Validation of prior learning

The Norwegian concept of «realkompetanse» refers to all types of prior learning – formal, non-formal and informal.

Prior learning comprises all the competence a person has acquired through paid or unpaid work, in-service training, continuing education, leisure activities in addition to the competence documented through basic education and training.

The importance of guaranteeing the right of the individual to such validation is reflected in key legislation and national strategies.

The Norwegian validation system is based on shared principles in all sectors; among others that the validation process should be voluntary and beneficial for the individual. The opportunities, rights and benefits related to the validation process are promoted by various stakeholders locally and nationally. 

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