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Information in English

The Norwegian Maritime Authority("Sjøfartsdirektoratet") has awarded Norsk Test a.s. a five year contract to manage the Norwegian Boating License ("Båtførerprøven"), starting February 8 2019.

There is an English version of the curriculum for the boating licence.


Requirements for minimum age and boating licence, etc. for masters of recreational craft

When do you need a Båtførerbevis/Boating licence?

You must obtain a Boating License if you plan to operate a boat that is longer than 8 meters or has an engine with more than 25 hp.

You can operate pleasure crafts with lh max. 15 meter (49' 2") with a Boating License. If this applies to you, please contact The Norwegian Maritime Autoriy for information regarding which certificate/license you will need (postmottak@sjofartsdir.no).

I have a foreign boating licence, can I use this licence in Norway?

Norway honors foreign boating licenses, provided that

  • you carry the original license with you,
  • the license includes an English description of the license,
  • you have an English translation of the syllabus covered by your license, and
  • the syllabus covers the curriculum for the Norwegian Boating License. Please don't hesitate to contact us (bat@norsktest.no) or the Norwegian Maritime Authority(post@sdir.no) if you're uncertain about your license.

General information

The exam for boating licence is automated and computerized. Upon passing the exam for boating licence, the boating licence is issued.

The boating licence is required for persons born after January 1st 1980 managing a recreational craft of more than 8 meters, or with more than 25 hp. The boating licence is valid for recreational crafts that has length haul less than 15 meters.

There is no requirement for taking a course. The exam for boating licence can therefore be taken as an external candidate after completion of a self-study. Courses are normally given in Norwegian, but some providers give their courses in English as well. You can ask the provider directly or contact us for help finding courses held in English.

Candidates attend an approved test center to take a boating license test. Contact a test center directly for the next available appointment. We have an overview of approved test centers on our web.

Norsk Test has no record of available exam dates or course places.

The website also lists course centers/providers, online courses, books, requirements for passing and a curriculum list. See our website for more information.