Information for school leavers: TVET COLLEGES

TVET College Courses
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Overview

TVET is an abbreviation for Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Technical and Vocational Education and Training courses are vocational or occupational by nature meaning that the student receives education and training with a view towards a specific range of jobs, employment or entrepreneurial possibilities

There are fifty registered and accredited public TVET Colleges in South Africa which operate on around 364 campuses spread across the rural and urban areas of the country. Public TVET Colleges are established and operated under the authority of the Continuing Education and Training Act 16 of 2006 and resort under the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Public TVET Colleges are subsidised by the state with approximately R8 billion per year. Each region has a DHET regional office that provides specialised professional support to the public TVET Colleges in provinces. DHET Regional Offices should not be confused with District Offices in provinces. District Offices oversee school education for the Department of Basic Education.

What types of courses do TVET Colleges offer?

Public TVET Colleges offer a very wide range of courses/programs that have been developed to respond to the scarce skills needed by employers.  Courses vary in duration from a short course of a few hours to formal diploma courses of three years.  The costs of the courses do vary considerably. The Department of Higher Education and Training courses are subsidised by 80% of the delivery cost and for the remaining 20% that would be paid by the student, but bursaries are also available.

Industry Fields

TVET Colleges offer various types of courses in industries like:

  • Agriculture.
  • Arts and culture.
  • Business, commerce, and management.
  • Education, training and development.
  • Engineering, manufacturing and technology services.
  • Building construction.
  • Security.

Types of courses: 

Below is not a list of the courses available but only a description of the different categories of courses and qualifications. For a list of courses, qualifications and at which campuses and colleges they are offered, go to this page. You could also visit the college websites for courses and qualifications on offer. You will find a list of the college and links to their websites further down this page.

Course TypeNational Certificate (Vocational)
Description / DefinitionNC(V) programmes are delivered under the auspices of the Department of Higher Education and Training and quality assured by Umalusi. The programmes integrate theory and practice and provide students with a broad range of knowledge and practical skills within specific industry fields.
Duration3 Years (1 year per level)
Qualification Full Certificates on NQF Level 2, 3 and 4

NC(V) Level 4 Certificate is equivalent to National Senior Certificate (matric)

Admission RequirementsGrade 9 + college requirements set per programme
ResourcesBursaries available for financially and academically qualifying students

 

Course TypeNATED / Report 191
Description / DefinitionNATED / Report 191 programmes are delivered under the auspices of the Department of Higher Education and Training and quality assured by Umalusi. The programmes consist of 18 months theoretical studies at colleges and 18 months relevant practical application in work places. Engineering studies range from N1 – N6 while Business and Utility Studies range from N4 – N6
Duration1 Year for N1 – N3 Engineering Studies

1 Year for N4 – N6 Engineering Studies

3 Years (18 months theoretical studies + 18 months workplace application) for N4 – N6 Business and Utility Studies

Qualification N6 Diploma
Admission RequirementsGrade 9 for N1 admission

Grade 12 for N4 admission

ResourcesBursaries available for financially and academically qualifying students

 

Course TypeNational Higher Certificate
Description / DefinitionThese are Higher Education programmes offered at colleges in partnership with Higher Education Institutions.
DurationSpecific to programme *
Qualification and Part QualificationSpecific to programme *
Admission RequirementsGrade 12 + requirements set by HE institution and college

 

Course TypeLearnerships
Description / Definition This is a route to a NQF registered full qualification and is offered under the auspices of SETAs and quality assured by SETA ETQAs.
DurationSpecific to programme *
Qualification Full qualification
Admission RequirementsSpecific to programme *

 

Course TypeSkills Programme
Description / DefinitionThese programmes are based on a cluster of NQF registered unit standards and are offered under the auspices of SETAs and quality assured by SETA ETQAs. Skills programmes can build up to a full qualification.
DurationSpecific to programme *
QualificationPart qualification with credit recognition towards full qualification
Admission RequirementsSpecific to programme *

 

Course TypeNQF Full Time
Description / DefinitionNational Qualifications Framework (NQF) registered qualifications offered to full time private students under the auspices of SETAs and quality assured by SETA ETQAs.
DurationSpecific to programme *
Qualification Full qualification on various NQF Levels
Admission RequirementsSpecific to programme *

 

Course TypeNon Formal
Description / DefinitionEnrichment programmes that result in an attendance certificate or programmes that are company based training against a specific demand.
DurationSpecific to programme *
Admission RequirementsSpecific to programme *

 

Course TypeABET Or AET
Description / DefinitionAdult (basic) education and training programmes.
DurationSpecific to programme *
Qualification and Part QualificationSpecific to programme *
Admission RequirementsSpecific to programme *

* Please contact your nearest public TVET College for further details

Below are some examples of the types of courses TVET Colleges offer are:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Financial Management
  • IT & Computer Science
  • Mechatronics
  • Tourism
  • Electrical Infrastructure Construction
  • Civil Engineering & Building Construction
  • Engineering & Related Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Office Administration
  • Management Assistant
  • Marketing

This will give you a good idea of the various courses typically on offer in public TVET Colleges. For more information visit the college websites to find out what courses and qualifications they offer.

