TVET Colleges

TVET  Colleges (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) are public tertiary institutes offering a wide range of practical training options for people with or without matric.  Funding is available for TVET courses through the government NSFAS scheme.  Courses  are practical and relevant to the community making participants highly employable. 


  • There is government funding available for TVET courses through NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) bursary and loans.
  • TVET colleges will help you with your application for funding, providing you with a computer, internet access, scanner and copier and assistance if required.
  • Funding can assist with the cost of course fees, transport, stationery, text books and some living expenses.  You will be funded for the following year as long as you pass 50% of your subjects.

Useful Skills

  • TVET Colleges are community based. They do research into what skills are needed in your community and they offer training in these skills.  This means that there are jobs available for people who study at TVET College.  Often these skills are called “scarce skills”.
  • TVET courses are practical. Whilst you do spend some time in the classroom learning, much of the learning takes place in a real work place.  You already have work place experience when you finish your course so you are more employable than someone who only has classroom based learning.

Options Without Matric

  • TVET colleges have options for study for people who have completed Grade 9 and there is no restriction on age.  You can get your matric certificate at college.  It is a practical career focused matric called the National Vocational Certificate.  There are also other certificates you can study for without matric.
  • There are certificate and diploma courses available at college for people who have completed matric (NQF levels 4,5,6).
  • TVET courses are accredited.  This means that they are widely recognized in terms of employment and further study.  Private colleges often offer non-accredited courses.  They are expensive and do not open doors to further study.

How to Apply

  • Find your nearest college.
  • Phone the college and ask to make an appointment with a Careers Advisor. The appointment is free.  The careers advisor will do a careers test with you to help you find the right study area.  You will also write a language and maths test.  The career advisor will then help you choose the right course for you.
  • You will complete an application either at the college or online and you will also complete an application to NSFAS.  Look here for how to apply to NSFAS.
  • NSFAS applications close at the end of November.



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