50 of the best TVETs in South Africa: A comprehensive guide to TVET colleges in South Africa

by Staff Reporter

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges focus on providing students with vocational and occupational education and training.

They aim to prepare students to become functional workers in a skilled trade and are the perfect place to study if you’re looking to start a career in a specific skilled trade, technical vocation or planning on starting your own business one day. 

The entry requirements are much easier than for a university (usually a grade 9 year-end report and a certified copy of your and your parent/guardian’s ID) and you will be able to study towards a variety of certificate qualifications.

You can even qualify to continue your studies at a higher level in the same field at a University of Technology.

You can read more about TVET college entry requirements and qualifications on our TVET blog.

To help you in your research, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the 50 TVET colleges in South Africa to make it easier for you to choose which one to attend after high school. All of these colleges are registered and accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) meaning that your certification will be nationally approved and recognised. 

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TVET-Colleges

TVET Colleges in the Eastern Cape

Explore TVET Colleges in The Eastern Cape Province across major cities that include Buffalo City, the Midlands, Gqebrha (previously Port Elizabeth), Queenstown and more.

Buffalo City TVET College

Buffalo City Public College (BCC) is a multi-campus college in East London that provides you with practical and theory career directed skills. It has three campuses,  namely East London Campus, St Marks Campus, and John Knox Bokwe Campus.

The courses the college has on offer include:

  • Business Management
  • I.T.
  • Human Resources
  • Engineering
  • Office Administration
  • Tourism.

Eastcape Midlands TVET College

Eastcape Midlands College (EMC) continues to play an important role in skills development in the Nelson Mandela Bay area. It serves the industrialised urban area and the rural western part of the Nelson Mandela Metropole. 

You can choose to study:

  • Business programmes
  • Engineering programmes
  • Occupational training:
    • Apprenticeships
    • Skills programmes
    • Bookkeeping

Ikhala TVET College

A number of previous Technical Colleges were merged to form Ikhala Public College (Ikhala College). Based in the Northern region of the Eastern Cape, it has campuses in Aliwal North, Queenstown, Sterkspruit, Ezibeleni, and Queen Nonesi (Lady Frere). 

Ikhala Public  TVET College offers report 191 and National Vocational courses in:

  • Accounting
  • I.T.
  • Office Administration
  • General Management
  • Engineering
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Engineering and Building
  • Electrical Infrastructure

Ingwe TVET College

Ingwe College positions itself as a world-class institution of learning, training and development and spans five campuses. Their mission is to provide you with diverse quality technical vocational education and training that will make you thrive in our economy. 

The TVET college specialises in Business Studies and Engineering courses.

King Hintsa TVET College

King Hintsa College aims to provide you with integrated theoretical and practical experience, exposure to the industry you want to enter, and a meaningful qualification to go with it. You can choose to study a National Certificate, a Report 191 programme (in business or in engineering), or choose from a range of short courses.

The TVET College offers National Certificate Vocational courses in a range of subjects including:

  • Tourism
  • IT
  • Hospitality
  • Agriculture
  • Engineering
  • Business studies

King Sabata Dalindyebo TVET College

King Sabata Dalindyebo College is based in the Eastern Region of the Eastern Cape and spans seven campuses. 

You can choose to study towards a qualification in:

  • Engineering
  • IT and Computer Science
  • Business Management
  • Agriculture
  • Education 
  • Logistics
  • Hospitality and Tourism

Lovedale TVET College

The former Zwelethemba Technical College from Zwelitsha, Lovedale Community College from Alice and the satellite campus of East London College in King William’s Town merged to form Lovedale College

Lovedale College primarily offers finance, business, and Engineering courses, including an online MBA degree course.

Port Elizabeth TVET College

Port Elizabeth College aims to equip you with the relevant practical skills to realise your dreams and aspirations. It has three main campuses: Russell Road Campus, Iqhayiya Campus, and Dower Campus and offers a range of study courses. 

