Application for permission to use a legally protected professional designation for specialists in technical and design faculties

General information

The Ministry of Industries and Innovation issues permits for the use of legally protected professional designations for specialists in technical and design faculties other than Master Electricians and Dental Technicians.

The Ministry issues permits for the use of the following professional titles:

  1. Chartered Engineers,
  2. Engineers,
  3. Architects,
  4. Construction Engineers,
  5. Furniture and Interior Architects (Furniture and Interior Designers), or part of this title,
  6. Technicians,
  7. Landscape Architects (Landscape Designers),
  8. Planners,
  9. Electrical Specialists,
  10. Computer Scientists,
  11. Graphic Designers.

The right to use these professional titles or words which cover these titles belongs only to those persons who have obtained the Minister's permission or those who have obtained the Minister's confirmation of permission to have a corresponding professional title which has been granted in a State being a party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or a Member State of the Convention Establishing the European Free Trade Association or the Faroe Islands.

Those having completed a Bachelor of Science or Master Examination in computer science from an approved Icelandic University do not require such permission from the Minister.

Those having completed a BA or Master Examination in graphic design from an approved Icelandic University as well as a final examination in graphic design from The Icelandic School of Arts and Crafts or The School of Fine Arts in Akureyri do not require such permission from the Minister.

The Minister shall confirm permission to use professional titles to which the present Act applies in respect of an application from a citizen of a State within the European Economic Area if the party concerned submits a certificate from a State within the European Economic Area meeting the conditions of:-

1.      Directive 85/384/EEC, with subsequent amendments, in case of an Architect

2.      Directive 89/48/EEC, with subsequent amendments, in case of other professionals.

Necessary supporting documents:

1.       A survey of the applicant's educational record (grades)

2.       The originals (or certified copies) of examination certificates, and the original (or a certified copy) of the applicant's journeyman's/master's certificate if the application concerns the professional designation of `tradesman' or `craftsman'.

Examination certificates in languages other than the Nordic languages or English shall be accompanied by translations by an authorised translator.

Laws and regulations

  • Act respecting the Authorization of Several Professional Titles of Specialists in Technical and Design Faculties.

Further information

Application