TVET College Online Application 2022-2023

TVET College Online Application 2022-2023

TVET College Online Application 2022-2023

Technical and Vocational Education and Training courses are vocational or occupational by nature. This means that the student receives education and training with a view towards a specific range of jobs, employment or entrepreneurial possibilities.

Vocational and technical schools serve many purposes. For some, they offer opportunities to further their careers and earning power.

For others, they offer careers in hands-on fields that don’t’ require traditional four-year academic training. Still, others offer a way to enrich the high school experience, prepare for college, and earn college credits – all at the same time!

TVET colleges mainly train young people to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes that are needed in the labour market. They serve young people who want to enrol for vocational programmes after Grade 9 or after finishing school with a Grade 12, as well as learners who want to complete their schooling.

What are the benefits of studying at TVET Colleges?

TVET colleges develop practical and other skills for a wide variety of jobs. The colleges maintain close links with key role players in industry and commerce to ensure that their courses are responsive to labour market needs.
The entrepreneurship skills acquired at TVET colleges can be used to start businesses, e.g. in catering, building construction, Information Technology, tourism, or hairdressing.
TVET colleges are accessible to all young people, and especially to youth from previously disadvantaged communities who live in poor rural areas.
TVET colleges are rooted in their communities and provide education and training to members of their own and nearby communities.
The colleges develop the skills that are needed in local businesses and in government departments. People with a college qualification generally earn about 60% more than those with only a matric.
Studies conducted in South Africa found that individuals who have completed some level of further study after leaving school are between two and three times more likely to be employed. This means that having a TVET qualification can nearly double your chances of finding employment compared to a matric certificate.
Public TVET colleges try to arrange for students to gain practical work experience with employers in their fields of study.
The fees for studying at TVET colleges are low compared to fees for other post-school education.
The government provides funding to cover part or all of the study fees of learners who cannot afford to pay for further education.
Courses offered at public TVET Colleges are externally and independently quality assured, and in addition, a number of public TVET Colleges are also SABS ISO 9001:2008 certified.
In an increasingly globalised labour market, a number of public TVET Colleges have international partnerships with similar institutions in various parts of the world. This ensures that education and training is internationally benchmarked against best practices in diverse international settings.

TVET Colleges cater for a wide variety of people who want to study career-focused vocational programmes. The only age restriction is that the person should be 16 years or older. TVET Colleges are open to the following people:

  • Students who have completed Grade 12;
  • Persons who left school before completing Grade 12 and those who failed matric could, for example, complete a National Certificate (Vocational) on Level 4, which is equivalent to Grade 12; and

Learning opportunities available at TVET Colleges

There are thousands of learning opportunities at TVET colleges in a wide variety of study fields. In January 2015 the Minister of Higher Education and Training announced that there were approximately 425 095 opportunities available for school leavers, of which the following were available in TVET Colleges:

44 000 opportunities in engineering and business studies,
37 000 opportunities for enrolling in National Certificate (Vocational) programmes,
85 900 opportunities for occupationally-directed programmes (apprenticeships or learnerships), and
16 250 opportunities for those who want to become an artisan in a trade.

What do the terms learnership, apprenticeship, artisan and trade mean?


A learnership is a structured learning programme that combines theoretical learning provided by a training institution (e.g. a TVET college) with practical work experience gained while working with an employer. Learners who meet all the requirements for theoretical and practical learning are awarded a registered qualification. Learners do not pay anything to participate in a learnership and receive an allowance (or stipend) to cover the costs of transport, meals, etc. for attending the training and work experience sessions. A Learnership Agreement must be signed by the three main parties involved in its implementation:

  • The training institution,
  • The employer, and
  • The learner.


An apprenticeship is a work-based route to a qualification for learners who are interested in working in a practical, technical field, so that they can become qualified artisans. An apprenticeship is similar to a learnership, except that it is always focused on a trade. Apprentices attend formal instruction sessions at a TVET college or other training institution to learn the theory and practical hand skills, and also spend some time in a workplace working under the guidance of a skilled, qualified artisan to become proficient in the trade.

After completion of the programme the apprentices who are ready can apply to do a trade test at an accredited trade test centre. If they are successful, they are certified as an artisan, e.g. as a cabinet maker, diamond cutter, goldsmith, hairdresser, tailor, toolmaker or upholsterer.

Learners earn while they learn as they are paid for the time they spend working with an employer during the apprenticeship. Artisans are in high demand in South Africa as many trades are listed as ‘scarce skills’. Apprenticeships equip learners with skills that enable them to find employment or to run their own businesses.


Artisans are workers who are qualified to practice a trade in which they apply highly developed manual skills using their hands and technical equipment. Artisans are in high demand in South Africa and globally and many trades are listed as ‘scarce skills’. Therefore, qualified artisans find employment very easily or they can use their skills to start and run their own business.


This refers to an occupation for which an artisan qualification and relevant trade test is required. All trades are listed by the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB), the body responsible for moderating trade tests. Examples of listed trades are cabinet maker, chef, diamond cutter, diesel mechanic, electrician, goldsmith, hairdresser, millwright, refrigeration mechanic, tailor, toolmaker, upholsterer and welder. The list of trades is published by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in Government Gazette 35625 of 31 August 2012

How much does it cost to study at a TVET College?

