Section 9-1. Requirements for professional qualifications for nationals of other EEA countries or Switzerland who intend to set up business in Norway and use work equipment
Nationals of other EEA countries or Switzerland who intend to set up business in Norway and use work equipment as mentioned in Section 10-3 of the Regulations concerning the Performance of Work must apply for a permit from the Labour Inspection Authority before starting up such work. A permit is granted if the applicant presents:
-proof of nationality;
-a certificate of competence or other proof of qualifications required to use the work equipment concerned in another EEA country or Switzerland.
A permit shall also be granted to persons who, for two years during the past ten years, have practised the profession full-time in another EEA country or Switzerland where the profession is not regulated by law, provided that they hold one or more certificates of competence or other proof that the applicant is qualified to use the work equipment concerned. The requirement for two years’ practice does not apply if the applicant holds a certificate of competence or proof of qualification from a study programme regulated by law.If the nature of the training that the applicant has completed is materially different than what follows from Section 10-2 of the Regulations concerning the Performance of Work, the applicant must either complete a trial period or take an aptitude test before a permit can be granted. The applicant can choose between a trial period or an aptitude test. The Labour Inspection Authority adopts more detailed guidelines for such aptitude tests and trial periods.The Labour Inspection Authority shall confirm receipt of the application to the applicant and, if necessary, request necessary information within a month of receiving such an application.The application shall be considered as soon as possible, and no later than four months after complete documentation was submitted.If no decision is made by the expiry of the deadline, the matter may be appealed to a superior authority in accordance with the rules set out in Section 18-6 (7) of the Working Environment Act.