DURATION: 1 Trimester Per Level (10 Weeks Plus Exams)
INTAKES: January, May & August

Why this course is perfect for you?

Are you interested in solving practical problems? Do you have a strong appreciation for the structure of buildings etc.? Then build a bridge to your career with the National N Diploma: Civil Engineering

As a civil engineer, you will play an instrumental role in planning, designing, constructing, maintaining and managing the physical environment around us, including buildings and structures, transport systems and water collection, treatment and distribution etc. Civil engineering is one of the most diverse professions in the engineering sector. There are several areas of specialization including structural, construction, geotechnical, traffic, water resources, urban planning, materials, and many other emerging areas. Graduates go on to become involved in everything from planning and designing transport systems to enhancing the energy efficiency of buildings or undertaking the treatment and restoration of contaminated sites.

By studying this diploma, you will be given a selection of basic engineering-science and design skills to enable you to begin a career in any of the various fields of practice. So why not join this fast-moving, challenging and rewarding profession today.


Program Duration & Structure

The program is done within a period of two years or else two years six months. Each level should be done over a minimum of three months. The program is available in fulltime/part-time mode. The Structure is as follows:

National N3 Certificate

  • Mathematics N3
  • Building and Civil Technology N3
  • Building Drawing N3
  • Building Science N3

National N4 Certificate

  • Mathematics N4
  • Building & Structural Construction N4
  • Building & Structural Surveying N4
  • Building Administration N4

National N5 Certificate

  • Mathematics N5
  • Building & Structural Construction N5
  • Building & Structural Surveying N5
  • Building Administration N5

National N6 Certificate

  • Mathematics N6
  • Building & Structural Construction N6
  • Building & Structural Surveying N6
  • Building Administration N6

Minimum Entry Requirements

N1: A Grade 9 Certificate with a pass in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

N2: A National Certificate: N1 Engineering Studies or

  • At least three applicable Grade 10 Instructional offerings at Higher or Standard Grade Level.
  • An equivalent qualification

N3: A National Certificate: N2 Engineering Studies or

  • At least three applicable Grade 11 instructional offerings at Higher or Standard Grade Level or
  • An equivalent qualification.

N4: An appropriate National Certificate: N3 Engineering Studies

  • A Senior Certificate with at least three instructional offerings which are applicable to the instructional offerings chosen by the candidate for the program
  • Equivalent qualification

N5: A National Certificate: N4 Engineering Studies

  • Equivalent qualification taking into account pre-requisites for instructional offerings

N6: A National Certificate: N5 Engineering Studies

  • Equivalent qualification taking into account pre-requisites for instructional offerings

Examination Board, Certification & ICASS

External examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education & Training (UMALUSI & QCTO). The examinations are National Examinations. Certificates are awarded by the Department of Higher Education & Training. (UMALUSI & QCTO). A student will only be allowed to write the final examinations upon completion of the Portfolio of Evidence (POE) and 80% class attendance.

Careers you’d be great at

  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Waste Water Treatment Officer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Road Construction and Maintenance Manager

Engineering Course Fees

R 1 850R 750 x 73 TrimestersR 7 100