Skill level: 3

Printing is a work-related study program at the secondary school level. The main goal of the study program is for students to acquire knowledge and skills to deal with subjects and innovations in the field. This includes, among other things, receiving a work on a printing plate, photogravure or in digital form, together with work on printing and maintenance of printing machines.

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


A study program in printing 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 often provide scholarships for study. Get more information from your union.


The printing study program is divided into general theoretical subjects, specialties and vocational training.

The first three to four semesters cover basic studies in information and media subjects, followed by specialization in printing. 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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