How much does it cost to study at a TVET college?

The fees for studying at a public TVET college are reasonable to ensure that they are affordable. The Department of Higher Education and Training subsidises 80% of the delivery costs and bursaries and loans are available to assist students to pay for tuition fees. In 2015 approximately 200 000 students at TVET Colleges will benefit from DHET bursaries administered by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

The costs of courses vary considerably. Here are some examples of fees charged for different TVET courses.

Examples of fees charged for TVET courses
Please note that these fees may have changed after this table was compiled.

TVET College Title of Course NQF Level Duration Cost
False Bay National Certificate: Information Technology System Support 5 1 year R 29,400
False Bay Skills Programme: Assistant Chef 2 6 months R 8,000
False Bay Skills Programme: Waitron Training 2 1 month R 1,750
False Bay Further Education & Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development (ECD) 4 18 months R 16,500
False Bay Engineering: Motor Mechanics, Electrical N1-N3 N/A 30 weeks R 15,520
Coastal Short course: Cabinet Making N/A 56 hours R3,725
Coastal Short course: Haircare N/A 6 months R 7 760
Coastal Business Management (N4-N6) 2-4 1 year per level R 13,698 per year
Coastal National Certificate (Vocational): Finance, Economics and Accounting 2-4 1 year per level R 7,521
per year
Tshwane North Skills Programme: Craft and Confectionery Baking 2 1 year R 6,800
Tshwane North Short course: Events management N/A 12 weeks R 2,450
Tshwane North National Certificate (Vocational): Business Studies; Finance, Economics and Accounting 2 1 year R 8,000
Tshwane North National Certificate (Vocational): General/Utility Studies: Hospitality 4 1 year (last year of a 3-year course) R 13,700
Tshwane North Business Studies: Legal Secretary N4-N6 6 6 months per N-Level R 2,250 per N-Level