You can choose to study:

  • National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (Nated)
  • National Certificate Vocational
    • Business Studies
    • Engineering Studies
    • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Occupational Studies
    • A range of occupational programmes including learnerships, apprenticeships and skills programmes from bookkeeping and cooking to furniture making and early childhood development

TVET Colleges in the Free State

Browse TVET Colleges in the Free State Province based in the Matheo region, Fezile Dabi District, Welkom and more.

Flavius Mareka TVET College

Flavius Mareka College takes training and education to South African communities through its three campuses’ full-time and part-time programmes. You can study towards National Certificate Vocational qualifications, Report 191 programmes, university preparation courses, or learnership and skills programmes.

You can pursue qualifications across a range of subjects including:

  • Engineering
  • Office Administration
  • Electrical Infrastructure
  • Business and Management
  • Basic Computer Training
  • Hairdressing
  • Welding
  • Chemical plant operation

Goldfields TVET College

The wide variety of courses and learnerships on offer at Goldfields TVET College aims to teach you invaluable life skills to help you succeed in the competitive world of work. The College is spread over 4 campuses mostly based in Welkom. They offer a range of National Accredited Technical Education Diploma, National Certificate Vocational, and Report 191 courses.

Goldfields TVET college offers courses in:

  • Engineering
  • Electrical Infrastructure
  • Technical Drawing
  • Educare
  • Marketing
  • Office Admin
  • Hospitality
  • Finance, Economics and Accounting
  • Tourism Management
  • Transport and Logistics. 

The application process involves an online placement test and an application form you have to fill in. You can find all these on Goldfields College’s website.

Maluti TVET College

Maluti College is an award-nominated multi-site college located in the North Eastern Free State. It was announced as a Vision 2030 Award finalist in 2017 for the Driver for Change Award category. 

Its course offering focuses predominantly on Management as well as Engineering. So, this is perfect for you if you are an aspiring professional manager.

Motheo TVET College

The Motheo College is a multi-purpose provider that strives to be a visionary and innovative provider of excellence, responsive to the community, business, and industry needs. 

Motheo TVET College has various courses to choose from:

  • Business Studies
  • Engineering
  • Hair Care and Beauty Tech
  • Artisan and Skills training

TVET Colleges in Gauteng

We’ve collected a list of TVET Colleges based in the Gauteng province.
Find TVET colleges in Johannesburg Central, Ekurhuleni, Sedibeng, the City of Tshwane, the East Rand and the West Rand and more.

Central Johannesburg TVET College

Central Johannesburg College (CJC) provides an array of qualifications ranging from NQF Level 2 to NQF Level 4. You can choose to enrol at one of its eight campuses, namely Ellis Park, Parktown, Alexandra, Riverlea, Langlaagte, Crown Mines, Smit Street and Troyeville.

The college offers nationally accredited courses in:

  • Business Studies
  • Engineering Studies
  • Humanities
  • ICT

Ekurhuleni East TVET College

Ekurhuleni East College (EEC) boasts campuses in five towns of Ekurhuleni, namely Springs, Benoni, Kwa-Thema, Brakpan, and Daveyton. You can choose to enrol at the campus that is closest to you. 

The TVET College offers a wide range of courses including:

  • Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • I.T.
  • Hospitality and Tourism  

Ekurhuleni West TVET College

Ekurhuleni West College is another public college based in Ekurhuleni. They offer a wide range of qualifications and courses

Ekurhuleni West TVET college offers courses in the following disciplines:

  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Utility Studies (hospitality education, and tourism)
  • Occupational Programmes (hairdressing, cosmetology, engineering, and I.T.)  

Sedibeng TVET College

Sedibeng College is considered one of the best performing TVETs in Gauteng. It aims to always provide qualifications that meet the expectations and needs of industry, commerce, and the community within the TVET sector.

