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Millwright Courses

Millwright courses in 2021-2022


SUMMARY: Millwright courses involves doing both the theoretical and practical aspects of the job. A course on Millwright is one of the exciting fields of study that involves installing, repairing and maintaining mostly stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. The journey of a millwright starts from understanding the basics and fundamentals of the course. This is the theoretical part and definitely will require one to do Mathematics and Engineering Science. Theory is followed by the practical aspect which involves three years of workplace experience and trade testing to obtain the red seal that qualifies you as a millwright. Millwrights enjoys a good salary and are in demand is South Africa as they are classified under the scarce skills.


Find out more information about Millwright below

Millwright courses


Millwright courses are divided into two components which is the theoretical component and the practical component. The theoretic component makes about 25% of the whole qualification. This is the starting point of the Millwright course and is a compulsory step in ensuring you qualify as an artisan.


Theoretical Millwright Course (Millwright Course (N1-N3)


There are different approaches in this area however I will focus on the Millwright TVET college course through Nated courses. Millwright TVET course requires students to start from N1 and then do their N2 or even N3 for their studies. Depending on their RPL (recognition of prior learning), N1 might be skipped. Millwright course N1 lays the foundation of the course and prepares you for your N2 which is the main qualification required for trade testing.


Millwright course requirements

    • There are requirements that students must meet in order to study the Nated courses. As an entry level, students are required to have completed their grade 10 as well as having passed Mathematics and Science (Physical Science or Technical Science or any equivalent).
    • Millwright course also requires students to do compulsory subjects which are Mathematics, Engineering Science, Engineering Drawing (or Industrial Electronics) and Electrical Trade Theory.
    • There are three levels, which are N1, N2 and N3. Each level takes between 3 to 4 months of study inclusive of exams. The student can write all the three levels in the same year. TVET college exams are conducted three times in a year (trimester exams).
    • The studying for a millwright course can be fulltime, part time or correspondence (distance learning).

Millwright course study options


Millwright course can be studied in three different ways: full time, part time and distance learning or online. The current trade has shown an increase in distance learning (correspondence) as students now can be supported from home. Let us look at each mode of study.


Millwright courses full time


Studying full time for a millwright course is always the best way if you want to ensure a quality pass. Full time classes afford you all the time you have to dedicate towards your studies. The full-time classes are important especially for those doing the classes first. Full time benefits include being directly in contact all the time with your lectures and translates to real time feedback and support.


Millwright courses part time


Studying millwright course part time is similar to full time the only difference being students coming to classes once a week on Saturdays. This is usually for students who are pressed of time due to work commitments, home commitments, other studies or anything that causes time to be a challenge for them.


Millwright courses distance learning online or correspondence


Millwright course through distance is the current preferred option as it provides students with more time on their hands and more flexibility in their studies. Millwright course online is slightly different from the standard distance learning in the method of approach but the two are very similar. Doing your studies online is the current best approach and studies have shown that more students are now able to pass with good marks studying from home than before. This is due to the increased support that students are now able to receive through online classes.


Read more on distance learning here.

Please note that in all these methods of studies, final exams are written at a registered centre with DHET. Ekurhuleni Technical College


 How to become a millwright in South Africa


To become a millwright is South Africa, you need to have a qualification for Millwright course in this case your Millwright N2 National Certificate. You then need to obtain three years of industry experience. After these are met, you need to do a trade testing with a registered trade test centre for Millwright and once you pass the testing, you will then obtain a trade test certificate (red seal) under millwright.

Millwright course in 2021


Ekurhuleni Technical College offers millwright course and registrations are already open for 2021 -2022 academic year. The registration for Millwright course is simple and easy and requires you to download the registration form and once completed you email and send it back.


Are you considering studying and qualifying as a millwright, Ekurhuleni Technical College offers Millwright through distance learning.

Millwright course online


Online learning is now the preferred method of study and comes with loads of benefits. Ekurhuleni Technical College’s Millwright course online is one of the most chosen courses. The pass rate for the exams is very good due to the support students receive.


Register for the millwright course online with Ekurhuleni Technical College in 2021.


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Subjects/Course Modules

  • Mathematics N1-N3
  • Engineering Science N1-N3
  • Engineering Drawing N1-N3/ Industrial Electronics N1-N3
  • Electrical Trade Theory N1-N3

Assessment and Duration

 National Exams are conducted by Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and also monitored by Umalusi. The course takes from 3-6 months or 1-2 trimesters. You can write all the subjects at once or split them. There are three trimesters in a year:

  1. Trimester 1: January to April 
  2. Trimester 2: May to August
  3. Trimester 3 September to December

Student must complete 2 internal assessments to contribute towards your term mark (ICASS mark) and must achieve 40% and above to qualify for final exam sitting

Achievement and Award

The following certificate is awarded by Umalusi upon successful completion of each level:

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