IDC-Online National Technical Diploma's


National Diploma: Engineering

Start your engineering career by studying with IDC Technologies (IDC) for your N4, N5 and N6 Certificates in engineering then add work experience to earn your National Diploma: Engineering.

Each of the three levels helps to give you a background in the fundamentals. You can choose a total duration of 9 or 18 months, depending upon the workload you select. After you have finished studying each N level you will write an external exam, and when passed you'll receive a Certificate from the Department of Education.

Finish all 3 N levels and you can use on-the-job experience for at least 2 years in your chosen field you earn your National Diploma: Engineering.

Check the details - Before you apply, please review the summary below, or click on the image above to download the brochure. 


Read More about the N4, N5 and N6 here.


 How to apply

For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Sisipho Phakmisa on 011 024 5520.



   Admission Requirements

To apply to study for the N4 Certificate, you'll need your Senior Certificate (Matric / Grade 12), with Maths and Science, each at a passrate of 40% or higher, OR your N3 Certificate with Maths and Science.

To apply to study the N5 or N6 Certificates, you'll need to have the N Certificate at the prior level (N4 for N5, N5 for N6).


  Choose your field of interest

You can choose from 4 streams:

Electrical Engineering

You'll be in demand when you learn the fundamentals of electrical components, equipment and systems used in industry and commerce.

Electronics Engineering

Be at the leading edge of modern engineering with your knowledge of electronics. You'll learn hot topics such as industrial and digital electronics, industrial instrumentation and communication electronics.

Industrial Instrumentation Engineering

Learn about the tools and techniques that are used to control and monitor modern industrial facilities. Well trained instrument technicians are in demand.

Mechanical Engineering

Become one of the innovators who helps to develop new products and more efficient processes. You'll learn how to draw and design for engineering, how to make the best use of the tight materials to make a product, the fundamentals of mechanotechnics, hydraulics and more. 


  Choose your workload

Each N level will take either 3 months (one trimester) or 6 months - your choice. This means that studying all 3 N levels (N4, N5 and N6) will take you a total of 9 or 18 months. If you choose the shorter duration, you'll need to study for more hours each week.

Within each level there are 4 subjects and each subject requires 30 hours' attendance (this can be via online lecturers, tutorials and workshops). An additional 15 hours per subject is recommended for self-study (60 hours in total for 4 subjects). If you studies 4 subjects at once, that means 120 hours attendance would be required, plus 60 hours for self-study. That adds to a total commitment of 180 hours per N level for 4 subjects.

If you aim for 9 months to study all 3 N levels, you'll need to allocate 15 hours per week (180 hours per level each trimester, divided by 12 weeks).

If you prefer 18 months, you only need to study 2 subjects per trimester, and your workload will halve.


  Choose your learning method

What do you prefer: the flexibility and convenience of online study or traditional face-to-face classes?

Most students like to be able to study from their home or office, without spending time on travelling to a campus or classroom. IDC are experts in making sure that online learning is easily managed and gets results. You'll be able to join live classes, where the instructor is talking to you live in real time in a "virtual classroom", complete with a virtual whiteboard, projector, chat area and more. You can even "raise your hand" during the session and ask questions as you go. Between lectures and tutorials you'll have access to a special password protected website where you can contact the instructor if you have queries, download study materials, message other students, upload assignments and more.

You'll be supported all the way by a dedicated Course Coordinator who wants to help you succeed and is only a phone call or email away.

Read more about online learning here

If you prefer to join live classes, IDC will soon be offering these in major centres around South Africa.


  Check the costs, choose your payment method

The fee per N level is R8 600.00, or R2 150.00 per subject, plus a registration fee of R100.00 (all including VAT).

The Department of Education fee for each exam (one per level) is R500.00.

You will also need to budget about R1 000.00 for the necessary text and reference books for each level.

You can pay for each level upfront, or via six (6) monthly instalments. To pay by monthly instalments there is a 5% administration fee added to the R8 600.00, therefore the monthly fee is R1 505.00.


  Check the course start and exam dates

For the current course schedule, click here

External examinations are written in March - April; July - August and November each year according to the Department of Higher Education and Training, Examination Timetable. These examinations are administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Successful Students receive a National Certificate issued by the Department of Education after each course is completed.

IDC students can write examinations at any Examination Centre closest to their residences. Once students are registered with IDC, they inform IDC where they prefer writing the examination and IDC will facilitate the examination registration.


Important note regarding minimum numbers

Please note that IDC Technologies reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses if required student enrolment numbers are not achieved. We will communicate with you as the start date approaches if this is going to occur, and we will endeavour to arrange other options for you. 


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