If you have a foreign education or professional qualification and wish to practice your profession in Norway, you generally need approval or authorisation. You will find information about documentation requirements, the application process and regulations here. The competent authority will assess whether you meet the requirements to practice the profession and use the professional title in Norway. If you intend to establish in Norway and work permanently in your chosen profession, the rules below apply to you. However, if you wish to work in Norway for shorter periods of time within your chosen profession, the rules for temporary provision of services apply.

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Applications can only be submitted by the professional/individual. Please submit your application with attachments to the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway by using the application link above. Alternatively, the application can be sent to the Financial Supervisory Authority.

Documentation requirements for application upon establishment:

Applicants with evidence of formal qualifications from another EEA state where the profession is regulated:

Confirmation of permit from the home state (evidence of professional qualifications).

  • Diploma, including a transcript of grades.
  • If relevant, certificate of employment documenting relevant practice.
  • Transcript of police records

Permit based on a law degree taken abroad:

  • Documentation of a law degree including information that the degree is recognised as equivalent to a Master of Laws or an equivalent law degree.
  • Documentation of two years of practice

Permit based on a foreign licence to practise law:

  • Documentation that the applicant holds a licence to practice law in his/her home state and is authorised to practice law in Norway by the Supervisory Council for Legal Practice

Applicants with professional qualifications from EEA states where the profession is not regulated:

  • Evidence of professional qualifications, including certificate of employment. documenting at least one year of practice as a Debt Collector.
  • Transcript of police records

Documentation requirements for temporary/occasional provision of service:

  • Proof of identity and nationality
  • Confirmation that the professional is legally established in another EEA state or Switzerland and has the right to work in that state
  • Evidence of professional qualifications
  • If neither education nor the profession is regulated in the establishment state: confirmation that the professional has worked for a minimum of one year within the last ten years in the establishment state
  • Description of the duration, frequency, regularity, and continuity of the provision of service
  • Insurance/security in accordance with the Real Estate Agency Act § 2-7


Documents that are not in English, Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish must be translated into English or Norwegian.

Language requirements:

No, there are no language proficiency requirements for approval. The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway ut the competent authority may require proof of sufficient Norwegian language knowledge necessary for practicing the profession.

Criteria/conditions for recognition:

If you acquired your professional qualifications in an EEA country or Switzerland, you may have the right to have your application processed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Act and Regulations on the approval of professional qualifications. In addition, there are national regulations related to the practice of the profession as stipulated in the Norwegian Real Estate Agency Act.

Aptitude test:

The content of an education taken abroad will normally differ considerably from the education required in Norway in the fields of law, real estate practice and completion of tasks. Applicants are therefore normally required to take an aptitude test.

Case processing deadlines:


The competent authority must acknowledge receipt of your application within one month of receiving it and inform you of any missing or incomplete documentation.

Following the submission of a complete application, the competent authority should complete processing your application within three months.

Temporary/occasional provision of service:

You must send a prior notification to the competent authority before you practice the profession.


The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway does not charge a fee for processing applications for recognition.

Right of appeal:

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the decision, you may appeal in writing, pursuant to Chapter VI of the Public Administration Act. If your application is processed in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Act, the right of appeal also applies if the competent authority has exceeded the case processing deadlines (see Case processing deadlines above).

Competent authority

The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway
P.O. Box 1187 Sentrum,
NO-0107 Oslo

E-mail: post@finanstilsynet.no
Phone: (+47) 22 93 98 00

Office address: Revierstredet 3, 0151 Oslo

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