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.

Section 7. General approval of foreign tertiary vocational education

"On application from individuals, NOKUT decides whether education from a foreign tertiary vocational college or another vocational education from abroad at the equivalent level, should be granted a general approval so that it, based on its level and scope, can be approved as on a par with accredited tertiary vocational education. The appeals body cannot re-examine NOKUT's assessment of the level and scope of the education in question. The Ministry may issue regulations concerning procedures and opportunity to appeal in cases regarding approval of foreign tertiary vocational education."

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.