Skill level: 3

Painting is a work-related study program at the secondary school level. This entails that students acquire the understanding, knowledge and skills required to deal with all common work aspects, from assessing the condition of a surface to achieving the desired finish. Also implementing various specialized tasks such as spackling buildings, decorative painting, sign making and implementations of older crafts such as painting marble and wood models. It is possible to have skills acquired in the labour market evaluated.
Painting 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.


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

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 painting 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.

The first semester covers joint basic studies in construction engineering and civil engineering. 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 or construction technology. It is also possible to complete additional studies for a matriculation examination.

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