Criteria for recognition of foreign tertiary vocational education

Legal basis for the recognition of foreign tertiary vocational education

Recognition of foreign tertiary vocational education as comparable to accredited Norwegian tertiary vocational education is regulated by the Act relating to Tertiary Vocational Education (fagskoleloven) and regulations on tertiary vocational education (fagskoleforskriften) Chapter 9.

General recognition of foreign tertiary vocation education is outlined in section 7:

NOKUT decides on the basis of individual applications if foreign tertiary vocational education shall be recognized as comparable in level and scope to accredited Norwegian tertiary vocational education (fagskoleutdanning). NOKUT's assessment of the level and scope of the education cannot be overruled by the appeals authority. The Ministry of Education and Research may give regulations on proceeding and right to appeal in cases concerning the recognition of foreign tertiary vocational education. (translated by NOKUT)

A general recognition in accordance with section 7 in the Act relating to Tertiary Vocational Education does not grant rights where Norwegian law or regulation requires authorization, certification or approval for professional practice. Regulated professions requires another form of recognition. Check the list of regulated professions in Norway.

NOKUT’s recognition is an individual decision and may be appealed against, in accordance with section 28 of the Act relating to procedure in cases concerning the public administration (Public Administration Act).

Criteria for recognition

NOKUT uses the following criteria to decide whether or not to recognise your foreign tertiary vocational education:

  1. The education must be sufficiently documented by the school or education authorities in the country where it was achieved. Information about the required documentation will be available on NOKUT’s website, the applicant portal and guidelines. The education must be completed at the time of application.
  2. The education must be at the same level as accredited Norwegian tertiary vocational education (fagskoleutdanning). To assess whether a foreign education is at the same level as Norwegian tertiary vocational education, the education system in the country where the education was achieved, is compared to the Norwegian education system. The education must be on a level above upper secondary education, or equivalent prior learning. The education must provide competence that can be used in the labour market in the country where it was achieved, without further training.
  3. The education must have a content and scope equivalent to at least half a year.
  4. The education is normally recognized on the basis that one year of nominal study time in the country where the education was achieved, is equivalent to one year of nominal study time in Norway.