1. Is IDC Technologies accredited to run these programs?

Yes, we have been provided accreditation to run the N4-N5 Engineering programs and our reference number for this is QCTO NATED/15/0127

IDC Technologies is provisionally  registered as a  Private Higher Education Institution with the Department of Higher Education & Training) - DHET - Certificate No. 2016/HE07/001.


2. Will I receive Credits for the different subjects for these programs to study further?

Some universities do RPL and provide recognition and credits towards a degree – but in general this is not an acceptable entry requirement for Degree studies. However it does provide some credits to some of the modules in the degree programs.


3. Is this qualification recognized by ECSA? 

The National Technical Diploma is recognized by ECSA for registration as a Professional Technician.


4. Can a T qualification be converted to an N qualification?

The T courses are the previous Technikon courses before they were integrated into the Universities. The T courses cannot be converted to N courses but we can do a RPL Assessment and provide the person with credits for the N courses.


5. What NQF Level is applied to the N4-N6

For those who have been waiting for clarification on the N programs, the N qualifications and part qualifications have been registered by SAQA – in terms of section 36© of the NQF ACT, ACT 67 of 2008.

The National N Diploma at NQF Level 6, consisting of N4+N5+N6 (in the same field of study) + either 18 months of 24 months of evaluated work place learning.

The duration of the evaluated workplace learning is determined by the duration of the relevant N programs. In cases where the N programs are one of the trimester duration, twenty four (24) months of practical workplace learning is required where the N programs are of six months duration, the practical workplace experience is eighteen (18) months.

For full details of the qualification and part qualifications please click on the following link to SAQA:


NQF Level Technikons & Universities of Technology
6 N6 National Higher Diploma
5 N5
4 (S4) [T4] N4 National Diploma
2 (S3) [T3] N3
  (S2) [T2] N2
1 (S1) [T1] N1


6. Where to after I have completed my N4-N6?

  • These levels follow on from one another. When choosing a module, you must first have passed the module at the lower level. Before you can be awarded a qualification, you must have completed the required number of credits; and the modules must be completed at the required NQF level.
  • Plan your studies using the information below.

  • The National Diploma leads to the Baccalaureus in Technology (B-Tech) or to a National Higher Diploma (NHD).

New NQF level Vocational Professional General
10   Doctoral degree Doctoral degree
9   Master's degree Master's degree
8 Postgraduate diploma Postgraduate diploma Bachelor's degree Honours degree Bachelor's degree
7 Advanced diploma Bachelor's degree Advanced diploma Bachelor's degree
6 Diploma (240 credits and 360 credits) Diploma  
6 Advanced certificate (12 credits)    
5 Higher certificate (120 credits)    


7. What are the pre-requisites?

For N4 – Students need to be in possession of a Senior Certificate with Maths and Science or a N3 Certificate with Maths and Science.

For N5 – Relevant N4 Course

For N6 – Relevant N5 Course


8. What National Technical Program Preparation process does IDC have?

We will have three six months sessions where we handle two subjects per week for two sessions of 1 hour 30 minutes. The student completes the formative assessment during the online sessions and assignments are given to the students to complete. We put together a portfolio of evidence which is sent to the examinations center where he/she will write examination. IDC will provide additional online support via tutorials and subject problem solving discussion and support. We will also make a progress report available after three months so that the Sponsor/Student can identify their level of engagement and if they would require additional Support. If successful, the student will enroll for the next two subjects of the relevant Certificate. After completing all the subject’s minimum of four N4, four N5 and four N6 subjects they can put a portfolio together of their work experience signed by the employer and submit to the Department of Education for the Issuing of the relevant National Technical Diploma. It is important to mention that their work experience must be in-line with the subjects passed at N4, N5, and N6 level.

This is the Process that we put in place to prepare and support the students to achieve the National Technical Diploma.


9. What books are required?

You need to budget about R1000.00 per N4, N5 and N6 Certificate for books which you are required to obtain over and above the fees charged for the program/s.


