Study Technical courses without Matric

If you are considering a career in the technical engineering field but don’t have a Matric, you could enrol for an N1 – N3 National Technical Certificate in Technical Engineering.  

By studying a technical engineering N1 – N3 course, you could pursue a career in the engineering field without the engineering credentials that you would get at other tertiary institutions.  

What is a National Technical Certificate? 

College SA’s National Technical Certificates are vocational training courses, meaning that they will prepare you for a job in the technical engineering field. Once you have completed one of these courses, you will be able to pursue a career in a specific field. 

These courses have been created by the Department of Education to help fill the skills gap. They call it the NATED study programme

The NATED study programme aims to help students gain a technical and occupational understanding that will help them move forward in the technical engineering field.  

 College SA offers National Technical Certificates in the following fields: 

  • Motor Trade N1 - N3 
  • Welding N1 - N3 
  • Boilermaking N1 - N3 
  • Electrical N1 - N3 
  • Fitter and Turner N1 – N3 

These National Technical Certificates will equip you with the theoretical knowledge required to work in the engineering field. Once you have completed one of these technical engineering programmes, you will be required to do your practical training at a registered organisation. 

How to get your National Technical Certificate 

To enrol for one of College SA’s technical engineering programmes, you must meet the entrance requirements and then complete all three levels in the programme (N1 – N3).  

Entrance requirements for the National Technical Certificate programmes are as follows: 

  • You need to have passed Grade 9 with pure Mathematics (minimum pass mark of 40%) and Physical Science (minimum pass mark of 30%). 
  • You need to be able to read and write in English as all the study material is in English. 
  • You must be at least 16 years or older.  

To complete your technical engineering programme, you must finish all three levels: N1, N2 and N3. There are also exams that you must write to receive your National Technical Certificate. Exams can be written at designated exam venues across South Arica. 

Please speak to your lecturer or Educational Planner to confirm where your closest exam venue is situated. 

What can I do once I get my National Technical Certificate? 

Once you have obtained your N3-level certificate, you can apply for your practical training at a recognised organisation.  

To find out more about practical training locations, speak to your lecturer or Educational Planner.  

In-Demand Jobs in the Technical Engineering Field in South Africa 


Electricians are high in demand, especially now that South Africa’s energy requirements have increased. Electrical engineers are at the top of the national Scarce Skills List, which means that, as soon as you complete your Electrical training and are qualified to work in the field, you can look forward to many job opportunities.   

You could apply for a job at Eskom, small businesses or even start your own electrical business. 

The average salary for a qualified electrician ranges between R224,919 and R382,117 per year. 

(Source: Payscale)  

Fitter and Turners 

According to South Africa’s legislative and National Development Plan (NDP), there is quite a big need for public infrastructure development. What does this mean? It means that a qualification in fitting and turning could get you a stable job, given the fact that these skills are in high demand.    

The average salary for a qualified fitter and turner ranges between R228,508 and R412,013 per year. 

(Source: Payscale) 

Motor Mechanic 

Motor mechanics are also on the National Scarce Skills List. This means that once you get a qualification behind your name, you can look forward to many job opportunities. A degree in motor mechanics is obviously in highest demand, but you can also get a job with a technical certificate qualification in the motor mechanic field.  

As a motor mechanic, you can look for employment in the transport, automotive, construction and even mining industries.   

The average salary for a qualified petrol or diesel motor mechanic range between R118,644 and R381,440 per year. Diesel mechanics earn a slightly higher salary than a normal automobile mechanic.  

(Source: Payscale) 


Large engineering industries contribute significantly to South Africa’s economy, so technicians working in the industrial engineering sector are always highly valued. Boilermakers play an important role in the broader industrial engineering industry. 

If you have the knowledge and skills to work as a boilermaker, or if you have other skills related to industrial engineering, then you are in luck. There are many engineering/technical jobs out there.  

The average salary for a qualified boilermaker ranges between R301,647 and R462,861 per year.  

(Source: Payscale)  


If you are interested in studying a Technical Engineering N1 – N3 course with College SA, fill in the form on our website, and one of our friendly Educational Planners will give you a call. You can also call us on 0861 663 663.