If this sounds like the college for you, you can enrol for a qualification in:

  • Finance, Economics and Accounting
  • Engineering Studies
  • I.T. and Computer Science
  • Hospitality
  • Marketing
  • Office Administration
  • Skills and Artisan Training

South West Gauteng TVET College

South West Gauteng College is accredited by Umalusi and several Sector Education and Training Authorities (Seta’s) to offer education and training. The college has campuses spread across Soweto, Randburg, and Roodepoort and with over 30 000 enrollments, the college is one of the biggest colleges in the country.

This TVET college provides a wide range of courses in:

  • Engineering Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Utility Studies
  • Skills Programmes
  • Leadership Skills  

You can enrol to study at South West Gauteng College with your Grade 9, 11 or 12 year-end school report.

Tshwane North TVET College

Tshwane North College is committed to being a leader in the TVET sector to improve the quality of the lives of South Africans. 

A good example is the student assessment drive they had a couple of years ago, where they screened students for learning barriers before they enrol for courses. They identified socio-economic factors and poor study skills as major drivers for student dropout rates. They have used this information to plan an intervention to address these challenges. 

If this sounds like the perfect college for you, you can choose to enrol for a qualification in:

  • Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Business Studies
  • Engineering Studies
  • Skills Programmes

Tshwane South TVET College

Tshwane South College is a result of three former Technical Colleges merging, namely Atteridgeville, Centurion and Pretoria West. The college aims to eradicate inequality, poverty and unemployment by equipping young people with valuable vocational and occupationally directed skills.   

You can enrol for courses in:

  • Office Administration
  • Engineering
  • I.T.
  • Finance, Economics and Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality

Western TVET College (Westcol)

Western College (Westcol) was born when Carletonville College and Randfontein College merged. The college is based in The Westrand and has five campuses. 

Westcol College has a variety of study programs you can choose from in:

  • Engineering
  • Business Studies
  • General Studies.

TVET Colleges in KwaZulu Natal

To help you find TVET Colleges in Kwa-Zulu Natal, we’ve gathered 9 TVET Colleges in the province.
Find TVET Colleges based in KZN’s major centres, including Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, Port Shepstone, Newcastle, Ladysmith and more.

Coastal KZN TVET College

Coastal KZN TVET College is the largest college in KwaZulu Natal. It formed as a merger of the former Durban Technical College, Swinton Road Technical College and Umlazi Technical College.

This TVET college is well known for catering for adult learners, whether unemployed, employed or out of school youth. Some of the courses you can enrol for at Coastal College are:

  • Tourism
  • Engineering Studies
  • Electrical Infrastructure
  • Hospitality
  • Business Studies
  • Education and Development
  • Primary Agriculture  

Elangeni TVET College

Elangeni TVET College has eight campuses that offer full-time, part-time and long distance learning. 

The college has a range of programmes that you can choose from. These are:

  •  I.T.
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Agriculture
  • Hospitality
  • Safety in Society
  • Skills Courses

Esayidi TVET College

Esayidi College is a merger of the previous Port Shepstone and Enyenyezi Technical Colleges. It has six campuses and five community development centres in the Southern KwaZulu Natal Region. 

The TVET College offers a wide range of courses to choose from such as:

  • Business and Financial Management
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Office Administration
  • Engineering  

Majuba TVET College

Majuba College has made it its mission to positively impact the community, social development and the environment. They’re the key TVET in the Amajuba and Umzinyathi Districts, with seven campuses including Newcastle, Madadeni and Dundee.  

The TVET College offers a diverse range of programmes including:

  • Business Studies
  • Engineering
  • Management
  • Agriculture
  • Artisan Studies.  

Mnambithi TVET College

Ladysmith Technical College, Ezakheni Technical College, Ezakheni Ex-college of Education and Ezakheni Skills Centre merged to form Mnambithi College. The college is located in Ladysmith and Estcourt and offers a wide range of courses. 

You can enrol for a qualification in:

  • Electrical Infrastructure Construction
  • Education and Development
  • I.T.
  • Human Resource Management
  • Safety in Society

Mthashana TVET College

Mthashana College positions itself as the “glimmer of hope” to many young people in KwaZulu Natal’s rural and underdeveloped communities. Its location in the Northern Region of KZN places the TVET college in the unique position to train and educate the predominantly needy communities.

