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

Submission of documentation after completing the additional requirements

You don't need to reapply for authorisation when you have completed all additional requirements within the three-year deadline.

When you have completed all the additional requirements within the deadline, you must send documentation to godkjenning@helsedir.no

You must send in the following documentation: 

  • Documentation of completed language requirements (See more information about the language requirement below. The language requirement is an independent requirement that must be documented even if you have completed the additional requirements)
  • Documentation of completed course in Norwegian health services, health legislation and society (Kurs i nasjonale fag) with course in safehandling of medicine for Pharmacist, Medical Practitioners, nurses and dentists
  • Documentation of completed proficiency test for nurses, medical practitioners and dentists

Remember to mark the subject field in your email with your previous case number.

Have you received a decision to complete additional requirements within three years?

Have you previously received a decision with information that you must complete additional requirements within three years before you can be granted a Norwegian authorisation?

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» (passed both oral and written test), and the Norwegian language test by «Kompetanse Norge» (formerly VOX) with B2 on all subtests.

Alternatively, you can document knowledge and skills in Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish on the same level.

You can document the following that is 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 with the Grade 4 or better on both the oral and written part.
  • Exam in level 3 in Norwegian for foreign students at the universities with the Grade C or better on both the oral and written part.
  • 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 in 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 in 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 in Norwegian health services, health legislation and society:

The course is arranged every spring and autumn.

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

Course in safehandling of medicine (Pharmacist, Medical Practitioner, 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.

Exemption from the proficiency test due to professional approval in another Nordic country

The Norwegian Directorate of Health may grant an excemtion from the requirement for the proficiency test for Medical Practitioner, dentists and General Nurse who can document the right to independent professional practice in another Nordic country within the profession.

If you have full professional rights to practice in a Nordic country, it is important that you document this so that the Norwegian Directorate of Health can consider an exemption from the proficiency test.

You must send the documentation that confirms that you have full rights to practice in another Nordic country to godkjenning@helsedir.no
Remember to mark the subject field with your case number.

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.

The proficiency test (General Nurse)

You must complete and pass the proficiency test. The proficiency 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 is arranged by the Høgskolen i Sør-Øst Norge.

The proficiency test (Dentist)

You must complete and pass the proficiency test. The proficiency 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 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.

Extension of the deadline to complete the additional requirements

Upon application, the Norwegian Directorate of Health may extend the deadline to complete the additional requirements by up to one year in the event of a delay due to long-term illness or maternity leave.
An application for extension of the deadline must be documented. Sensitive information should not be sent by email. We therefore request that the application be sent by mail to:

Helsedirektoratet, 
v/Avd. Autorisasjon
Postboks 220, Skøyen 
0213 Oslo

Først publisert: 26.09.2016 Sist faglig oppdatert: 06.01.2022 Se tidligere versjoner