– The new recognition procedure is to ensure that persons with vocational education and training from abroad will get their qualifications recognized, and that employers in Norway understand the foreign qualifications that their employees bring with them. This is something that social partners have been requesting for a long time, says NOKUT’s Director General Terje Mørland.
Currently there is no formal recognition procedure for foreign craft and journeyman’s certificates unless they are part of a regulated profession. The new recognition procedure includes carpenter, meat cutter, hairdresser, plumber and concrete industrial worker.
New law on 1 July
The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research has given NOKUT the mandate to establish and manage the new procedure. This responsibility has been formalized through changes in the Education Act, which came into effect on 1 July.
Recognition includes a verification of documentation, recognition of level and extent as well as professional content. The recognized qualification will be considered equivalent to the corresponding Norwegian craft or journeyman’s certificate.
Procedure is relevant for labour market
NOKUT is working with the Ministry for Education and Research as well as the social partners to ensure that we can successfully implement the new recognition procedure.
– We believe that many job seekers will make use of this particular recognition, and NOKUT is aiming for a procedure of high relevance for the labour market. To have the social partners on board is therefore essential. They also play a central role in developing the terms for recognition in line with the legislation, says Mørland.
Expectedly, the new recognition procedure will take effect within October 2016.
- This scheme is the first national recognition procedure for foreign craft and journeyman’s certificates.
- Foreign craft and journeyman’s certificates will be recognized as equivalent to Norwegian craft and journeyman’s certificates.
- Recognition will be a legally binding decision with possibility to appeal.
- Professional qualifications included in the new recognition scheme are carpenter, meat cutter, hairdresser, plumber and concrete industrial worker. These are on the level of secondary education and correspond to Level 4A of the Norwegian Qualifications Framework.
- Germany and Poland are selected because of their vocational education and training systems, and Germany has moreover a recognition scheme for foreign vocational education and training.
- Recognition will be expanded to other countries and craft and journeyman’s certificates in non-regulated professions.