What is an artisan?

An artisan is a skilled worker, technician or craftsman. To become a qualified artisan you will need to write a trades test.


How to qualify for the trades test:

To qualify for the trades test you will need to complete practical work hours by becoming an apprentice and completing an apprenticeship. The number of practical hours you need to complete depends on you prior learning experience, work experience or what NATED qualification level you have completed.


What is an apprenticeship?

  • An apprenticeship is a job that gives you an opportunity to practice the practical skills needed to become an artisan for a particular trade
  • As an apprentice, you are employed by the company or business to practise the practical skills needed for a job or trade
  • You can also be a student at TVET college completing a NATED programme and getting practical learning lessons at the college

How does an apprenticeship work?

  • A contract is signed between you (the apprentice) and the employer for the duration agreed on, which can be anything from 3 months to 5 years
  • The period depends on the practical hours you need in order to qualify for a trade test
  • Prior learning experience, work experience or what NATED qualification level you have completed at a TVET college, can reduce the practical work hours you need in order to qualify for the trade certificate test
  • You have to over the age of 16 to legally become an apprentice


At the end of your contact you will write a trades-test and depend on your skills receive a certified artisan of a particular trade.


Read more about NATED programmes.