plumber
  • Sausage maker
  • Upholsterer
  • Wood products carpenter

The recognition procedure will gradually include more countries and qualifications. Please see our website for information.

Apply for recognition of foreign vocational education and training

What if NOKUT cannot recognize my vocational education and training?

If you cannot get recognition of your foreign qualification, you can achieve an equivalent craft and journeyman’s certificate through Norwegian vocational education and training. Read more about other recognition procedures.

NOKUT assesses foreign vocational education and training in comparison to a specific Norwegian vocational qualification. Please note that content of your vocational education and training determines which Norwegian craft and journeyman’s certificate(s) we can assess and compare your qualification to. We will inform you if we find that your qualification should be assessed in relation to one or more other Norwegian vocational qualifications.

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You can find more information about recognition of foreign vocational education and training on the page for Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question there, please contact us.