The fees for studying at a public TVET College are reasonable to ensure that they are affordable. The Department of Higher Education and Training subsidises 80% of the delivery costs and bursaries and loans are available to assist students to pay for tuition fees. In 2015 approximately 200 000 students at TVET Colleges will benefit from DHET bursaries administered by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Tvet College Online Application 2022-2023

The costs of courses vary considerably. Here are some examples of fees charged for different TVET courses.

Examples of fees charged for TVET Courses
Please note that these fees may have changed after this table was compiled.

Examples of fees charged for TVET courses
Please note that these fees may have changed after this table was compiled.

TVET College Title of Course NQF Level Duration Cost
False Bay National Certificate: Information Technology System Support 5 1 year R 29,400
False Bay Skills Programme: Assistant Chef 2 6 months R 8,000
False Bay Skills Programme: Waitron Training 2 1 month R 1,750
False Bay Further Education & Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development (ECD) 4 18 months R 16,500
False Bay Engineering: Motor Mechanics, Electrical N1-N3 N/A 30 weeks R 15,520
Coastal Short course: Cabinet Making N/A 56 hours R3,725
Coastal Short course: Haircare N/A 6 months R 7 760
Coastal Business Management (N4-N6) 2-4 1 year per level R 13,698 per year
Coastal National Certificate (Vocational): Finance, Economics and Accounting 2-4 1 year per level R 7,521
per year
Tshwane North Skills Programme: Craft and Confectionery Baking 2 1 year R 6,800
Tshwane North Short course: Events management N/A 12 weeks R 2,450
Tshwane North National Certificate (Vocational): Business Studies; Finance, Economics and Accounting 2 1 year R 8,000
Tshwane North National Certificate (Vocational): General/Utility Studies: Hospitality 4 1 year (last year of a 3-year course) R 13,700
Tshwane North Business Studies: Legal Secretary N4-N6 6 6 months per N-Level R 2,250 per N-Level

Where can I get money to pay for my studies?

There are a number of ways to fund your studies.

Many private companies and government departments offer bursaries or scholarships to cover all or part of your studies. There are generally conditions attached to the bursaries, e.g. awarding the bursary for a specific area of study (e.g. mechanical engineering) or to a specific group (e.g. black women). There could also be ‘work-back’ conditions requiring recipients to work for the company for a period after graduating, and conditions relating to the required level of achievement. Tvet College Online Application 2022-2023

DHET TVET Colleges Bursary Scheme (Administered by NSFAS):
The government established the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) specifically to assist students with academic ability from low-income families. NSFAS provides loans and bursaries to students attending public universities and public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. Two criteria are applied in awarding bursaries: prospective students have to undergo a ‘means test’ to determine their need for financial assistance, and students must have a good academic record.
Loans must be repaid to NSFAS after completion of the studies, but some loans may be converted into bursaries that do not have to be repaid.

Bursaries available for specific TVET courses:
Most TVET colleges have information on bursaries that are available for courses they offer. Prospective students should enquire about bursaries at the colleges where they plan to enrol. Check here for an example of a Financial Aid brochure with information on how to apply, who qualifies, what is covered by the NSFAS bursary, and other bursaries/loans. Tvet College Online Application 2022-2023

Loans from financial institutions:
You could apply to banks and other financial institutions for student loans. You could also apply to Eduloan, a private company that works closely with the banks. Eduloan offers funding for tuition and other costs associated with studying at a university or other training institution.

Grants from SETAs:
The Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) make grants available for a variety of education and training priorities. The grants are generally paid to the employers who should apply for the grants from the SETA. The grants are available for the training of employees and for unemployed persons whose studies are funded by an employer. For example, FASSET, the SETA for financial, accounting and related services has a NSFAS Loan Repayment Grant (NLRG) to assist students to repay their NFSAS loans.

Private funds:
If you are unable to access funding through any of the above-mentioned ways, you will need to fund your own studies. Hopefully, your parents or family members will be able to assist in paying for your studies.

Where can I get more information on bursaries and study loans?

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has a comprehensive Bursaries and study loans information pack, It provides detailed information on different types and sources of funding for post-school studies, the conditions, requirements and study fields funded, as well as where and how to apply. It includes a comprehensive list of bursaries available from private companies, with details on applications.

Other institutions offer bursaries for specific study fields, for example, the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers provides information under ‘Bursaries and scholarships’ on its website:

Below are list of Accredited and Registered Tvet Colleges certified by DHET and their Online Application. kindly select the school of your choice and learn how to apply. Tvet College Online Application 2022-2023

List of TVET Colleges
Eastern Cape

Buffalo City TVET College

Eastcape Midlands TVET College
Ikhala TVET College
Ingwe TVET College
King Hintsa TVET College
King Sabata Dalindyebo TVET College
Lovedale TVET College
Port Elizabeth TVET College

Free State

Flavius Mareka TVET College
Goldfields TVET College
Maluti TVET College
Motheo TVET College


Central Johannesburg 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 TVET College


Coastal 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


Capricorn TVET College
Lephalale TVET College
Letaba TVET College
Mopani South East TVET College
Sekhukhune TVET College
Vhembe TVET College
Waterberg TVET College


Ehlanzeni TVET College
Gert Sibande TVET College
Nkangala TVET College

Northern Cape

Northern Cape Urban TVET College
Northern Cape Rural TVET College

North West

Orbit TVET College
Taletso TVET College
Vuselela TVET College

Western Cape

Boland TVET College
College of Cape Town
False Bay College
Northlink TVET College
South Cape TVET College
West Coast TVET College

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