College websites can be found below.

ProvinceName of TVET CollegeWebsite
Eastern CapeBuffalo City TVET College
ECMidlands TVET College
Ikhala TVET College
Ingwe TVET College
King Hintsa TVET College
King  Sabatha  Dalindyebo  TVET College
Lovedale TVET College
Port Elizabeth TVET
www.bccollege.co.za
www.emcol.co.za
www.ikhalacollege.org.za
www.ingwecollege.org.za
www.kinghintsafetcollege.org.za
www.ksdfetcollege.org.za
www.lovedalecollege.co.za
www.pecollege.edu.za
Free StateFlavius Mareka TVET College
Goldfields TVET College
Maluti TVET College
Motheo TVET College
www.flaviusmareka.net
www.goldfieldstvet.co.za
www.malutitvet.co.za
www.motheotvet.co.za
GautengCentral JHB TVET College
Ekurhuleni East TVET College
Ekurhuleni West TVET College
Sedibeng TVET College
South     West     Gauteng     TVET College
Tshwane North TVET College
Tshwane South TVET College
Western College for TVET
www.cjc.co.za
www.eec.edu.za
www.ewc.edu.za
www.sedcol.co.za
www.swgc.co.za
www.tnc4fet.co.za
www.tsc.edu.za
www.westcol.co.za
KwaZulu-NatalCoastal TVET College
Elangeni TVET College
Esayidi TVET College
Majuba TVET College
Mnambithi TVET College
Mthashana TVET College
Thekwini TVET College
Umfolozi TVET College
Umgungundlovu TVET College
www.coastalkzn.co.za
www.elangeni.edu.za
www.esayidifet.co.za
www.majuba.edu.za
www.mnambithicollege.co.za
www.mthashanafet.co.za
www.thekwinicollege.co.za
www.umfolozicollege.co.za
www.ufetcollege.co.za
LimpopoCapricorn TVET College
Lephalale TVET College
Letaba TVET College
Mopani South East TVET College
Sekhukhune TVET College
Vhembe TVET College
Waterberg TVET College
www.capricorncollege.co.za
www.lephalalefetcollege.co.za
www.letabafet.co.za
www.mopanicollege.edu.za
www.sekfetcol.org
www.vhembefet.org.za
www.waterbergcollege.co.za
MpumalangaEhlanzeni TVET College
Gert Sibande TVET College
Nkangala TVETCollege
www.ehlanzenifet.co.za
www.gscollege.co.za
www.nkangalafet.edu.za
North WestOrbit TVET College
Taletso TVET College
Vuselela TVET College
www.orbitcollege.co.za
www.taletsofetcollege.co.za
www.vuselelacollege.co.za
Northern CapeRural TVET College
Urban TVET College
www.ncrfet.co.za
www.ncufetcollege.edu.za
Western CapeBoland TVET College
College of Cape Town
False Bay TVET College
Northlink TVET College
South Cape TVET College
West Coast TVET College Office
www.bolandcollege.com
www.cct.edu.za
www.falsebaycollege.co.za
www.northlink.co.za
www.sccollege.co.za
www.westcoastcollege.co.za

How to choose which course is the right one for you:

  • Choose a course that has different career options and more opportunities.
  • Is there a demand for your chosen field?
  • Try to obtain exposure to your chosen field e.g.work during school holidays or volunteer.
  • Always have a second option (you can always consider specialising in different areas).
  • Make sure that you have enough information before choosing.
  • In order to make a successful decision, you need to know about your skills, interest and values.
    • Options may be limited if you do not have certain subjects like Mathematics and Physical Science.
    • Research the education requirements for the course and make sure you meet the entry requirements.
    • Make sure that your chosen field suits your personal attributes. for example, if you prefer to be working in an office environment, then pursuing a career as a civil engineer will probably not be ideal.
  • Ask around for people who may know someone who works in that field that can counsel you.
  • Research the careers, which are available to people with your interests and skills.
  • Research companies that employ people who have completed the qualification/s you are interested in.
  • Make efforts to visit companies you may be interested in working for to find out what opportunities they may have for you once you have completed your studies.

TVET College Administration

Public TVET Colleges resort under the Department of Higher Education and Training and its Regional Offices.

Public TVET College courses and information
Public TVET College has a number of courses available for school leavers.

TVET College Contact Details:

Telephone: 0800 87 2222

Email: *email protected*

Physical Address:
123 Francis Baard Street,
Pretoria, 0001

Postal Address:
Private Bag X174,
Pretoria, 0001

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