What will you learn in this Engineering Studies: Boilermaker N1 course?

This course provides theoretical training to artisans and is offered via the NATED programme. N1 is the foundation level in this 3-level engineering programme and learners will be exposed to the mathematics, science and drawing skills which form the basis of this course. Learn the skills and techniques needed to manufacture and build structures of steel (made of plates and piping) for boilers for steam engines, and pressure vessels for power stations and petrochemical plants; as well as mining headgear, bridges and oil-drilling platforms.

Textbook costs included!

Textbooks can be extremely expensive and some institutions do not include it in the course fee. Not at College SA! Our study material and textbooks are included in the total course price, so you do not have to worry about sourcing your own textbooks. We will send you all the necessary study material to complete this course.

Course Cost and Duration

At College SA we offer you the following ways in which you can pay for your studies:


  • Total Price
    *A once off R950 non-refundable registration fee applies.

What is included in the course fees?

  • Text books and study material
  • Courier fee

Course Starting Dates

With College SA, you can start studying whenever you want: there are no specific course starting dates since we offer distance learning. Please speak to our Educational Planners about your enrolment and study options.

Exam Information

  • College SA fees do not include external exam fees.
  • Exam fees fluctuate from centre to centre
  • Exam fees are payable separately by the student to College SA who will then pay it to the examination centre. 
  • Exams are written in April, August and November of each year.
  • You are eligible for the exams once you have successfully completed three written assignments; once you have registered, the school will advise you on the assignment- and exam registration deadlines.

Assessments Information

You have to successfully complete and submit the required 3 assignments per subject in order for College SA to prepare your term mark. College SA will ensure that term marks are submitted to your exam venue and, together with your exam, these are submitted to the Department of Higher Education and Training for evaluation. Once you have successfully completed all the required national exams, you will be awarded a National Certificate.

Accreditation Info

Status: Accredited course
Type & reward: National Qualification - N1 (SAQA ID: 67109 (N1))
Provided by: Umalusi
Minimum credits: 40

We are a private distance learning college accredited by Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (accreditation number 15FET02 00025) to offer NATED: Engineering Studies N1 – N3 qualifications. As a training provider, we offer technical courses in boilermaking, welding, fitting and turning, motor mechanics and electrical engineering. Umalusi is the quality assurance council in General Education and Training. They set the quality standards and criteria to uphold the academic rigour of the qualifications as offered by College SA. This means that the study material is of a high quality and relevant to your chosen technical field. It also means that Umalusi ensures that training providers comply with set criteria so that you receive up-to-date information and training. Umalusi is nationally recognised by employers and national higher education institutions, meaning you are able to further your technical studies at almost any higher education institution, and employers trust the knowledge that you have already built, which increases your employability.

Entry Requirements

  • Grade 9 passed, with Mathematics (40% and above) and Physical Science (30% and above)
  • The ability to read and write in English
  • You must be at least 16 years old
  • Access to a computer and the Internet
  • Completion of bridging course (if you don’t have Grade 9 pass), with Mathematics (40% and above) and Physical Science (30% and above)

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not meet these entry requirements you can enrol for the NTC Bridging course. The NTC Bridging course will automatically qualify you for the N1 course.

Professional Designation

Registered artisan

What subjects make up this course:

What are subjects?

Subjects are the particular fields of study that are covered in a course. The subjects below make up this course and will need to be completed in order for you to complete this course.

This is the study material you will receive when you enrol for the Engineering Studies Boilermaker N1 Course. Your study material for this course includes textbooks, study guides and assessment guides.

Mathematics N1

Mathematics is one of the three compulsory fundamental subjects in the NATED programme. Learn how to solve equations and word problems, and how to manipulate formulae. You will learn the skills needed to do algebraic graphs, trigonometry, logarithms and factorisation. The purpose of this module is to produce a person who can confidently apply mathematics to other disciplines and real life situations.

Engineering Science N1

In this module, you will learn about the laws of physics - you must understand these principles in order to understand engineering systems. You will cover the following: energy, work, power, composition of matter, statics, dynamics and electricity.

Plating & Structural Steel Drawing N1

Learn how to use drawing equipment correctly and skillfully. Equip yourself with the skills needed to draw geometrical figures by means of a compass and drawing instruments, and according to corresponding scale. Learn about first angle orthographic projection; welding; and parallel, radical, and triangulation line methods.

Metalworkers Theory N1

This module covers general safety rules, instructions, and machinery safeguards. You will learn the skills to work with, and differentiate between, marking off tools and general hand tools. Gain knowledge about blacksmithing, riveting, electric arc welding, and oxy-acetylene equipment and welding. Learn about the identification, properties, and different types of metals.