NOKUT's recognition schemes
Recognition of foreign higher education
This is a recognition procedure for persons with higher education acquired abroad.
The education programme is evaluated against the Norwegian degree structure. A recognition leads to a decision that describes the duration of the education programme, the number of credits it is worth and if it is equivalent to a Norwegian bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD. The recognition does not say anything about the academic content of the education programme.
Recognition of higher education is voluntary, and is intended as an aid for those who wish to enter the Norwegian job market.
Recognition Procedure for Persons without Verifiable Documentation (UVD-procedure)
This is a recognition procedure for persons with documentation that cannot be verified. The applicant will be referred to this procedure if NOKUT has made a decision that the higher education qualification from abroad cannot be granted general recognition due to unverifiable documentation.
NOKUT's Qualifications Assessment
This Assessment contains information about the applicant’s highest completed qualification, work experience and language proficiency. The document contains information on the documentation that formed the basis for the individual assessment. The Assessment is valid for a limited time, and has a validity of three years from the date of issue.
NOKUT's Qualifications Assessment is not a legal binding document, but a standardized statement from NOKUT, which contains relevant information in connection with admission to further studies and job applications etc.
NOKUT's turbo evaluations
NOKUT has two turbo evaluations. One is aimed at employers who have job seekers with foreign higher education. The other assists the universities and university colleges with the assessment of applicants' foreign higher education in connection with PhD admission.
Recognition of professional qualifications: teachers in school and kindergarten with foreign higher education
In order to obtain a permanent position as a teacher, you must be recognised as a qualified teacher. Kindergarten teachers must be recognised as a head of kindergarten and an educational supervisor to obtain a permanent position in kindergarten.
Starting 1 January 2020, NOKUT will be responsible for the recognition of teacher qualifications of individuals who have foreign higher education. Starting that date you will find information about the documentation requirements and the application process on our website.
If you have an application from the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training that has not been processed, this will automatically be transferred to NOKUT at the turn of the year. You do not need to submit a new application.
Recognition of foreign tertiary vocational education
This is a recognition scheme for persons with a completed foreign tertiary vocational education. It includes an assessment of the education in comparison to the Norwegian education system. The applicant gets an assessment of the level and scope of the education, and what it usually can be used for in the country where it is completed. The assessment is document-based, and does not assess the vocational content of the education.
NOKUT’s recognition of foreign tertiary vocational education is voluntary and is a tool to help job seekers in the Norwegian job market.
Recognition of foreign vocational education and training
NOKUT assesses the scope, level and vocational content of foreign vocational education and training in comparison to a Norwegian craft or journeyman’s certificate. The evaluation does not take into account work experience that was not part of the vocational education and training.
Recognition of vocational education and training means that the applicant's qualification is comparable with a Norwegian craft or journeyman’s certificate.
Recognition is voluntary, and is intended as an aid for those who wish to enter the Norwegian job market by providing information about their qualifications.