Copenhagen Technical College

An introduction

Copenhagen Technical College (KTS) is the capital’s technical college, known for its broad scope and high academic standards. Taking social development and the business sector as our point of departure, we educate people to tackle the demands of a globalised world. We generate pride, we are innovative and we show initiative.


Our education programmes are exciting and we guarantee a high level of utility. Copenhagen Technical College is a modern institute of education. The college’s education programmes and courses are being continuously developed so that they reflect the requirements for education programmes of a high standard, both now and in the future. The college provides tuition at nine venues in Greater Copenhagen.


The college is one of Denmark’s largest technical colleges and in 2010 we had a turnover of DKK 440 million. A vocational education (EUD) is an apprenticeship education, with periods spent in college and periods spent in on- the-job training. An education programme is a coherent process consisting of two phases: There is an introductory phase of 10 to 60 weeks, and a main phase which constitutes the remaining part of the education.


The education programme often begins with an introductory course at the college, but you can also start at a work placement if you have one. A vocational education usually lasts four years.

Copenhagen Technical College also offers Higher Technical Examination, htx, at two venues. A Higher Technical examination takes three years.


Introductory course

Copenhagen Technical College offers five vocational introductory courses aimed at 32 main programmes, 24 of which are offered by the college.


Main programme

At the beginning, or during the introductory course, the student must decide which subject they wish to follow. The part of the vocational education that comes after the introductory course is called the main programme and consists of periods of study at the college and practical periods with on the job training. The practical periods are spent in a company. In order to begin a main programme, the student must have a training agreement with an approved company or employer or have the possibility of practical training in the college. 


The duration of the main programme will depend on the choice of education programme. The main programme concludes with an apprenticeship exam/assignment.


Supplementary training

In addition to general education programmes, the college offers more than 250 different supplementary courses (2010) in 19 different sectors of industry.


Higher TechnicalExamination (htx)

The Copenhagen Technical College programme is a three-year upper secondary school programme focusing on IT, mathematics, physics, chemistry, communication, technology, Danish, social studies and foreign languages. All students are responsible for a college-supplied laptop. The teaching methods used at the Copenhagen Technical College are highly practically oriented and the students often work in projects groups.



Eux is a brand new youth education programme, where you gain both a degree in craftsmanship and an upper secondary school diploma – within the same education! With the eux study programme, you get a traditional vocational education (VET) with supplementary upper secondary school subjects. The training takes four years and one month.


With a eux diploma, you can apply directly into higher education, for example as an architect, construction manager or engineer.

The eux study programme consists of upper secondary school subjects such as Danish, mathematics, social studies and English at the HF level along with the subjects normally taken during a traditional vocational education. In this fashion, you have the opportunity to combine the secondary school courses with the practical VET courses, and eux becomes a sublime combination of practical and theoretical knowledge.



The overview shows the five introductory courses offered by Copenhagen Technical College and the main programmes at which they are aimed.

Note: The main programmes marked with an asterisk (*) can be completed at Copenhagen Technical College.

The other programmes must be completed at another technical college.



Building and construction

  • Construction technician, site engineer, paver*
  • Housing assembly training
  • Wall, ceiling and unit installer
  • House painter
  • Tiling*
  • Floor laying*
  • Bricklaying*
  • Organ building*
  • Joinery*
  • Carpentry*
  • Plumbing


Construction and user service

  • Property service technician*
  • Service assistant
  • Security guard


Electricity, management and it

  • Electrician
  • Theatre, exhibition and event organiser*


Media production

  • Film and TV production*
  • Photography*
  • Graphical technician*
  • Media graphic designer*
  • Sign writer
  • Web integrator


Production and development

  • Retail goldsmith*
  • CNC technician*
  • Industrial operator*
  • Industrial technician*
  • Dental technician*
  • Metal smith*
  • Process operator*
  • Foundry technician*
  • Technical designer*
  • Tooling*
  • Precious stone smith*



  • Eux, bricklaying
  • Eux, carpenter
  • Eux, joiner
  • Eux, industrial technician
  • Eux, toolmaker



Bridge building and otherspecial activities

Many young people are unsure as to what they want to do and many never get started or quickly drop out of a youth education programme.

In 2009, there were 7000 municipal school students attending the Copenha-gen Technical College, with 4500 attending the introduction courses and 2500 attending transition programmes. Past students provide an insight into the courses we offer and into the experience of attending Copenhagen Technical College.


Basic vocational training

Some of the reasons that students drop out of or choose not to take a youth education programme may include a lack of academic or social skills or general uncertainty about their own abilities. The basic vocational training programmes take all that into account, as the programme is planned individually and with varying durations depending on the needs of the individual student.


