Food technology

Skill level: 3

Food technology is vocational training program at secondary school level and takes place at school and in the workplace. The main goal of the program is for students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to deal with the requirements of health institutions and canteens regarding the cooking of food for special diets, as well as healthy and nutritious food in general. Students make plans, ordering lists and task lists, put together menus for different groups and work according to quality standards regarding hygiene and food handling. It is possible to have skills acquired in the labour market evaluated.

Food technology is a certified healthcare trade. The average study period is approximately three years, including vocational training, during which the progress of the workplace studies is recorded in an electronic logbook.


Food technology 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 schools’ websites.

Information on the creditworthiness of the program can be obtained from the Student Education Fund. Trade unions also often provide scholarships for study. Get more information from your union.


The studies are divided into general theoretical subjects, specialties of food technology and vocational training. The first years is spent in basic education in food and restaurant disciplines, but more specialization follows. Vocational training takes place at certified vocational training locations.

After graduation

The study program entitles graduates to work as food technicians.

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