Language requirements. Course on Norwegian health services, health legislation and society. Course in safehandling of medicine. The medical proficiency test

If you have an education from outside the EU/EEA you will be subject to additional requirements before authorisation can be granted

We advise you to read the information carefully before you apply for authorisation. Then you will be familiar with the requierements of language levels and courses before you start the application process.

  • Step 1: Applicants whose qualifications are considered equivalent, or otherwise has proven to possess the necessary skills, will receive a confirmation that they can proceed with their application for step 2.
  • Step 2: You must provide documentation that states you have completed and passed all additional requirements. The right to authorisation will be attained when all additional requirements are completed and passed. 

The order and deadline for additional requirements

  • The order for implementation: Language requirements must be completed in order to be eligible for admission to the other requirements. There are no requirements for the order in which the other additional requirements are implemented. We recommend that you start your Norwegian training before applying for authorisation. For some of you, three years may be short time to learn Norwegian at the level required, especially for those who do not have previous knowledge of Norwegian language at the time of application.
  • The deadline for implementation: Additional requirements must be made during a period of three years from when the education is considered equal or otherwise has proven to possess the necessary skills. You have in total three attempts to complete and pass each course, and if necessary, a proficiency test.
  • The costs for implementing additional requirements: The costs of the courses and tests is to be covered by the applicant

Language requirements

You must pass an approved Norwegian test at level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference of languages (CEFR) to be granted authorisation in Norway. Approved language tests that can be measured as level B2 language skills is «Test in Norwegian-higher level» (Norwegian: Test i norsk – høyere nivå) Also called «Bergenstesten» (both oral and written test), and the Norwegian language test by «Kompetanse Norge» (formerly VOX)

Alternatively, you can document knowledge and skills in Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish on the same level. If you have documentation for the following that will be equivalent to the Norwegian test on B2 level:

  • Exam in Norwegian or Norwegian as a second language at the VG3 level (393 hours) in a Norwegian Upper secondary school.
  • Exam in level 3 in Norwegian for foreign students at the universities with the Grade C or better
  • Completed and passed program in Higher Education with minimum 60 credits in Norwegian Language and Social studies for foreign students with the Grade C or better
  • Completed and passed all Years in a Norwegian 9-Year or 10-Year Lower secondary school
  • Completed and passed Norwegian A or Norwegian B on the lowest level (standard level) from International Baccalaureate (IB) with the Grade 3 or better

Course Fees:  A written test costs about NOK 2400 and an oral test costs about NOK 1000.

Course on Norwegian health services, health legislation and society (Kurs i nasjonale fag)

You must complete and pass «Kurs i nasjonale fag». The course content provides you knowledge on Norwegian health and care services, health, social security and social rights, cultural understanding, and national focus areas.

The Norwegian Directorate of health has signed an agreement with following supplier of courses on Norwegian health services, health legislation and society:

The course is organized every spring and autumn.

If you have already accomplished the course, you must enclose the course certificate when you apply for authorisation.

Course fee: About NOK 13 100.

Course in safehandling of medicine (Pharmacist, Medical Practiotioner, General Nurse, Dentist)

You must complete and pass the course in safehandling of medicine. The course in safehandling of medicine contains regulations on pharmaceuticals and requisition law, drug handling and medication calculation. The course will be set in conjunction with the national course.

The medical proficiency test (Health Care Worker)

You must complete and pass the medical proficiency test. The medical test is a practical and oral test that measures whether you have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for working in the Norwegian health care system.

The proficiency test for Health Care Worker is arranged by the Folkeuniversitetet. The proficiency test will be available during the spring and during the autumn semester.

Course fee: About NOK 7 000.

The medical proficiency test (Medical Practitioner)

You must complete and pass the medical proficiency test. The medical test is a practical and oral test that measures whether you have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for working in the Norwegian health care system.

The medical proficiency test is arranged by the University of Oslo and the course duration is two days. The proficiency test will be available during the spring and during the autumn semester.

Course fee: About NOK 49 000.

The medical proficiency test (General Nurse)

You must complete and pass the medical proficiency test. The medical test is a practical and oral test that measures whether you have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for working in the Norwegian health care system.

The medical proficiency test is arranged by the Høgskolen i Sør-Øst Norge.

Course fee: About NOK 9 000.

The medical proficiency test (Dentist)

You must complete and pass the medical proficiency test. The medical test is a practical and oral test that measures whether you have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for working in the Norwegian health care system.

The medical proficiency test is arranged by the University of Oslo. The course duration is two days. The proficiency test will be available during the spring and during the autumn semester.

Course fee: About NOK 28 000.


Information about the changes to the Norwegian approval scheme for applicants with an education completed outside the EEA area from 1 January 2017

From 1.1.2017, additional requirements were introduced for applicants with an education completed outside the EEA area. Healthcare professionals who applied for authorization after December 31. 2016, are required to meet the new additional requirements unless they are subject to the transitional agreement. The transitional agreement includes the following two groups of applicants:

• Applicants who submitted an application for authorization in 2015 or 2016, and who received their qualifications approved only with requirements for completion of courses in national subjects (Kurs i nasjonale fag). These applicants were not met with additional requirements if they completed the course and apply for authorization again by 31 December 2017.

• Applicants who had applied for an authorization before 1 January 2017, and who received a decision to carry out practice or supplementary education. These applicants were not met with further additional requirements if they completed the supplementary education and / or practice and further submitted a new application for authorization by 31 December 2017. The course on Norwegian health services, health legislation and society must be documented for applications for authorisation as medical practitioner, dentist, nurse or pharmacist. 

Først publisert: 26.09.2016 Sist endret: 25.06.2019