Young people with reading and writing difficulties

At the Copenhagen Technical College, young people with reading and writing difficulties or dyslexia can receive instruction together with other students with similar problems. We collaborate with the Copenhagen School for Dyslexia, which provides part of the instruction. The so-called dyslexic classes are available to students at the carpentry and painter training programmes.


A basic vocational training programme may last from 10 to 60 weeks, thus enabling the planning of flexible basic courses that take account of the specific needs of the individual student, including for instance extra instruction in Danish or mathematics.


Receive assistance from aguidance counsellor

It may be difficult to choose an education or training programme, but even if you know exactly what you want, it may be a good idea to have a chat with a guidance counsellor.


The Copenhagen Technical College has an extensive team of guidance counsellors that can help find the education or training programme best suited for you. They can also answer the many practical questions you may have, e.g. questions regarding economy, admission requirements, finding a placement for practical training or opportunities to travel abroad in connection with the programme.


Contact teachers

A contact teacher is assigned to all students enrolled in vocational training programmes. The contact teacher is the student’s guidance counsellor during the programme and will help solve any issues relating to the education or training.

At the Higher Technical Examination (htx)programmes, the class teacher or the indivi-dual teachers are the guidance counsellors.


Educational theory and practice and study environment

It is our goal at Copenhagen Technical College that students and course participants shall develop professionally and personally during their education or training. Practice-based, problem-oriented and project-based instruction is therefore a major element of all programmes. Furthermore, the instruction is evaluated thoroughly in order to enable us to check and improve its quality.


The planning of the learning is based on equality and student participation, since we believe that these fundamental values strengthen the students’ own sense of responsibility for the learning process. We give high priority to the physical environment and study facilities and we continuously invest in improving our facilities at our nine venues.


The teachers

At Copenhagen Technical College, we believe that it is essential for our teachers to have close professional relations with the disciplines and the subjects they teach. All the teachers at the vocational training programmes offered by Copenhagen Technical College therefore have a minimum five years’ professional experience within the disciplines they teach.


Naturally, all teachers have completed a basic training programme in educational theory and practice. The Copenhagen Technical College also works with systematic competence development for all employees.


For businesses – furthereducation and training and apprentices

Naturally, the extensive range of courses offered by Copenhagen Technical College also available to businesses, but if any business has special needs, they can simply make a telephone call to one of our consultants. The business and the consultant can work together to decide on the composition of the course.


When an enterprise needsan apprentice

Most businesses regard it as a bonus and a profitable investment to take on an apprentice and Copenhagen Technical College assists enterprises with finding a training agreement that satisfies their specific needs.


There are four types:


Ordinary agreement where the enterprise has the apprentice during the entire programme

Short-term agreement where the enterprise has the apprentice for part of the programme

Combination agreement where two or more enterprises share an apprentice

Flexible combination agreements where an enterprise only has the apprentice during part of the programme because the enterpriseis not fully approved as a practical training


The specialised employees at our Enterprise Secretariat assist with:


  • Registration of training agreements
  • Rules of training
  • Pay and employment conditions
  • Possible grants
  • School periods
  • Transport grants for school periods
  • Boarding facilities for apprentices
  • Practical training abroad
  • Further training


About the CopenhagenTechnical College– as an organisation

A professional board of directors manages the Copenhagen Technical College with representatives from the labour market and the school’s employees (the latter have no voting rights). The board of directors is responsible for the efficient and sound operation of Copenhagen Technical College as a business and for ensuring that the college undergoes continuous development in line with society as a whole.


The day-to-day management is provided by the management board, which consists of Ole Heinager, chief executive officer and Desiré Christoffersen, vice-president. Four staff managers are attached to the management board. The individual school areas are each headed by an inspector, one or more educational managers and an administration manager.

The teachers often form part of a team of teachers. The actual organisation of the teachers may vary from area to area.


The consultation and safety work at Copenhagen Technical College is organised in local and central bodies and the college also has a team of research, development and learning consultants. These consultants perform special functions in addition to their general working functions and the individual consultant usually provides support and assistance to the inspector, the programme directors and the individual teacher teams in connection with development tasks.



Copenhagen Technical College aims to have an open and trusting relationship with the surrounding society.

Naturally, the Danish Ministry of Education is an important partner, as are the regional Youth Guidance Centres.


The Copenhagen Technical College also collaborates with other educational establishments and the individual schools have daily contact with businesses, organisations and other partners.



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