10. What are the Hardware and Software Requirements?

You need an adequate Internet connection, PC, Speakers and a microphone. The software package will be sent to you prior to the start of the program with instructions.


11. What happens if I need to postpone or withdraw from an advanced diploma course?

(i) Withdraw prior to the course start:

On the enrolment forms we state: a “fee equivalent to 1 monthly installment (approximately 6% of the total course fee) will apply for the written cancellations received less than 14 days prior to the commencement date of the course. However substitutes are welcome.” This applies to all payment options.

(ii) Postponement after the course has started:

If a student needs to suspend studies but definitely intends to re-join a future course, then at the time of the postponement the student completes a course withdrawal declaration form. The student can re-join at the point where a subsequent class reaches the last Module in the course that he or she has successfully completed. Are-joining fee of R350.00 will apply to a student to complete the course – in practice this means that the students will need to re-join so that there is time to finish within 3 years of the original start date. Students can only postpone and re-join twice, and after this it is treated as a full withdrawal (please see below).

(iii) Full withdrawal:

If a student decides to withdraw completely from a National Technical Diploma course a R200.00 withdrawal fee may apply.

Students are asked to complete the withdrawal declaration form.

Students who have paid in advance (payment option 1) can apply for a pro-rata refund for the fee paid. The refund will consist of the balance after deductions for:

  1. Modules attended by the student up to the point where the Course Coordinator receives written notice of the students request for withdrawal. The withdrawal declaration form must be received before the first topic is commenced (and even if no assignment is submitted) otherwise the module is deemed to have been attended and the full fee for that module is due. Therefore it is important to submit the form as soon as the decision is made.

  2. The R200.00 withdrawal fee.

  3. The value of any courses reference manuals supplied by the EIT in advance. This will be determined by the Course coordinator.

Students who have chosen to pay monthly installments do not receive a full refund on full withdrawal. Payment of all installments is required up to and including the Module where the student provided the IDC with the completed withdrawal declaration form. As applies to students who pay in advance, the withdrawal declaration form must be received before the first topic is commenced (and even if no assignment is submitted) otherwise the module is deemed to have been attended and the full fee for that module is due. Therefore it is important to submit the form as soon as the decision is made. If paying by instalments, the course reference complimentary manuals are provided in batches and arrears, so there is no need for a deduction for those materials.


12. What is e-learning?

Our e-learning program are designed for engineers, technicians an electricians who refer not to be limited by time or distance and need to develop skills and knowledge in a particular subject.

E-learning is a form of distant learning, where some or all of the course components are presented online. In the e-learning environment the presenter of the material and participants are not physically present in the same room. Instead, they can meet in a “virtual” room. In our courses, the material is shared via the internet in a live “webinar”.

Out e-learning courses incorporate a live approach, also referred to as the synchronous or video-conferencing approach. This ensures that the training is interactive, which maintains the motivation and discipline necessary for successful completion. The live sessions are supported with reading and assignment work.

You will be required to “log in” to your webinar classroom at a pre-arranged time together with several other participants from all over the world. The moderator in attendance will be a real instructor/presenter, qualifies and experienced in the particular topic. The presentation (or live webinar) is usually between 60 and 90 minutes, but this can vary depending on the number of questions from students. At any stage the instructor can be signaled if queries on the course material exist. After each presentation there is a question and answer session where you can talk to the instructor, as well as to other participants.


13. How does it work?

The course consists of a number of modules (this varies from course to course) over a given time period involving live, interactive webinars. Some modules may involve a practical component or group activity. For each module there is an initial reading assignment along with coursework or problems to be handed in and practical exercises in some cases. You will have access to ongoing support from instructors via e-mail, Moodle or Skype.


