TVET Courses

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TVET Courses aims to teach you the practical skills needed to fulfill tasks in the workplace. It allows you to achieve your qualification in the industry you would like to start your career in.

Why Choose Studying at a TVET College?


TVET stands for Technical Vocational Education and Training. They teach students the basic skills needed to perform daily duties of an employee. TVET Courses are approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). 

Instead of completing your grade 10 – 12 at a school, you can enroll at a TVET college and apply to one of the courses offered. Some students may feel like they do not perform well at school. Instead of dropping out, students can get hands-on experience in the field of their choice. You can do this while gaining your qualification at the same time. 

Others reasons why students choose TVET Colleges include:

  • Learn more about the industry
  • Get practical work experience
  • Possibility of permanent employment where you are doing your practical
  • Variety of courses to study without matric
  • Less strict entry requirements

Qualifications at a TVET College


There are 4 main qualifications which you can achieve at a TVET college. Many of these are N4 equivalent, meaning they are equivalent to a matric certificate. After completing your course, you can apply to a university or college. Make sure they accept these qualifications before applying. The 4 main qualifications at a TVET college are:

  • National Certificate: Vocational
  • National Certificate (N4)
  • National Introductory Certificate (N4)
  • Report 191 Programmes 

TVET Courses Available


Studying TVET courses will help you find a job in most industries in South Africa. These courses aim to address the problem of the shortage of skills in the country. Below you will find some of the courses you can study at a TVET college. 

Nated Courses

From their wide range of courses offered, a lot of them are nated courses. These accredited courses will help you become more employable among employers. Complete all three levels and you could achieve your national diploma. Nated courses offered include:

  • Engineering Courses
  • HR Management Courses
  • Educare Courses

For these courses, you will need matric to enroll. 

Study Without Matric

TVET colleges also allow you to study without matric. You can complete your National Certificate: Vocational and receive your NQF 4 equivalent. Courses you can study without matric include:

  • Accounting Courses
  • Office Administration
  • Computer Courses

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Entry Requirements for TVET Courses


Think you won’t meet the entry requirements for a TVET course? Think again! Entry into a TVET college is quite straightforward. Most courses only need:

  • Grade 9 
  • Be 16 years and older
  • Ability to read and write in English

Some courses however, such as the national certificate courses will require you to have matric. This course will allow you to study further, completing your diploma and thereafter national diploma, which is an N6 equivalent. 

Benefits of Studying TVET Courses


There are many benefits of studying a TVET course. These courses will allow you to experience working in the field you would like to start your career in. This allows you to get hands-on experience in the field, as opposed to sitting with your books all day.

Below is a list of benefits of studying a TVET course.

Make you More Employable

When employers see that you have studied a TVET course, they know that you have experience in the field. This is because your studies need you to be in the work environment of your field. This forms part of your practical exam. Employers seek staff who can complete tasks.

Smaller Classes

TVET colleges are generally smaller than universities. This means that the courses offered will have smaller classes as well. No need to worry about not being able to contact your lecturer or getting help from a lecturer or tutor. Smaller classes allow the lecturers and tutors to spend time with students individually. This ensures that each aspect of the work is understood.

Variety of Study Options

TVET colleges have a range of study options, catering to the needs of their students. If you are not able to attend full time classes, you can also study part time. Some colleges also offer distance learning courses. This will allow you to study from the comfort of your own home. TVET courses allow you to enhance your skills without limitations.

Difference Between a TVET College and FET College


TVET colleges were formally called FET (Further Education and Training) colleges. Yet they were renamed back in 2014. Although some colleges still class themselves as an FET college, both TVET and FET have the same aim. This is to teach students the practical skills needed in the workplace. The term FET and TVET is now used interchangeably.

Learn all the Skills You Need


Like TVET Colleges, distance learning colleges also teach skills development courses. Distance Learning colleges, like Skills Academy, offer you a wide range of affordable courses. These aim to teach you the basic skills needed to perform your daily duties at work. Some of the courses Skills Academy offers include:

With us, you can even study and achieve your matric.

Further Your Studies With us

Register today and achieve all your academic goals that will kick-start your career. Contact us and one of our course experts will help you with the quick and easy process. You can:

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Last Updated: 9 June 2022



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