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Electrician Career / Electrical Technician Career-Heavy Current

Electrical engineers  or electricians or electrical technicians play an important role in our society. According to National Scarce Skills List, electrical engineers are listed as one of the top 10 skills shortage in South Africa. Electrical engineers are in critical need in industries such as power or energy generation (Eskom), telecommunication, engineering, computing, construction, energy, manufacturing, transport and utilities companies and the armed forces.

Electrical technician is responsible for installation and maintenance of electrical infrastructure and are required to maintain various plant and project installations according to sound engineering practice and equipment specifications.

Course requirements


Grade 9 or 10 (with Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or relevant experience or an equivalent qualification

NQF Level Status


Subjects/Course Modules

  • Mathematics N1
  • Engineering Science N1
  • Engineering Drawing N1
  • Electrical Trade Theory N1

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:

  • Certificate of Achievement N1: Engineering Studies

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