FAQ's
You could contact the office of the Registrar of Private TVET Colleges on 012 312 5296 and bring the matter to their attention. You could also call the Helpline on 0800 8722 222.
Distance and part-time studies are offered at colleges. Technisa (South West Gauteng College) and SAIDE (South African Institute for Distance Learning) specialise in distance learning. All colleges could be contacted directly for more information on part-time offerings.
ABET Level 1 - 4 is offered at Adult Learning Centre only.
Colleges generally offer N1 – N6 Electrical Engineering qualifications as well as the National Certificate (Vocational) Electrical Infrastructure Construction. These qualifications articulate with degree studies at universities of technology. Since the entrance requirement for the National Certificate (Vocational) requires Grade 9 for entrance, one does not need matric to start with electrical engineering studies.
Colleges offer a very wide range of courses in nearly all 12 SAQA industry fields, according to local industry and community needs. Their flagship qualifications are the National Certificate (Vocational) and Report 191 (NATED) qualifications. In addition, they offer occupational qualifications and part qualifications in the form of learnerships and skills programmes. For more information on particular qualifications and courses, please contact colleges directly through the contact details provided on this website. Alternatively, access their linked websites.
The colleges do make provision to a limited extend for physically disabled students and provide extensive academic support for general barriers to learning.
Both qualifications resort under the auspices of Umalusi (General and Further Education and Training Quality Authority). The NC(V) is assessed by the Department of Higher Education and Training whilst the NSC is assessed by the Department of Basic Education. The certificates are of equivalent value and both provide access to higher education. The NSC is an academic qualification providing wider access to qualifications at higher education institutions whereas the NC(V) is a vocational qualification providing access to higher education within a specific field of study. The NSC is theoretically based and the NC(V) integrate theory and practice in a specific industry field thus preparing students for the workplace as well.
The quality assurance bodies for TVET Colleges are Umalusi, QCTO and for Level 6 qualifications in partnership with higher education and training institutions, CHE. A number of colleges offer qualifications under the auspices of international quality assurance bodies.
To ensure that South African citizens receive quality education and training services and to protect the public from ‘fly by nights’, all public and private Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges must be registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Public TVET Colleges resort under the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and are therefore fully registered and their courses fully accredited. The registration list for private TVET Colleges can be accessed through the Private College menu item of this website. If the college name does not appear on the list, DHET can be contacted on 012 312 5296 or the helpline on 0800 872 2222 for further enquiries.
Individual colleges may have more than one type of bursary scheme available, but in general bursaries are available to prospective students who meet the criteria and want to study a full time Department of Higher Education and Training approved course, i.e. National Certificate (Vocational) and Report 191 (NATED). Bursaries are offered at the colleges and they will assist with application processes. No registration fee should be paid if one qualifies according to the ‘means test’ conducted at the college. The 'means test' determines the level of support given from the bursary. For very poor rural students this may include registration, course fees and course materials as well as accommodation and transport. It really depends on the individual circumstances of the student. For more information please contact the nearest TVET college through the contact details available on this website.
National Certificate (Vocational) and Report 191 course fees are standardised while other course fees will vary from college to college. Contact individual colleges by using the contact details available on this website or access their linked websites. No registration fee is charged for National Certificate (Vocational) and Report 191 courses.
Colleges are open for registration throughout a year for the next academic year or during the year for occupational qualifications. Colleges’ registration/enrolment forms differ and should therefore be obtained from colleges directly. Some colleges do enrol online. Please contact your nearest TVET college by using the contact details available on this website.
The entrance criteria depend on the course for which one applies. The entrance requirement for NC(V) (National Certificate Vocational) and N1 courses is a pass in Grade 9. However, some other courses, e.g. N4 – N6 require a Grade 12 pass for admission. If one does not have a Grade 9, there are skills courses to be considered. Alternatively, one may have to attend an adult learning centre to complete ABET Level 1 before registering for a National Certificate course. Contact the nearest public TVET College for further advice.