Skill level: 3

Metalsmithing is a work-related study program at the secondary school level. The study program includes increasing knowledge and skills in the construction and maintenance of metal and steel structures made of different materials. It is possible to have skills acquired in the labour market evaluated.

Metalsmithing is a certified trade. The average study period is three years, in addition to 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 often provide scholarships for study. Get more information from your union.


The metalsmithing 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 two years are spent in a joint undergraduate course in metallurgy, after which the students specialize in metalsmithing. 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 giving 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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