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What is an Artisan?

An Artisan is anyone who has passed a Trade Test in any field of work. Artisans are associated particularly with engineering fields such as electrical, welding, boilermaking, and fitting and turning.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a technical training system that includes practical and theoretical training. They are offered in particular trades such as
millwright/fitter and after passing a Trade Test the learner/employee is recognised as an artisan.

Apprenticeships are different from learnerships in that they are job orientated and not career-orientated, and relate to a specific trade. This means that if you participate in an apprenticeship you will learn a trade to fill a particular job post. Any person over the age of 16 may apply, but good marks in maths and science increase the chances of learners being selected to participate.

What is needed to enter a training programme to become an Artisan?

You will need a Grade 9 certificate with good marks in mathematics and science. You must have a certificate of physical fitness and 16 years of
age or older. If you have no experience in an industry or trade, you can do a Report 191 programme or a NC(V) programme at a TVET College – like Vuselela TVET College.

What does a Trade Test involve?

During an Apprenticeship, modular and phase tests will be conducted as the programme progresses to assess the learner’s grasp of the skills being taught. These tests lead to a final Trade Test that assesses the learner’s overall competence to become an Artisan in his or her chosen trade.

A Trade Test is therefore, a final external summative assessment included in the occupational qualification for a listed Artisan trade. It is conducted by an assessor registered with the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) at a Trade Test Centre accredited by the SETA and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).

Only when you have passed a Trade Test will you be recognised as a qualified Artisan.

Can Vuselela TVET College Conduct TRADE TEST for apprentices?

YES, Matlosana campus is accredited by QCTO to train and Trade test Electrical, Mechanical & Civil trades

Explain the seven steps for becoming a Qualified Artisan to the listeners

The Department of Higher Education and Training has founded the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB), which has developed seven
steps for becoming a qualified Artisan.

Step 1: is career management. School pupils from Grade 7 to Grade 12 will be encouraged to consider career options in technical and vocational programmes that would lead to becoming a qualified Artisan.

Step 2: fundamental and vocational theory, relates to the fundamental vocational engineering theory that is taught primarily at Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges that lays the foundation for anyone wanting to progress into an engineering career.

Step 3 is learner programme registration and funding, primarily roles performed by the SETAs. The SETA facilitates and registers an agreement signed by the learner, the employer who is hosting the learner and a training provider.

Step 4 focuses on occupational knowledge and practical training, during which the Apprentice enters an accredited Artisan training centre to learn the practical component of the programme.

Step 5 is workplace training, during which learning from steps two and four is applied in the workplace.

Step 6 is trade testing, conducted at a centre accredited by the SETA.

Step 7 is the culmination of the process, the quality assurance and certification of the Apprentice.

Example of a Trade

Fitter and turner

What does a fitter and turner do?

Manufactures, constructs, assembles and fits components for machinery, vehicles and installations. Also maintains and repairs such
equipment. From the blueprint for a piece of equipment, the fitter and turner crafts the rough metal into its final form, fit the parts, and inspect and test the final assembly of the machine.

What are the benefits?
You will have an opportunity to specialise and to secure good employment with a competitive salary. The work is challenging, but will give you the satisfaction of seeing the results of your work.

What qualities/skills do I need?

You must be at least 16 years of age, enjoy working with your hands and be practical. The job requires meticulous accuracy, mathematical
aptitude and the ability to read three-dimensional drawings. You must be able to concentrate and be responsible.

Who will employ me?

Fitting and turning contractors involved in manufacturing, construction or maintenance and repair; large engineering works and industrial
plants; factories and iron and steel plants; shipyards and government departments, and Transnet, mines and garages.

Another example of a trade


What does an electrician do?

Electricians are involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and usage of electricity. They install, repair and maintain electrical equipment and detect electrical faults. You may supervise the erection of pylons, the connection of high-tension cabling on pylons, install transformers and switchboards at substations. Electricians at power stations install and maintain power generators and/or perform inspections on motors, switchgear and transformers.

What are the benefits?

You will have a variety of work tasks and locations, and will gain satisfaction from solving problems and working with your hands.

What qualities/skills do I need?

You have to be at least 16 years of age, enjoy working with your hands and be responsible. You’ll need to be able to work under pressure, communicate well with colleagues and be of good heath, with good eyesight.

Who will employ me?

Transport companies, government departments and parastatals; municipalities, factories and mines; and industries and private electrical
businesses. Self employment is also an option.

Why should I become an Artisan?
• As someone possessing a scarce skill, you will be in demand by companies across South Africa.

• You are not confined to one industry, but can move from, say, the energy sector to the fuel sector, by completing a short course to fill industry-related gaps in your knowledge.

