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 and an educational supervisor to obtain a permanent position in kindergarten. 

Information in Norwegian

Before you apply

  • Schools

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

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

    Kindergartens

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

    Most kindergarten teachers hold responsibilities as a head of kindergarten or an 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.

  • 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 and 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. It is sufficient to send only one set of copies of your documentation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Norwegian Competence Centre for Foreign Education (NOKUT) recognises higher qualifications from abroad through their general recognition system. If your qualification is from a country outside the EU/EEA, you must send us a copy of your general recognition document when you apply to us.

    If your qualification is from an EU/EEA member country, you do not need to apply for general recognition.

    Even if you have obtained general recognition from NOKUT, you must still apply for recognition from the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training (Utdanningsdirektoratet) if you are seeking a permanent position either as a teacher or as a head of kindergarten or educational supervisor.

    • You must send us a police certificate from the last two countries you lived in before you came to Norway.
    • The police certificate must not be older than three months when we receive it.
    • You must provide a police certificate regardless of how long you have lived in Norway.
    • We cannot accept a Norwegian police certificate.
  • You should provide references for all relevant work experience. This may benefit the outcome of your application.

    When you apply for recognition as a head of kindergarten and educational supervisor, you must have at least one year of work experience from a Norwegian kindergarten either as an assistant or as a kindergarten teacher. This requirement does not apply if you are a native speaker of Norwegian, Sami, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic or Faroese.

  • NOKUT are establishing a national procedure for the recognition of foreign craft and journeyman's certificates.

    They anticipate that they will open for applications from a certain number of countries and professions in autumn. They will then gradually extend the procedure to other countries and professions.

How to apply

  • The application form is available electronically. Go to the application form.

    • Fill in the application form on your computer.
    • Print out the application form.
    • Sign the form.
    • Attach copies of all required documents.

    As you make your selections on the application form, it will show which documents you must attach to the form.

    Send the application and documents by post to:
    Utdanningsdirektoratet
    Postboks 9359 Grønland
    0135 Oslo 

  • You must send us copies of the following documents:

    • the identification page in your passport
    • diploma
    • transcript or exam review
    • police certificate from abroad that is no older than three months

    You must send us copies of the following documents if any of this applies to you:

    • General recognition from NOKUT if you obtained your qualification in a country outside the EU/EEA. Please enclose all pages of NOKUT's decision.
    • Marriage certificate or a certificate from the public registry if you have changed your name.
    • Diplomas and transcripts of any other qualifications on higher level
    • Work references proving your length of service as a teacher or kindergarten teacher.
    • Authorised translation of any document issued in a language other than Norwegian, English, Danish or Swedish.

    Ordinary copies will suffice. We no longer require certified copies.

  • No language requirement for teachers

    If you apply for recognition as a teacher, you do not need to prove your skills in the Norwegian language. Your employer will consider this before you are employed as a teacher.

    Language requirement for head of kindergarten / educational supervisor and mother tongue teachers

    You must demonstrate proficiency in the Norwegian language to at least level B2 according to the Common European Framework. This requirement does not apply if you are a native speaker of Norwegian, Sami, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic or Faroese.

    You must pass one of these four language tests to prove your Norwegian proficiency. Please note that "Norskprøve 3" is not a sufficient level.

    • Norwegian in Upper Secondary School after at least 393 hours of tuition .
    • 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 Vox, with the passing result of B2 on all four test parts.

    Five years of relevant work experience in Norway may also fulfil our requirement for Norwegian proficiency.

  • If your documents are not in Norwegian, English, Danish or Swedish, you must have them translated by an authorised translator. You may use authorised translators in other countries.

    Please send us copies of both the original document and of the authorised translation.

    List of authorised translators in Norway.

    There is no authorised translator in Norway in a specific language

    If there is no authorised translator in a given language, you may use a translator without authorisation.

    Exception for police certificates

    We do not require a translation of police certificates from Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and Poland.

What happens next?

  • Applications with all necessary documents attached are processed faster than applications where we must request further documentation.

    Once you have sent us the application we will go through your file and give you a response within one month.

    You will receive our decision no later than four months after we have received a complete application.

  • You will receive our decision on your application by post. The decision is written in Norwegian only. It is approved electronically and therefore bears no signature. You will receive one of the following three decisions:

    Recognition

    You may seek permanent positions within your profession.

    Rejection

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

    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 information on how to proceed.

  • 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 http://www.udi.no/en/ 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.

  • If you believe that we have made a mistake in our decision, you may submit an appeal within three weeks. It is important that you explain what you believe is wrong. You may also support your appeal with further documentation. We will then reconsider your case.

    If we uphold our decision, we will send the appeal to the Ministry of Education for final consideration.

  • Please note that the English versions of the acts may not be up to date. The regulations are only available in Norwegian.

    Recognition of teachers is regulated by the Education Act (LOV-1998-07-17-61) and the Regulations based on the Education Act (FOR 2006-06-23 nr 724).

    Recognition of head of kindergarten and educational supervisor is regulated by the Kindergarten Act and the regulations of this (FOR 2008-09-12 nr 1071).

    The directive regarding recognition of professional qualifications is available here.

    The Public Administration Act regulates public administration and case handling in general.

  • We process all cases in writing. We are able to answer questions by mail and telephone.

    Telephone: 23 30 12 00

    E-mail: post@utdanningsdirektoratet.no

    Postal address:
    Utdanningsdirektoratet
    Postboks 9359 Grønland
    0135 Oslo

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