Sail the seven seas

Studies in navigation are divided into certification levels that certify students to work on board ships of different types and sizes. The studies are set up as two to eight semesters depending on the level of certification. Studies towards a matriculation examination are seven terms.

The studies include both practical and theoretical courses. Practical studies take place at the School of Seamanship building on Háteigsvegur. Theoretical studies are available as on site and distance learning.

Study Programmes

The study programmes are divided in to five levels, each providing students the rights to work on board ships of different sizes and types.

  • Certification levels A, B and C pertain to fishing vessels and certifications A and B specifically to vessel length.
  • Certification D provides unlimited certification for all ships except coast guard ships.
  • Certification E is for captains of coast guard ships.

On completing the study programme and fulfilling the requirements of on board training, service hours and safety education, students receive a certification for working as master on ships. The study curriculum also requires that students receive the relevant education and training for managing fisheries, both on land and at sea.

General upper secondary school rules of admission apply for the School of Navigation, with some exceptions. Students applying for enrolment in study programme A-Master on Fishing Vessels under 24 metres, must be 18 years of age at the time of their enrolment, these conditions only apply for the fast track programme A.

There are no special requirements when applying for certification on ships less than 12 meters registered length.


Welcome to the School of Navigation

Víglundur Laxdal Sverrisson

Seamanship is a vibrant and creative line of work.

- Greetings from the headmaster

Students of the School of Navigation are qualified to steer ships and supervise a crew. The studies are technical but at the same time varied.

Completing studies with us gives students various opportunities for the future.

Welcome to certified studies that rest on a solid foundation.

Víglundur Laxdal Sverrisson

  • Skólastjóri Véltækniskólans og Skipstjórnarskólans


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