Recognition of teacher qualifications – school and kindergarten

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/educational supervisor to obtain a permanent position in kindergarten.

Follow our application guide:

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Find information about:

  • Which professions do we recognise?
  • Which recognition should you apply for?
  • Working as a kindergarten teacher without recognition
  • Practical Pedagogical Education (PPU)
  • Did you apply for recognition from the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training in 2019 and are waiting for an answer?

Which professions do we recognise?

Schools

We recognise teachers who seek permanent positions in primary schools or lower and upper secondary schools.

We also recognise Steiner Waldorf school teachers seeking employment in Norwegian schools.

Kindergartens

Kindergarten teachers seeking permanent work in a Norwegian kindergarten must obtain status as a head of kindergarten/educational supervisor. We do not give recognitions for the title "kindergarten teacher".

Most kindergarten teachers hold responsibilities as a head of kindergarten/educational supervisor, and must therefore obtain this status.

We do not recognise

  • special education teachers without a regular teacher qualification
  • assistants (in kindergartens, schools and after-school programmes)
  • speech therapists
  • leisure educators
  • lecturers in higher education

Norwegian qualification as a teacher or kindergarten teacher abroad

We provide confirmations to teachers and kindergarten teachers educated in Norway seeking recognition in another country.


Which recognition should you apply for?

You must apply for recognition within your profession from abroad.

You must be a teacher in order to be recognised as one. If you want to obtain recognition as head of kindergarten/educational supervisor, you must have qualified as a kindergarten teacher abroad.

Are you qualified both as a teacher and as a kindergarten teacher?
If so, you may apply for both recognitions. Please fill in both application forms.


Working as a kindergarten teacher without recognition

In some cases you may work as a kindergarten teacher without recognition.

This applies if

  • The kindergarten already has the required number of educational supervisors and your position comes in addition to these.

or

  • The kindergarten has received dispensation from the qualification requirement from the local authorities.

Please contact your employer to find out if this applies to you, or if you must apply for recognition as head of kindergarten and educational supervisor.


Practical Pedagogical Education (PPU)

If you have completed your teacher training in Norway, e.g. Practical Pedagogical Education (praktisk-pedagogisk utdanning), you do not need to obtain recognition from us.

This applies even if your bachelor or master degree is from abroad. The Norwegian higher education institution assessed your foreign qualifications when you were accepted as a student.

Teachers recognised by us have the necessary pedagogical competencies, and therefore do not need to take the PPU in Norway.


Did you apply for recognition from the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training in 2019 and are waiting for an answer?

Applications that were submitted to the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training and were not processed before the move, have been automatically transferred to NOKUT. In other words: if you have already applied for recognition to the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, you do not need to submit a new application.

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Find information about:

  • Application
  • Translations
  • General documentation requirements
  • Professional experience
  • Language requirements
  • Specific documentation requirements for some countries

Application

Complete your application online through the NOKUT applicant portal.

Log in to the applicant portal

Log in or register using ID-porten

If you have a Norwegian personal ID number (fødselsnummer), you can choose between various electronic ID alternatives in order to log in, such as MinID or BankID. Please see more information here

If you do not have a Norwegian personal ID number, you must select the login option Proceed to alternative log-in methods. Please select Register new user and fill inn your email address and a chosen password.

We do not recommend using D-number when logging in. 

Upload electronically scanned documents

Once you have logged in or registered as a new user, you will be able to start filling out the application. There are various documentation requirements for the educational professions, and you will find information about which documents you need to upload in the application portal.

In some cases, it is necessary to have certain official academic transcripts sent directly to NOKUT by the educational institution. If this applies to you, we will notify you in the application portal. You can also find more information about this below (under Specific documentation requirements for some countries).

Please scan the required documents to PDF files. Select a descriptive document title for each document, such as "Diploma in original language". This will help NOKUT to understand the content of the documents written in other languages.

If a document contains multiple pages, please scan all the pages and save it as one document/attachment. For more information, see Guidelines for uploading documents.


