Aqua How and Why in Norway

The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) trailer video.

There are 12 public and 2 private aquaculture VET schools in Norway
The video clips below demonstrate how The Guri Kunna Aquaculture VET school at the iceland Frøya in Mid-Norway, offers training to their students. They offer training to young apprenticeship students (age 16-18) and to staff from industry that are in full jobb. The school is owned by Trøndelag County. 

Farming of salmon
Frøya and the nighbour iceland Hitra, produce approximately 20% of the farmed salmon in Norway. Every day more than 100 large trucks with salmon are exported. 

Training methodology

  • The apprenticeship model combines classrom based training together with a lot of practice at the cages (manmy are located next to the school) in combination with application of virtual learning systems. 
  • The students from industry receives their training at local/regional level through on-siteclassroom based  training. Every 2nd week there is a 3,5 training session preparing for the theoretical exam. 


  • In order to receive a national qualification in aquaculture, students have to pass a theoretical and a practical exam where they have to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. 

The aquaculture curriculumn in Norway and Scotland is very similar. The students in Norway have to study the whole curriculumn and the two final exams cover the whole curriculumn. There isn`t anything in the curriculumn that are optional for the students in Norway.  

Work opperations at a farm in Norway
Husbandry opperatives and site managers, what do they work woth at a farm? What must aquaculture VET support? 

  1. How is the work at a fish farm in Norway organized?
  2. Industry wants their staff to hold a national qualification

Video clips:

  1. Work-based learning in aquaculture (2 min 24 sec)
  2. How is work-based learning in aquaculture organized? (3 min 15 sec) 
  3. Facilitating vocational education and training (VET) in aquaculture (2 min 59 sec)
  4. A method for optimizing the effect of training (2 min)
  5. How to organize high quality aquaculture VET (3 min 7 sec)
  6. Student lead learning in aquaculture VET (2 min 57 sec)
  7. Peer learning methods in VET: Step by step (2 min 16 sec)
  8. Peer learning methods in VET: Students experiences (2 min 2 sec)
  9. Peer learning methods in VET: Experiences with knowledge exchange inside and between fish farming companies (2 min 58 sec)
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