Hi I just found out some info about registration.
Conditions of authorisation and licence
For general nurses there are two normal situations in respect of application for licence or authorisation:
1. Authorisation: Authorisation is granted to applicants who have successfully completed their nurses' training. The conditions for authorisation can be found under Norwegian Health Personell Act Section 48.
2. Licence: a licence represents permission to work as a general nurse, but under certain conditions. The validity of a licence can be restricted in terms of duration, locality, specific tasks, etc. and can only be granted after a concrete assessment of whether the licencee is deemed capable of practising her/his profession responsibly. A licence may after a specific assessment be granted to general nurses with qualifications granted outside the EEA (see below) and to specialist nurses with professional education/training at college/university level, who do not have general nursing as part of their training corresponding to Norwegian basic nursing training, and who must consequently confine their professional practice to their field of specialisation. A licence may also be awarded to a general nurse who has earlier had her/his national authorisation withdrawn, but who is in process of regaining acceptability.
Applicants with education/training and possible authorisation as general nurse obtained in an EEA country
Norway has through the EEA Accords and a special Nordic Agreement (not translated into English) entered into an agreement mutually to recognise authorisation granted by other Nordic countries. In such cases, no investigation is made as to whether the qualifications are commensurable with Norwegian qualifications. Other EEA citizens are granted authorisation if the applicant can present the diploma or other documentary evidence as mentioned in Council Directive 77/452/EEC and 77/453/EEC (with subsequent amendments). The Regulations have been incorporated in a special EEA Regulation of 21 December 2000.
Applicants with other foreign nursing qualifications
For applicants with nursing qualifications from countries outside the EEA, authorisation pursuant to either of two regulations (Health Personnel Act, section 48, subsection 3a or 3c) can be granted. In the first, the conditions of authorisation are that the applicant's education/ training is acknowledged as commensurate with the corresponding Norwegian qualification (Health Personnel Act, section 48, subsection 3a). It is a condition that the applicant's education/training was at college/university level. The assessment is based on a comparison of the applicant's documented education/training with the curriculum for Norwegian general nurses' training. Depending on the nature and extent of possible deviation from, or inadequacy in relation to, Norwegian general nurses' training, the applicant may be required to undergo supplementary training in Norway to compensate for deficiencies so that the training, seen as a whole, can be acknowledged as of equal quality. Which courses/practice may have to be undergone will appear from rulings by the Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel (SAFH).
Should the applicant have undergone relevant further training and/or professional nursing experience, the application may (as alternative to section 48, subsection 3a) be assessed in relation to the regulation concerning requisite skills (Health Personnel Act, section 48, subsection3c). Here the condition is that the documented basic training, further and advanced training and professional experience, cumulatively equip the applicant with the necessary nursing skills. It is therefore important in all cases to submit documentation of advanced training and professional experience (see Guidelines to application form).
In some cases, external consultants advise SAFH on what ruling to make. An adviser does not make the final decision, but provides professional counsel which may influence SAFH in its handling of the case. Only when the foreign professional qualification has been evaluated will the decision be made as to whether authorisation or licence should be granted.
SAFH draws applicants' attention to the requirement that all nurses educated/trained outside the EEA must take a course in Norwegian national subjects (National Insurance Regulations, etc.) in order to be granted authorisation as general nurses in Norway.
Should the applicant be eligible for authorisation when Norwegian national courses and possible other training have been completed, SAFH can grant a nursing licence (Health Personnel Act, section 49). The licence may contain certain restrictions following an individual evaluation in each case. The licence will be of sufficient duration to make it possible for the candidate to make good what had been lacking before the licence expires. When training courses have been undergone and requirements in terms of practice (if any) have been met, authorisation may be applied for once more.
SAFH does not require applicants to be conversant with the Norwegian language in order to have an application for authorisation or licence processed. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure that health personnel have sufficient command of Norwegian to be able to perform their professional duties satisfactorily.
SAFH does not require that residence- and work permits are in order before processing applications for authorisation or licence. It is the responsibility of the applicant to see to this her-/himself by contacting a Norwegian embassy, consulate or other official representative. Information is to be found on the Directorate of Immigration (UDI)'s website, see under Immigration/ Specialists.
ApplicationApplications on formal application form are submitted to SAFH. http://www.safh.no/english/index.html
I hope that this can help a bit, good luck.