Skill level: 3

Plumbing is a work-related study program at secondary school level where the emphasis is on increasing the skills and knowledge required to install heating, drinking water and drainage systems in buildings and structures, as well as supply systems for water and heating and outdoor drainage pipes. Also being familiar with the installation of devices and equipment that are connected to and manage these systems and to oversee maintenance and renewal. It is possible to have skills acquired in the labour market evaluated.
Plumbing 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 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 plumbing 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. To complete the studies, the student must enter into an internship agreement with a master.

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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