Skill level: 3

Cooking is a study program at secondary school level where the emphasis is on increasing knowledge and skills in handling food and cooking of all kinds as well as healthiness, innovation and diversity related to it.It is possible to have skills acquired in the labour market evaluated.

Cooking 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.


Cooking studies are taught at Menntaskólinn í Kópavogi, while food studies have also been available at 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 studies are divided into general theoretical subjects, specialties of cooking and vocational training. The first years is spent in basic education in food and restaurant disciplines, but more specialization follows. 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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