About school

Kuressaare Regional Training Centre (RTC) is an educational institute that provides initial and additional vocational training and retraining in wide area of specialties both for young people and adults.

erialadAs tourism is an important industry in the region, training specialists in catering, cooking, tourism management and hotel service has important role. Construction and related fields like carpentry have also quite a number of students.

Located on an island Saaremaa with strong seamanship traditions and small craft building companies, Kuressaare RTC is the only vocational school in Estonia training boat builders. Kuressaare RTC is a partner at the Small Craft Competence Centre at Saaremaa, hosting the SCC's technology lab that provides various services to small craft sector.

Other specialties are car repairing, business management, social work, information technology, handicraft and design.

To serve better the needs of the regional economy, RTC has strong ties with many local companies and Saaremaa labour market office.

Our curricula fields

  • ICT studentsDesign and handicraft
  • Building and construction
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Motor vehicles
  • Small craft and boat building
  • Materials (plastic, wood, metal)
  • Care of the elderly and of disabled adults
  • Child care
  • Hair and beauty services
  • Food processing
  • Hotel, restaurants and catering
  • Travel, tourism and leisure
  • Management and administration

Two campuses

The school has 2 campuses: one near the Kuressaare town centre, another in Upa village located 5 km from the town centre. Most of the school facilities have been renovated during last couple of years with the support of ERDF and other funds.

panoraamRTC has a number of training facilities: hotel Mardi, restaurant and cafe Kass, modern kitchen and conference centre. All these serve customers from Saaremaa, Estonia and abroad on a daily basis.

RTC has 7 computer classrooms with Internet connection,  study workshops, 2 student dormitories and 2 student cafes - all staffed by dedicated and professional teachers whose goal is to provide the finest quality education for young people.

Disainimajakas (Design Lighthouse) is school's design and handicraft building. Disainimajakas as brand covers the teaching, development work, projects and services of design and handicraft fields.

Tehnoloogiamajakas (Technology Lighthouse) is school's workshop building for motor vehicles, small craft building, wood, metal and plastic works and construction. As a brand Tehnoloogiamajakas covers the teaching, development work, projects and services on these fields.

800 students

lõpuaktus talv 2012 1There are 800 regular students on upper and post secondary level, but also around 800 adult students during a year on different courses. There are almost 115 staff members, including 60 teachers. One fourth of initial vocational training students come to study here from outside the Saaremaa island.

We also provide apprenticeship training and courses for people with special needs.

International relations

International work is one key element for providing high quality training. The principles of this are stated in European Internationalisation Strategy. More detailed activities are is described in implementation plan which is part of school's Development Plan 2015-2020.

Kuressaare RTC has participated in numerous international projects since 1998. We have been the leading partners of Pilot and Transfer of Innovation projects in Leonardo da Vinci and Erasmus+ programs. Our school has been and still is partner in a number of other projects.

Every year we apply the mobility grants for ca 50-60 students and 8-12 teachers and staff.

RTC is a member of European Association of Hotel and Tourism Schools (AEHT). Training centre has bilateral co-operation and projects with many other Estonian and European vocational schools.

How do we do this?

  • kokad  42 4Quality management and self-evaluation keep us on track.
  • A blend of theory followed by practice and reflection.
  • Extensive training in basic work skills. 
  • Fully appointed training workshops lead to mastery. 
  • Industrial placements on land, on sea, in Estonia or abroad. 
  • Partner schools in many European countries. 
  • On-going training and work stages keep teachers skills state-of-the-art.


RTC is subordinated to the Ministry of Education and Science. The school was founded in 1922.

The mission of Kuressaare RTC is to prepare people who would be competitive on the Estonian and international labour market and capable of coping with their lives.

The skills acquired at the Kuressaare Regional Training Centre make an excellent base for lifelong learning.