Skill level: 3

Tailoring is a work-related study program at the secondary school level. The study program involves students gaining understanding, knowledge and skills in specialized sewing, tailoring and other professional work related to men’s clothing.

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


A study program has been available at the Technical College (Tækniskólinn – skóli atvinnulífsins).


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

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


The tailoring study program is divided into general theoretical subjects, specialties and vocational training. Check whether the study program or part of it can be taught in distance learning.

In the first two semesters, students take a basic study program in clothing disciplines, and in the next two, they complete clothing technology, which is a two-year internship in total, after which they specialize in tailoring. 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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