There are up to six different National Accredited Technical Education Diplomas (NATED) offered at TVET colleges in South Africa. Here’s a breakdown of the six, and what qualifications they offer.
A NATED qualification is nationally recognised by employers and higher education institutions and offers the practical skills and the theory needed to go into the job market as a skilled workers.
For example, completing a NATED programme in Beauty Therapy at Damelin means you will gain the technical theory of the course, as well as do the practical skills required as a beauty therapist. This will make you a qualified skilled worker who can work at nail bars such as Sorbet or Soho.
Each N- Level takes 3 to 6 months, depending on the programme. To get the National Diploma, you will have to complete 18 to 24 months required work experience, and/or coursework.
The NATED programmes are split into 2 levels
The N1 to N3 programmes are very limited and mostly focus on careers such as:
And other artisan course
The N4 to N6 programmes offer a wider range of programmes that include:
Art and Design
Hospitality and Catering Services
Human Resource Management
What qualification will you gain?
If you complete your N3 plus 2 languages, you will have the equivalent to a Matric certificate at NQF Level 4
If you complete your N5, you will have a National N Certificate, without the 18 months work experience in the workplace
If you complete your N6 plus 18 months work experience, you will have a National Diploma
What are the admission requirements?
You need a Grade 9 to enter at N1 depending on the college, some programmes also require specific subjects
You need a Grade 12 to enter at N4.
Once you have completed your course, you will be able to apply for work or go on to study further at a higher education institution. With a National Diploma, you can also enrol to complete a Bachelor’s Degree at any university, depending on your marks.