National Certificates N4-N6: Engineering Studies (leads to diploma)


Students who matriculate with the required subjects and wish to complete their
studies in Mechanical Engineering qualify to register for the N4 – N6 courses. Students who complete the N4 - N6 certificates and want to become qualified
artisans may be indentured as apprentices in the trades listed below. The students are also suitably qualified to enter the higher level of engineering to become technicians and assistants to qualified engineers.
Once a student has completed his/her N4 - N6 Certificates, he/she needs to work towards obtaining his/her National N-Diploma. Students will qualify for the N-Diploma through the Department of Higher Education and Training, when they have completed at least two years’ of practical work experience in their specific field of study.
Students who wish to further their academic qualifications may apply to any other institution of Higher Education, such as a University of Technology.


What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?

  • To enter N4 – Grade 12, (with related subjects and 50% pass) N3 Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • To enter N5 – N4 Certificate, 4 related subjects or equivalent qualification
  • To enter N6 – N5 Certificate or equivalent qualification

You must have passed the following subjects at school:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • English

The criteria for application for the National N-Diploma are:

  • A minimum of 4 subjects completed at each level of certification.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ of practical experience in the field of study.


How long will it take to complete the qualification?

  • 1 year (each level is 12 weeks)
  • 2 years practical work experience in industry for a National N-Diploma
  • Enrolment in January, May and September.


Where can I study this course?

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE N4-N6: Mechanical Engineering Studies is available full-time at:


A part-time option through distance learning is available at   PINELANDS CAMPUS

Mr. Stanley Cupido (Programme Manager) (Pinelands Campus)
(T) : (021) 531 2015/6/7 
(E) :


What will I be studying during this course?

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Mechanical Drawing
  • Mechanotechnology


What will I be qualified as after completing the course?
  • Assistant Mechanical Engineer
  • Boilermaker
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Fitter & Turner
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Tool Maker
  • Welder
  • Fitter (e.g. Maintenance Fitter, Marine Fitter, Hydraulic Fitter, etc.)




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