Translations

Documents issued in a different language than English or one of the Nordic languages must be translated into Norwegian or English. NOKUT requires that you send in your documents in both the original language and translations of the documents into Norwegian or English. 

NOKUT accepts the following:

  • Translations done by a government authorised translator. You can find authorised translators in Norway through Translatørportalen , website of the Association of Government Authorized Translators in Norway.  
  • Translations done by other professional translators in Norway or abroad,Tolketjenesten, embassies, etc. You can find translators operating in Norway by searching the The Brønnøysund Register Service.
  • Documents issued in English by the university at which you studied or received your degree.
  • Are your documents issued in Icelandic and Finnish? If the answer is yes, we recommend that you translate them into Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. This will ensure faster processing of your application.

NOKUT does not require that translated documents have an apostille.

The name of the translator must be apparent on the translation. If the submitted translations are not good enough, NOKUT reserves the right to ask for new translations.

NOKUT does not accept translations done by yourself or other private persons.


General documentation requirements

Here you will find information regarding the general documentation requirements for recognition of your profession.

In addition to the general documentation requirements, we have specific documentation requirements for some countries. In some cases, we require that documents have an apostille stamp or that official academic transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope directly to NOKUT by the institution. You can read more about this under Specific documentation requirements for some countries.

Teacher and first language teacher

If you wish to apply for recognition as a teacher in Norway, you must submit the following documents: 

  • A valid identity document that contains your full name, date of birth and photography. 
  • If applicable, proof of name change, such as marriage certificate 
  • Your education diploma, transcript and diploma supplement in the original language 
  • Relevant work references in the original language 
  • Translations of all documents not issued in Norwegian or a Nordic language 

Your documents must clearly state that you can work as a teacher. If not, please attach a confirmation from the education authorities in the country where you completed your education.

Please note that we sometimes need to request additional documentation.

Language requirement for first language teachers
If you have completed your education in a country outside the EU/EEA, you must meet the Norwegian language requirement to be recognised as a first language teacher. You can read more about documentation of Norwegian language proficiency under Language requirement.

Head of kindergarten/educational supervisor in kindergarten

If you wish to apply for recognition as a head of kindergarten/educational supervisor in Norway, you must submit the following documents:

  • A valid identity document that contains your full name, date of birth and photography. 
  • If applicable, proof of name change, such as marriage certificate 
  • Your education diploma, transcript and diploma supplement in the original language 
  • Relevant work references from kindergarten in the original language  
  • Translations of all documents not issued in Norwegian or a Nordic language

Your documents must clearly state that you can work as a teacher. If not, please attach a confirmation from the education authorities in the country where you completed your education.

Please note that we sometimes need to request additional documentation.

Work experience requirement from Norwegian kindergartens
Applicants need to document at least one year of working experience in a Norwegian kindergarten to be recognised as head of kindergarten/educational supervisor in kindergarten. If you are a kindergarten teacher from a Nordic country, you are exempted from this requirement.


Professional experience

You should provide references for all relevant work experience, including experience from abroad. This may benefit the outcome of your application.


Language requirements

Language requirement for teachers and head of kindergarten / educational supervisor in kindergarten

You do not have to meet the Norwegian language requirement to be recognized as a teacher or head of kindergarten / educational supervisor in kindergarten in Norway. Your employer will consider your skills in Norwegian before you are employed.

Language requirement for first language teachers

You must meet the Norwegian language requirement to be recognized as a first language teacher in Norway. This requirement does not apply to you if you have a right to perform your profession under the "Professional Qualifications Act" (yrkeskvalifikasjonsloven).

You may meet the Norwegian language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Norwegian (393 hours, third-year level) from Norwegian upper secondary school.
  • Level 3 on the Introductory Programme for Foreign Students at the Universities.
  • One-Year Programme in Norwegian Language and Civilization for Foreign Students.
  • Test of Norwegian – Advanced Level, written test, with a minimum score of 450 points or a pass grade after 2009.
  • Norwegian language test for immigrants by Kompetanse Norge (previously VOX), with the passing result of B2 on all four test parts.
  • Five years of relevant work experience in Norway may also meet our requirement for Norwegian language proficiency.

