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National Certificate N1-N3:

National Certificate


Westlake Campus
About this programme


The NATED Report 191: N1-N3 Engineering programmes are being phased out.

As of Trimester 1 of 2024: there will be no new applications for N1.

The last new intake for N2 – N3 will be Trimester 1 of 2024. Trimester 2 will be the last intake of N3 students.

This means that the College will only enrol students on N1 and N2 who have outstanding subjects on these levels for Trimester 1 of 2024.

From Trimester 2 of 2024, to Trimester 3 of 2025, the College will accept enrolments for N1 – N3 for those students who have outstanding subjects on these levels.

This opportunity will be offered via different modes of delivery

This is the traditional apprentice career path to becoming an artisan.

After completing N2, the apprentice will also be required to complete the institutionalised modular training or Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT). These modules are facilitated in 3-4 blocks of 10 weeks each (each block being a level). After successful completion and workplace experience, the apprentice may apply for the Trade Test.


Minimum Admission requirements

Minimum Admission requirements

  • N1: Grade 11 or Grade 12 with a pass in Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy (50%)
  • N2: N1 or equivalent
Career Opportunities

CAREER opportunities

You will be able to take up a position as an apprentice or learner technician to gain necessary industrial experience to be able to take a Trade Test in your chosen trade.


The programme runs for a trimester (3-month period)/10 weeks per certificate.
Course Content

Course content

N1 Certificate

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Structural Steel Drawing
  • Welders Theory

N2 Certificate

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Plating and Structural Steel Drawing
  • Welders Theory

N3 Compulsory Subjects

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Mechanotechnology



Students are equipped with mathematical skills in the following learning areas: Basic operations, equations, word problems and manipulation, exponents and logarithms, factorisation, algebraic graphs, trigonometry, mensuration and percentages. Students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge to problems in a real-life context and solve problems related to their trades.

Engineering Science

Engineering Science can be defined as the application of mathematics, science, economics and practical knowledge to invent, innovate, design, maintain and research structures and machines. The syllabus makes provision to cover all these aspects. Students will be equipped with the following subject knowledge: Dynamics; Statics; Energy, Work and Power; Heat; Particle Structure of Matter; Electricity.

Engineering Drawing

An engineering drawing is defined as a technical drawing used to convey information about an object. In order to accomplish this, the student is introduced to and must master the different aspects associated with it. Spread over three levels, N1 to N2, it includes topics like fundamentals of drawings, freehand drawings, geometrical construction, isometric drawings, sectioning of drawings, 1st and 3rd angle orthographic projection, detailed drawings and assembly drawings. All drawings are done physically on paper with drawing instruments and must adhere in quality to the Code of Engineering Drawings in SA.


Mechanotechnology is an introduction and combination of various operations from three different types of industry that may all end up in one general workshop .The industries are Motor Mechanics, Fitting and Turning and Welding. The design of machines and their operations depend on all three major industries as well as the complement of health, safety, and entrepreneurship.

Plating and Structural Steel Drawing

Technical drawings of basic models that falls within the ambit of Fabrication (boilermaking) and related trades.

Welders Theory

This course is the minimum theoretical exit level requirement for students who are pursuing the trade qualification of Artisan Welder. The student must be proficient in the following topics: Machines and their Components, Joining of Rolled Steel Sections, General Pipe Work tools, Development and Drawing of Templating Patterns and orthographic structural projections; Steel Structures, Materials and the composition of Cast iron, Stainless steel, Copper and Aluminium, Arc Welding, Gas Welding, Weld Testing and Heat Treatment of Steel.

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