• As an Artisan, you have a passport to career progress. You can study further to become a technician or an engineer.

• You can decide to become self-employed. With just two years’ work experience you can apply for a wireman’s licence and become your own boss.(Electrician)

• Your qualification is benchmarked against similar qualifications internationally. With a certificate issued in South Africa you can work in various countries around the world, including Australia and Canada.

How do I become an Artisan?

There are four main routes to becoming an Artisan.

First: Apprenticeship

Through an employer advertisement, you can apply and become an employee (provided you meet the minimum criteria of having a
Grade 9 with Maths and Science). Through a contract entered into with EWSETA, the employer can enrol you on an apprenticeship
programme combining on-the-job training and modular-based training at an FET institution which will culminate in a Trade Test.

Second: Learnership

By registering with the Department of Labour at a labour centre you will be legible for selection by an employer for a learnership combining on the- job and theoretical training (usually 2 – 3 years) which will culminate
in a Trade Test.

Third: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you are already skilled in a certain trade but do not have a qualification, you can apply to be assessed through the SETA (at a cost). The SETA will put you into contact with an accredited Service Provider who will assist with your assessment. Through the RPL process, the Service Provider will assess your competencies and gaps in skills profile, and assist you in closing those gaps through specific training, which will culminate in a Trade Test.

And last: Skills Programme
If you are employed, you could approach your employer to assist in placing you in Skills programmes, which are short cources and ideally
unit standard building blocks towards a full Artisan Qualification. Once you have completed a full house of skills programmes, like the other three routes, it will culminate in a Trade Test.

How long will the process take?

Apprenticeships typically last from one to four years, but the time it takes to reach the level of competence required varies from one career to the next and from one individual to another.

Who can be contacted for more information regarding Artisan Development?

Mr Jacob Ramagogodi can be contacted at 018 406 7800


The Department of Education introduced the NC(V) at public TVET Colleges in 2007 in an effort to tackle the priority skills demands of the South African economy. NC(V) is offered at Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). As such it has been designed to provide both theory and practical experience in various vocational fields. The practical component of study may take place in the workplace or in a simulated environment. Students therefore have the opportunity to experience work situations during their period of study.

Three compulsory subjects: Fundamentals
• Language – English that will also be the Language of Teaching and Learning
• Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy (Mathematics is compulsory for all Engineering subjects)
• Life Orientation

Four vocational subjects:
These are subjects approved from the sub-field organization of the NQF.
The following Engineering Vocational Programmes are offered:

  • Civil Engineering and Building Construct ion
  • Electrical Infrastructure Construction
  • Engineering and Related Design
  • Primary Agriculture

The following combinations of Business and Utility Vocational Programmes are offered:

  • Finance, Economics & Accounting
  • Office Administration
  • Hospitality

The minimum entry requirement for NC(V) is a Grade 9 certificate.

Students who graduate with a NC(V) Level 4 may be eligible to study at any of South Africa’s 23
public universities or universities of technology. The requirements below illustrate the minimum entry requirements for a Level 4 student who wants to articulate into the various higher education qualifications. Be mindful that individual institutions may have their own additional admission requirements over and above the ones listed here.

Higher Certificate

• Must meet NC(V) Level 4 statutory requirements (Council for General and Further Education and Training) for a pass
• 40% in either home language or first additional language but one must be the LOTL*
• 30% in either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
• 40% in Life Orientation
• 50% in four vocational subjects
• Submit a record of evidence for any subjects failed.


• Must meet NC(V) Level 4 statutory requirements (Council for General and Further Education and Training) for a pass
• 50% in three fundamental subjects, including LOTL*
• 60% in three compulsory vocational subjects

Bachelor’s degree

 • Must meet NC(V) Level 4 statutory requirements (Council for General and Further Education and Training) for a pass
• 60% in three fundamental subjects
• 70% in four compulsory vocational subjects

We will offer a new subject Renewable Energy Technology L2, in 2017 at Jouberton Centre for Engineering Studies that will form part of the Electrical Infrastructure Construction Programme. Outlined in Accord 4 of South Africa’s new growth path, government commits to the procurement of renewable energy, with the aim to expand and diversify the nation’s energy generation capacity, whilst lowering greenhouse gas emissions, in order to meet the challenges posed by climate change. To fully realize these commitments the economy needs informed and trained people in this field, which continues to be a significant driver for future employment. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the South African Development Bank (SADB) estimated in 2011 that the total employment potential in the energy generation and energy and resource efficiency categories would be 130 000 and 68000 new jobs respectively.