You can enrol for  courses in: 

  • Engineering
  • Business Studies
  • Office administration
  • Electrical Infrastructure Construction

Thekwini TVET College

Thekwini College has six campuses across KwaZulu Natal. These are in Asherville, Cato Manor, Melbourne, Springfield, and Umbilo.

They have local, provincial, national and international partners that help them offer high-quality courses in:

  • Business and General Studies
  • Maritime Studies
  • Computer and Info Systems
  • Engineering Studies

Umfolozi TVET College

Umfolozi College has five main campuses: Chief Albert Luthuli, Eshowe, Esikhawini, Mandeni and Richards Bay. It offers a wide range of certifications from National Diplomas and Certificates to skills and artisan training programs. 

The courses you can pick from include:

  • Engineering and Business Management 
  • Primary Agriculture
  • Primary Health
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Plant Operation
  • Artisan and Vocational training

The college’s extensive selection of skills programmes also ensures that it meets the need for skills training at a grassroots level.

Umgungundlovu TVET College

Umgungundlovu College’s mission is to provide you with a qualification and personal fulfilment as a lifelong learner. The TVET College is located in Midlands and has five campuses located in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas. 

You can choose to study courses in one of their three faculties:

  • National Certificate Vocational
    • Office Administration
    • Education and Development
    • Transport and Logistics
    • Hospitality and Tourism
    • Primary Health
  • Business Studies
  • Engineering

TVET Colleges in Limpopo

We’ve gathered 7 TVET Colleges in Limpopo's major cities and towns, including Polokwane, Lephalale, and Tzaneen.

Capricorn TVET College

Capricorn College was born after the merger of the former distinct and diverse Pietersburg Technical College (PTC), Bochum College of Education and the Northern Province Community College (NPCC). The TVET College provides programmes that equip you with theoretical and practical skills. 

You can pursue a qualification in:

  •  Business Studies
  • Engineering Studies
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Plant Operation
  • Marketing
  • Office Administration
  • Transport and logistics
  • General and Utility Studies

The practical components of these courses are sometimes offered in real or simulated workplace environments.

Lephalale TVET College

Lephalale College’s mission is to provide young people with the technical skills needed to succeed in the labour market. In doing so, they are striving to alleviate poverty, illiteracy, and unemployment. It has two campuses namely, Lephalale Campus and Modimolle Campus.

The TVET College offers programmes in:

  • Engineering
  • Business Studies
  • Office Administration
  • I.T.
  • Hospitality
  • Skills Courses

All you need to enrol is your ID document and your first or second term grade 12 results.

Letaba TVET College

Letaba College exposes you to the work environment through its integrated and experiential learning methods. The TVET College has three Campuses: Giyani, Maake, and Tzaneen.

You can choose to enrol for programmes like:

  • Business Management
  • Office Administration
  • Finance, Economics and Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Tourism
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Transport and Logistics

Mopani South East TVET College

Mopani South East College has two campuses and a Hotel School, namely Phalaborwa, Sir Val Duncan, and Mošate Hotel School.

It offers a wide variety of courses ranging from:

  • Business Management
  • Office Administration
  • Engineering
  • I.T.
  • Marketing
  • Professional Cookery and Assistant Chef

Sekhukhune TVET College

Sekhukhune TVET College is a product of the merger between two former colleges named CS Barlow and CN Phatudi. It’s based in the South Eastern part of Limpopo mainly catering to the rural areas of Greater Sekhukhune. 

The college offers the following programmes:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • I.T.
  • Utility Studies

Vhembe TVET College

Vhembe College is considered one of the most progressive TVET colleges in Limpopo, because of its coherent systems and initiatives that support teaching and learning. The TVET college has six campuses, namely Makwarela, Mashamba, Mavhoi, Tshisimani, Thengwe, Shingwedzi, and the Makhado Satellite Campus.  

The college offers courses in

  • Engineering
  • Business Studies
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Clothing Production.

