There are 50 public TVET Colleges in the country - go on:

List of courses :

There are also private TVET colleges -

TVET colleges have not a good reputation (the pass rate is sometimes very low; teachers are not very motivated; teaching is too rhetorical...) but some of them are good (like the Germiston TVET).

You can register at TVET colleges in January after your matric - check the deadline of each TVET college on this link (2016) -

What do they offer?

 They offer a wide range of studies in engineering/artisans, services (hairdressing, child care, cosmetology, catering, commercial, tourism), business (secretary, financial, clerical work), computers, arts, agriculture, etc.

The studies are more practical than at Universities and sometimes more appropriate to work requirements. For instance, if you study accounting, you will do 18 months of theory and 18 months of internship in a company. At the end, you will get National Diploma, equivalent the one you get at University.  But you will have work experience and many employers prefer to hire someone who is already trained for the job.

There are also plenty of job opportunities for artisans (there will a shortage of 40 000 artisans until 2016), like electricians, carpenters, plumbers, etc.

The 3 years studies lead to a:

-       NCV (National Certificate Vocational) certificate:  an industry focused, 3 years certificate for learners who completed Grade 9.  The certificate is equivalent to Matric (NQF level 4). Actually students who enter with a Grade 11 or 12 are far more likely to graduate.
-       Nated (Nated National Technical Education) programmes : for learners who have completed Grade 12 lead to a national diploma (NQF level 6),

TVET colleges offer also bridging courses in Math, Science and other subjects.
Students who qualify for financial assistance can get a loan from NSFAS. They must register on Nsfas website and apply for the loan (see separate page NSFAS on this blog). There also bursaries available for poor learners

.With a N3 or N4 diploma from a TVET college, can you go to Varsity ?
The decision is taken by the head of faculty and you need outstanding results. 

Our advice:

-  Compare NCV courses at different colleges. Not every colleges offer all options.  If the college is far from home, check if it offers boarding facilities

Visit the TVET College before enrolling with them, speak to learners and teachers and ask for career advice. One department in a college can be excellent while the other is the opposite. You need to do your own research... It is important to find out if the college is linked to an employer network (it will be easier to find a job once you graduate: find out from the college the percentage of its graduates that finds work and in what kind of jobs).
- check the level of the certificate (level 5-8)

-check the financial assistance provided by the college and what does it cover;
- Check registration dates, every Semester to be able to book your place and avoid disappointment. Some studies, like Engineering, are full after 2 days. 

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