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Chemical Engineering-Chemical Technician

Chemical engineers play an important role in our society. According to National Scarce Skills List, chemical engineers are listed among the top 10 skills shortage in South Africa.


The following are the common duties that are done by chemical technicians:

  • Working in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare industry
  • Working in industries that involve design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, specialty chemicals, microelectronics, electronic and advanced materials, polymers, business services, biotechnology,
  • Environmental health and safety industries, among others.
  • It involves maintaining laboratory instruments in good condition
  • Management of customer base inventories and project submission retained application samples.
  • Assisting in the administration of materials and laboratory organization.
  • Maintainance of a safe, clean and organized lab environment in accordance with EH&S policies.

Course requirements


N2 Engineering Studies or Grade 12 (with Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or an equivalent qualification

NQF Level Status


Subjects/Course Modules

  • Mathematics N3
  • Engineering Science N3
  • Plant Operation Theory N3
  • Water & Waste Water Treatment Practice 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:

  • National N3 Certificate: Engineering Studies

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