Waterberg TVET College

Waterberg College is based across the Lepelle-Nkumbi and Mogalakwena municipalities. The TVET College has three campuses, namely Lebowakgomo Campus,  Mahwelereng Campus, and Mokopane Campus. 

You can enrol for the following courses at the college:

  • Business Studies
  • Engineering Studies
  • IT and Computer Sciences

TVET Colleges in Mpumalanga

We’ve gathered 3 TVET Colleges located in Mpumalanga’s major regions that include Nelspruit, Ermelo and Witbank.

Ehlanzeni TVET College

Ehlanzeni College describes its purpose as the provision of program-based vocational and occupational training within the further education and training band.

The TVET College has a wide range of courses you can enrol for like:

  • Business Management
  • Engineering
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Public Management
  • Hospitality
  • Educare

Gert Sibande TVET College

Gert Sibande College has six campuses located in Balfour, Ermelo, Evander, Mpuluzi, Standerton, and Perdekop. The TVET College is ideal if you’re looking to obtain a Senior Certificate or an Engineering certificate. It also provides corporate training for specific needs. 

You can enrol for the following courses:

  • Office Administration
  • Electrical Infrastructure Construction
  • Civil Engineering Construction
  • Engineering Related Design
  • Marketing
  • Finance, Economics & Accounting
  • Generic Management
  • Technology & Computer Science
  • Hospitality
  • Business Studies

Nkangala TVET College

Nkangala College is the largest TVET college in Mpumalanga and was formed in 2003 with the merger of Witbank, Middelburg, Mpondozankomo, and CN Mahlangu campuses (formerly Technical Colleges) in the Nkangala region. The Waterval boven Campus was transferred in 2011 from Ehlanzeni FET College. Nkangala College predominantly serves the community in the province’s Nkangala region, a largely rural area.

The following programmes are offered at Nkangala College:

  • Civil Engineering and Building Construction
  • Electrical Infrastructure Construction
  • Engineering and Related Design
  • Finance, Economics and Accounting
  • I.T. and Computer Sciences and
  • Office Administration. 
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism

TVET Colleges in the Northern Cape

In the Northern Cape Province, we have listed the information available for the Northern Cape Rural TVET College below.

Northern Cape Rural TVET College

Northern Cape Rural TVET College’s mission is to empower you with quality knowledge and skills through affordable and accessible vocational training. The college has five campuses based in De Aar, Kathu, Kuruman, Namaqualand, and Upington. 

If this sounds like the perfect college for you, here are some of the courses that might interest you:

  • Engineering Studies
  • Financial Management
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources
  • Management Assistant
  • Office Administration
  • Public Management

Northern Cape Urban TVET College

Northern Cape Urban TVET College aims to provide relevant and excellent education and training to its students. A variety of courses are offered at their three campuses: City Campus,  Moremogolo Campus and Phatsimang Campus. 

If this sounds like the perfect college for you, here are some of the courses that might interest you:

  • National Certificate Vocational Programmes
  • Business Studies
  • Natural Sciences
  • Occupational Courses

TVET Colleges in the North West Province

There are currently 3 TVET Colleges in the North West Province including Orbit TVET College, Taletso TVET College and Vuselela TVET College.

ORBIT TVET College

Orbit College aims to provide high-quality education and training that is affordable, relevant, learner-centred and contributes to individuals’ total development. The college is spread over three campuses: Brits, Mankwe, and Rustenburg. Orbit College is ideal if you’re an aspiring engineer or business professional. 

The TVET College provides courses in:

  • Business Studies
  • Engineering Studies
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism

Taletso TVET College

Taletso College is a product of a merger between Lehurutshe College of Education, Lichtenburg College, and Mafikeng College. The TVET college courses are work-related, preparing you to enter the job market immediately after you graduate. 

Here are the following courses you can enrol for at the college:

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Management
  • Engineering Studies
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Office Administration
  • Social Sciences

Vuselela TVET College

Vuselela College is spread across three campuses: Jouberton, Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom and Taung. They provide accredited Scarce Skills, and occupational programmes and impart knowledge to students to prepare them to meet the present and future needs of industry and the SA economy. 

