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Electrical Engineering N1 studies for 2023 are now open. Are you interested in becoming an electrician and mastering the theory behind it in the shortest time possible, then consider doing electrical engineering N1 as the entry point. N1 Electrical Engineering course involves passing four Engineering studies subjects which are Mathematics N1, Engineering Science N1, Industrial Electronics N1 and Electrical Trade Theory N1. The pass mark is 40% and the engineering certificate takes 4 months to obtain.

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N1 Electrical Engineering Course

A national certificate in electrical engineering will be required as part of your qualification in becoming an electrician. The entry level to begin your studies is N1 electrical engineering however you can still start from N2 depending on your previous qualifications. The following are the requirements for one to start the engineering course in electrical engineering.

  • A grade 10 report from your high school with Mathematics and Physical Science or electrical related subjects will be the best qualification to start your studies. However, a grade 9 report card is also acceptable as you will be starting from N1. Some colleges offers a bridging course however at Ekurhuleni Technical College we register you directly to N1.

Subjects covered in N1 Electrical Engineering

In order to obtain your national certificate in N1 Electrical Engineering, you will need to cover the following electrical engineering subjects and pass them with a pass mark of 40% and above. The subjects are:

  • Mathematics N1
  • Engineering Science N1
  • Electrical Trade Theory N1
  • Industrial Electronics N1

Electrical Engineering N1 Exams
Electrical Engineering N1 Exams

The passing of these electrical engineering subjects is easily attenable if you already have a background of Mathematics, Physics and electrical related subjects. If you have a background on these subjects, you can register and write all the four subjects in one exam seating.

There are three trimesters in which you can choose to write your exams which are: March/April exams, July/August exams and November exams. If you register let us say in May, you can choose to write the exams for all four subjects in July/August exams and obtain your National Certificate-N1 Engineering Studies.

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Please note the following: It is not a must to write the exams for all the four subjects in one trimester.

This is especially advisable for someone who does not have a background in electrical engineering subjects mentioned above. One can choose to divide the subjects and write them in two or three trimesters. For example, if you choose to write the exams over two trimesters, you can take two subjects in March/April exams and the next two subjects in July/August exams. Such an approach helps in avoiding overloading yourself with work and getting overwhelmed with the studies.

Importance of Term Mark or ICASS

In order to qualify to write your final exams for any Nated engineering courses, you need to write your Test 1 and Test 2 and pass them with a minimum mark of 40%. These two tests are the ones that becomes your term mark or what the department of higher education calls your ICASS (internal continuous assessment). This term mark is very important and cannot be over emphasized. If you fail to write or submit your test 1 and test 2, then you will not get results even if you proceed and write the final exams. The department of higher education considers it an irregularity to write your final exams without your term mark.

 Importance of N1 Electrical Engineering Certificate

All studies have a base or foundation or beginning. The beginning of electrical engineering courses starts from N1 if you want to take Nated courses. It is the N1 Electrical Engineering National Certificate that will qualify you to move on to the next level which is N2 Electrical Engineering National Certificate. It is then the N2 National Certificate that will be required when you book for your trade testing to qualify as an electrician. However please note that it is possible for someone to start from N2 if you have Grade 11 or Grade 12 with Mathematics and Science and any other electrical related subjects.

How difficult is the electrical engineering studies

All studies involving engineering courses are challenging due to the fact that they require one to do mathematics which is where most people get challenged. Most students easily pass the other subjects but the problem comes with Mathematics N1. Hence, we encourage students to at least have a background of Pure Mathematics.

It is also quick to point out that other subjects can also challenge students if less effort is invested in the studies. All the subjects require dedication, time investment and a little bit of luck on the actual exam to get questions on what you prepared on.

Mathematics N1 and how you can get help to easily pass it

As previously mentioned, that one of the electrical engineering subjects the students battle with is Mathematics N1. Any desire to get the national certificate must quickly seek for a solution in ensuring the subject does not stop you from achieving your goal. This is why we encourage our students to get as much help as possible especially online. We have a google classroom platform where we register our students to learn Mathematics N1 online. Get more information below.

An engineering certificate is possible under Electrical Engineering N1 provided you are disciplined and you have enough dedication on your studies.

How to enroll for N1 Electrical Engineering Certificate with Ekurhuleni Technical College

Ekurhuleni Technical College offers the electrical engineering course from N1 to N6. You can obtain your national certificate electrical engineering N1 under four months with Ekurhuleni Technical College. You can enroll for the engineering course and study through one of the ways:

  • Distance learning or correspondence learning
  • Part-time or full-time studies

Studying through distance learning

When you choose to enroll for electrical engineering N1 and study through distance learning, Ekurhuleni Technical College will require you to complete the relevant registration forms and email them. The student is then sent the study material for all the registered subjects.

The students is further sent previous exam papers with answers in their email. These previous papers PDF booklet consist of more than 8 different papers over the years. The booklet also has answers which helps students in their self-study.  

The students are sent their Test 1 and Test 2 at the appropriate time and they write them under exam conditions through supervision. These are scanned and submitted back to the college through the email and marked by the college for the student’s term mark.

At the appropriate time, the student is then sent their time tables once the college receives them from the Department of Higher Education. The time tables will have the dates and time of the exam which is usually morning from 9am to 12am.

Support given to distance learners for Mathematics

Mathematics students are supported through online classes which they take once registered into the college’s google classroom. The students once registered can then access their pre-recorded mathematics videos. These can be watched at any time at the convenience of the student’s study time. The college is already adding Engineering Science into its google classroom.

Part-time or Full-time classes

Contact classes involves the students attending the physical classes at Ekurhuleni Technical College campus as per the time-table for that particular trimester. The student upon registering is supplied with the study material and the time-table for the classes on which to attend. Please note that the classes are very selective and take place depending on the number of students registering in that particular time. Students are encouraged to inquire on the classes before making any payments.


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