Skill level: 3

Meat processing is a work-related study program at the secondary school level. The study program includes increasing the knowledge and skills required for meat processing. This applies to all types of meat processing, from the reception of slaughter products to the finished product, as well as project management, sales and consulting. It is possible to have skills acquired in the labour market evaluated.

Meat processing is a certified profession. The average study period is four years, including vocational training, during which the progress of the workplace studies is recorded in an electronic logbook.


Meat processing has been taught at Menntaskólinn í Kópavogi and Verkmenntaskólinn á Akureyri.


Applicants must have completed compulsory education in accordance with the National Curriculum Guide for Compulsory Schools, see more on the school’s website.

The study program has been partially credit-worthy at the Student Education Fund (Menntasjóður námsmanna). Trade unions often provide scholarships for study. Get more information from your union.


The meat processing study program is divided into general theoretical subjects, specialties and vocational training. The first semester is spent in basic training in the food and restaurant disciplines, after which students specialize in meat processing. The student makes a study agreement with a master in the subject where the internship takes place.

After graduation

After completing studies and vocational training, it is possible to take a journeyman’s examination that entitles you to work in the field as well as admission to studies for a master craftsman’s exam. It is also possible to complete additional studies for a matriculation examination.

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