Specific documentation requirements for some countries

Transcripts sent directly to NOKUT

NOKUT requires that official academic transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope directly to NOKUT by the institution in certain countries. Please see if this applies to you in the list below.

  • Cameroun
  • Canada 
  • Eritrea
  • Etiopia
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Nigeria
  • Philippines 
  • South Sudan  
  • Sudan
  • Taiwan
  • USA 

You can ask your institution if they can send your transcripts directly to NOKUT by mail to one of the following addresses:

For regular mail:
Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT)
P.O. Box 578
N–1327 Lysaker Norway

For DHL, UPS and other international courier, parcel and express mail services:
Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT)
Drammensveien 288
N-0283 Oslo Norway

You can also use the International Transcript Request Form (pdf) to have your transcript of records sent directly to NOKUT from the educational institution.

Apostilles and verification

NOKUT requires that documents on higher education from certain countries are apostilled or have attestation. The apostille serves as verification of the authencity of the documents. Please see if this applies to you in the list below.

  • China – Degree Certificate must be verified by China Academic Degree & Graduate Education Information Centre (CDGDC). Graduation Certificate and transcripts must be verified through China Higher-Education Student Information (CHSI). 
  • Iran – You need copies of the translation to English of your diploma / degree certificate and transcript of academic records done by Official Translators of the Justice Administration in Iran.
  • Pakistan – Documents from higher education must have HEC attestation. 
  • Russia - Higher educational documents issued after 2011 need to be apostilled under the current rules set by Rosobrnadzor.
  • Ukraine – Documents need to be apostilled by the Information and Image Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

For more information about the documentation requirements for the countries above, please select your country here:

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Find information about:

  • Processing time
  • The decision
  • What will employers consider?
  • Contact us

Processing time

The average time for processing an application is about 4 months, provided you have submitted all required documentation. You will be notified if the processing time exceeds four months.

We will notify you about the status of your application

  1. When you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email including your case number.
  2. Within one month: If you have submitted all the required documentation, you will receive a confirmation email stating whether or not your application is complete. If NOKUT needs any additional documents or information, we will contact you by email. If NOKUT has not received the required documentation within the deadline, your application will be cancelled.  

Do you have questions?

You can find most answers to your questions on our website, www.nokut.no. If you do not find the information you need on our website, please contact us by e-mail and include your NOKUT case number. You can find your case number in the confirmation e-mail you received from NOKUT after submitting your application.

How do you know if the application has been processed?

When NOKUT has finalized the evaluation of your application, we will notify you by mail. You will find the decision letter in your digital mailbox and in the applicant portal (under “Document overview”).


The decision

The decision letter will be issued in Norwegian only. The letter is electronically signed.

You will receive one of the following outcomes:

Recognition
You can apply for a permanent position within your profession.

Compensation measures
You hold a qualification from a country within the EU/EEA which does not fulfil our requirements, and you must therefore complete an aptitude test or a probation period in order to be recognised.

You will receive more information in the decision letter.

Rejection
You do not meet the requirements for recognition, but we will let you know what you should do in order to qualify.

Cancellation
You have not submitted the required documentation within the deadline, and we can therefore not process your application. Your application may also be cancelled if you have applied to the incorrect authority.


What will employers consider?

Salary and job title
The employer will decide your salary and job title.

Residence permit
It is the responsibility of your employer to consider your residence permit. See The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration for further information.

Norwegian police certificate
You must provide a Norwegian police certificate every time you take up employment in a Norwegian school or kindergarten.


Contact us

Do you have general questions?

You can contact us by email or telephone.

Telephone: + 47 21 02 18 60 (Monday and Tuesday 12–15)
Email: utland@nokut.no

Do you have questions regarding your application?

Please send us an email.

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