What Are The Requirements For TVET College Engineering Courses?

There are 50 TVET Colleges across the country where students can apply to study Engineering. Here are the requirements for TVET College Engineering courses.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges are part of the South African education system that focuses on education, training and skills development. TVET Colleges offer a variety of courses that students may be interested in.

Students who enjoy hands-on, practical skills in specific trades are encouraged to apply to TVET Colleges. Once they graduate, they are equipped with the skills needed for their profession.

Engineering courses are offered at a number of TVET Colleges. These courses are available in two types of TVET College qualifications.

These qualifications include the National Certificate Vocational (NCV) and Report 191 or NATED programmes. NATED programmes range from N1 to N6.

NATED and NCV courses have different application requirements. Here are the requirements for these Engineering courses:

NATED Engineering Courses


  • Pass Grade 9 with 30% or more in Mathematics.


  • N1 Certificate with Maths and Science, or
  • Pass Grade 12 with a minimum of 30% in Mathematics.


  • N2 Certificate with Maths and Science, or
  • Pass Grade 12 with a minimum of 40% in Mathematics and Science.


  • N3 Certificate with Maths and Science, or
  • Pass Grade 12 with a minimum of 50% in Mathematics and Science.


  • National Certificate: N4 Engineering Studies.


  • National Certificate: N5 Engineering Studies.


For admission into NC(V) programmes, students should pass an NQF level 1 qualification in one of the following ways:

  • Grade 9
  • AET Level 4
  • General Education and Training Certificate (GETC)
  • RPL assessment programme to determine equivalent to NQF Level 1, and
  • PLP results.

Since each college has its own requirements, students are encouraged to visit the college website to find specific admission requirements for the engineering course they hope to study. Students may also visit the college in person for more information.

Before applying, students need to ensure that they meet the admission requirements to avoid disappointment. Certain courses may require admission tests, therefore, students are urged to find out from the college they hope to study at.

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