For further opportunities and qualifications MERSETA developed a level 5 qualification that will provide a number of employment opportunities to qualified electricians and non-electricians. The electricians will complete the qualification in a much shorter time since the qualification contains a large number of electrician-related competencies.

Typical learners are TVET College graduates (all of whom must have mathematics). These PV service technicians will either be employed on solar PV farms or companies that install and maintain solar PV installations. Those with an entrepreneurial drive may establish their own businesses and create employment for others.


Vuselela TVET College is one of three TVET Colleges in the North West Province, formed in 2002 as a result of a merger process. Vuselela TVET College consists of 5 campuses with the Corporate Centre situated in the CBD of Klerksdorp. Not all programmes are offered at all campuses. The language of teaching is English.

Report 191 Business- and Utility Studies programmes offered by the College are Business Management, Marketing Management, Management Assistant, Human Resource Management and Tourism. The minimum entry requirement is a Grade 12 certificate. These programmes are offered from N4 – N6. The duration of each N-level of study, is 6 months.

After the successful completion of N6, a student will receive a certificate from Umalusi. A student will be able to apply for a National Diploma after he/she have worked for 18 months in the related field of study.

Hostel facilities are available at Potchefstroom Centre for ICT Studies and at Taung Campus.

There are two registration periods for Report 191 Business – and Utility Studies namely January and July of each year. The application form is available by clicking here. Applications for 2017 are open from October to November 2016.


Vuselela TVET College is one of the three TVET Colleges in the North West Province. Vuselela TVET College consists of five campuses, namely Jouberton Centre for Engineering Studies, Klerksdorp Centre for Business Studies, Potchefstroom Centre for ICT Studies, Matlosana Campus and Taung Campus.

Jouberton Centre for Engineering Studies is situated on the outskirts of Jouberton Township, a semi-urban area that forms part of the Matlosana Municipality. It is about 8 km from Klerksdorp City Centre. The Campus is in close proximity to Klerksdorp’s industrial area. Klerksdorp Centre for Business Studies is urban-based and situated in the city centre of Klerksdorp. Potchefstroom Centre for Information, Communication and Technology Studies is situated near the Potchefstroom city centre and North West University. Matlosana Campus is situated next to the main Klerksdorp industrial area and neighbouring the Klerksdorp City Centre. Taung Campus is rural-based, situated near Taung Town ± 30 km outside the town of Vryburg.

The College offers Report 191 Engineering Programmes or the so called Nated programmes N1 – N6. (Note that this consists only of the Theoretical component)

The following Engineering Report 191 programmes are offered:
• Electrical Engineering N1-N6
• Mechanical Engineering N1-N6 with the following specific trades:
 Motor Trade
 Fitting and Machining Trade
 Boiler making
• Civil Engineering N1-N6 with the following specific Trades:
 Bricklaying
 Carpentry and Roofing
 Plumbing

The subjects are offered on full time and part time bases, depending on the student numbers enrolled for the specific subjects.

In the case of Engineering Studies each level requires 4 subjects and runs for 10 weeks or a trimester. It is also important to note that enrolments take place every trimester for engineering programmes. There will be 3 Trimesters in a year that implies that you will complete N1-N3 in one year and N4-N6 in the second year.

For Engineering Studies the three trimesters enable the successful student to accumulate three National qualifications during the course of one year. National Certificate N1-N3 Engineering Studies, is the traditional Apprentice or Learnership career path to become an artisan. Depending on the requirements of the relevant SETA the student can exit with N2 or N3 and obtain the work integrated learning as prescribed by the relevant SETA. The N1–N3 qualification is quality assured by UMALUSI.

For Engineering Studies, students usually complete their N4 to N6 certificates in one year. A further 2 years of relevant practical experience is required to obtain a National Diploma. The minimum Requirement for N4 Engineering Studies is the successful completion of the N3 National Certificate. The N4–N6 Qualification is quality assured by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations.

 Engineering Mathematics is compulsory for N1-N3
 Engineering Science is compulsory for N1-N4

A student must obtain a minimum of 40% per subject for all internal assessments in order to qualify for the National Examination and must obtain a minimum of 40% per subject in the National examination for all four subjects before he/she will receive a National Certificate.

All needy and academically strong students can apply for bursaries through the Student Support Centre at the campus. The Bursary scheme is called a NSFAS bursary and it is entitled to all South African Citizens. Once a student has registered at the college he/she has the right to apply for the NSFAS bursary.

A learner at school must be encouraged to rather take Mathematics at school especially if they want to study Engineering Studies since it will benefit them.

You will find all the necessary information here on the website as well as an enquiry form which can be completed.


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