If you’re looking to apply to a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college, there are a few things you should know about the application process first. Here’s where to start.

What’s a TVET?

TVET colleges provide education and training in skills for technical, occupational and vocational career paths. TVET programmes exist for many subjects, such as agriculture, arts and culture, engineering, manufacturing and many more. You can study at a TVET once you’ve passed Grade 9 or after finishing school with your Grade 12. TVETs can also be an alternative option to complete your schooling if you haven’t yet.

Choosing the right TVET college

When choosing which TVET college to study at, it’s important to consider which subjects they offer, what qualifications you can receive there as well as the location (and possible travel or res costs). When searching for TVET colleges online, refine your search based on the factors that are most important for you- such as subject, location, application deadline or fees. You can browse public TVET colleges online by checking out this list. If you need some help choosing which TVET classes to take, be sure to do the free Career Interest Test for some guidance.

In person, mail & e-mail applications

The traditional way of applying for TVETs usually requires you to complete an application form, and submit it along with your accompanying documents. The applications vary from one college to the next, but you’ll likely need to submit your form along with a certified copy of your latest results/qualifications and a certified copy of your ID. Once you’ve filled in your form and gotten all your copies certified, you can submit your application either in person (subject to change based on lockdown regulations) by mail or via e-mail. When submitting your application, make sure it’s been received. Take note of how long the college has specified it’ll take to get a response. If you haven’t heard back from them, be sure to follow up.

Online portal applications

Many TVET colleges, such as the South West Gauteng TVET, have switched to online applications, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The online application process may vary, but you’ll likely need to provide a copy of your ID and ID number, as well as your “school leaving subjects” if you have your National Senior Certificate (NSC). Certain online portals can be a bit confusing, so be sure to read or watch the application tutorial if they’ve provided one.

When applying online, make sure to read the instructions carefully and follow each step properly. If you run into a technical issue during your application, contact the support number or e-mail provided. Finally, don’t wait until the last minute to apply online- unexpected things (internet or tech issues, loadshedding, etc.) happen, so be sure to apply at least 2-3 days before the deadline.

If you’re applying for a TVET, we hope you get accepted! Remember that you can find lots of useful study tips and resources in our Study Section.

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