Vuselela offers a wide range of nationally examined and certified programmes you can enrol for. These are:

  • Business Management
  • Civil Engineering & Building Construction
  • Engineering & Related Design
  • Finance, Economics & Accounting
  • Electrical Infrastructure Construction
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resource Management
  • IT & Computer Science
  • Marketing Management
  • Office Administration
  • Primary Agriculture
  • Public Management
  • Tourism

TVET Colleges in the Western Cape

We’ve collected TVET Colleges based in the Western Cape.
Explore TVET Colleges in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs and Northern Suburbs, and further across the Western Cape, including TVET Colleges in the Garden route, George and other regions.

Boland TVET College

Boland College has five Caledon, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Strand and Worcester campuses. The TVET College offers programmes that teach you the theory and practical skills related to a particular vocational field. These skills then aim to help you succeed in that vocational industry after you graduate. 

The courses you can enrol for at the college are:

  • Agriculture
  • Civil Engineering & Building Construction
  • Engineering Studies
  • Engineering & Related Design
  • Economic Management Sciences
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • I.T.
  • Office Management
  • Safety and Securit
  • Social Sciences

College of Cape Town

College of Cape Town is considered one of the largest TVET colleges in South Africa. It has eight campuses, namely Athlone, City, Crawford, Gardens, Gugulethu, Pinelands, Thornton, and Wynberg Campus.

The college provides a diverse range of programmes you can choose from like:

  • Art and Design
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Building and Civil
  • Business Studies
  • Education and Training
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Hospitality Services
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • I.T.
  • Travel and Tourism

False Bay TVET College

False Bay College has a diverse range of programmes on offer, with a special focus on apprenticeship training. The areas you can receive this training in are: 

  • Automotive Body Repair
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Electrical
  • Fitting and Turning
  • Masonry
  • Motor Mechanics
  • Plumbing
  • Spray-Painting
  • Welding and Fabrication

The TVET college also offers courses in 2D Animation, Business Management, Education Studies, Engineering, Hospitality, I.T., Safety in Society, Tourism, and Yacht and Boat Building. 

You can choose to enroll as a full time student or you can opt for part time classes or distance learning.

Northlink College

Northlink College is the result of a merger of four colleges in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, namely Bellville Technical College, Protea College, Tygerberg College, and Wingfield Technical College.

The TVET college’s name is a combination of its geographical location in Cape Town and the linking of the former colleges. 

The college’s seven campuses offers a wide range of courses in:

  • Engineering
  • Business Studies 
  • Hospitality
  • Office Administration
  • Primary Health
  • Safety in Society
  • Tourism

South Cape TVET College

South Cape College was the pilot site for College mergers in South Africa. It’s a result of a merger between the former George Technical College, Oudtshoorn Technical College, South Cape Technical Institute in George, and Mossel Bay College. After the college’s successful merger, other colleges followed suit.

The TVET college’s six campuses are based across the Garden Route and the Klein Karoo, and offer courses in:

  • Engineering
  • Hospitality
  • Office Administration
  • I.T.
  • Safety in Society
  • Tourism

West Coast TVET College

West Coast College aims to equip its students with integrated theoretical and practical experience and exposure to successfully enter the working world. These skills may also help you become an entrepreneur or enter university, depending on your subject choices. 

The TVET college offers courses in:

  • Business Studies
  • Engineering Studies
  • Primary Health
  • Education and Development
  • Tourism

Fund studying at TVET college in South Africa

Studying at a public TVET is one of the best studying options you can choose. They are all registered with the DHET and you can qualify for funding. They are fully equipped to educate and train you, with a variety of courses that you can choose from to kickstart your career. 

If you want to study at a TVET college in South Africa and you are looking for funding – you should consider Fundi. We provide affordable payback rates while providing for everyone’s potential study needs, including fees, accommodation, textbooks, technology, and more.

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