14. What do live webinars involve?

These are live, interactive sessions over the internet. You will join the instructor and other participants around the country/Africa in an online “virtual classroom” where you are able to watch a presentation, and communicate with the instructor and other students via audio, text messaging or drawing on the whiteboard. Each webinar is between 60 and 90 minutes in duration and will be scheduled at 2 or 3 varying times, so you can select the session which is most convenient.


15. What if I cannot join or I miss a live webcast?

Webinars are recorded and available to students upon request, however to receive the certificate of completion a minimum of 70% of live webinars must be attended. The live webinars offer the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants from around the globe, which is an essential part of the learning process.

We do have a few students on the current courses who work on-site and therefore cannot always attend webinars during the scheduled time. For special circumstances such as this we will negotiate the minimum attendance and usually agree that provided they watch the recordings and provide feedback, attend when they can and do all assignments on time, then this may be acceptable. This is negotiated on a case by case basis.


16. Can I talk to my instructor throughout the session or is all the communication one-sided?

Communication with the instructor is encouraged via microphone, drawing on the whiteboard or by typing in the chat box.


17. What hardware and software do I require?

A participant’s computer is referred to as the “client” machine. The following are recommended configurations. Slightly less powerful machines may still work reasonably well, but faster is better.

Windows Client:

  • Browser based, preferably Google Chrome
  • Pentium III 500MHz processor
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 10MB free disk space
  • Soundcard with headset

Mac Client:

  • Browser based, preferably Google Chrome
  • G3 233 MHz
  • 64 MB RAM (Os9), 128 MB RAM (OS X)
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Soundcard with headset

SPARC Solaris Client:

  • Browser based, preferably Google Chrome
  • UltraSPARC IIc 300 MHz
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Soundcard with headset

Java Desktop System Client:

  • Browser based, preferably Google Chrome
  • Pentium III 1 GHz processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Soundcard with headset


18. Do I really need a headset?

Headsets are recommended for sound quality and to avoid feedback through the microphone. Built-in loudspeakers and microphones will work, but are not ideal. Even when microphone problems occur, the presentation can be followed with audio alone. Feedback or questions can be types using the direct messaging tool. We do strongly recommend a microphone for optimum interactivity.


19. Who can assist me if I have technical difficulties with the software?

We ask that you install and test the software well before any webinars. Due to company firewalls, you may experience initial problems which we will work through a correct well beforehand. It is recommended that you approach your company’s IT department to assist with a test connection prior to the course start date.


20. What level of computer skills do I need to have?

We recommend that you have basic computer skills. The webinar software is very user friendly and easy to use. Most problems are experienced during initial setup of the software (usually due to firewalls) so if you have limited computer knowledge we recommend you have some technical support nearby.


21. Are there exams?

There are exams and these are written in line with the Government Exam Calendar. We will have a number of centers around the country that have entered into agreements with where you can write the exams with an invigilator present. A list of these centers will be made available to you prior the exams. 


22. How much time do I need to spend on the course every week?

The theoretical component of this qualification will require a time commitment of 6 months of study per course. The theoretical component is complimented with 24 months practical experience in the respective area of study which will lead to the achievement of the National Technical Diploma.

Each N4, N5 and N6, subject requires 30 hours attendance online. There are 4 subjects, thus meaning you require 120 hours attendance online. In addition, you need to plan for 60 hours self-study for each certificate (or 15 hours per subject). This requires you to dedicate at least 7-10 hours per week in total to achieve success.

You will attend 3 tutorial sessions per week online, each of 1.5 hours or in the evening after 6pm. In addition you are required to spend another 3 hours on assignments (mainly problem-solving), labs and self-study.

You will be required to attend at least 70% of these tutorial sessions (from any location as long as you have an internet connection).


International students:

Who must apply for a student number?

You must apply for IDC Technologies student number if you have never before registered a formal qualification with us. A formal qualification is a higher certificate, diploma, degree, honors degree, postgraduate certificate, master’s degree or doctoral degree. You do not need to apply for admission to IDC Technologies if you want to register for a short learning program.


How do I apply for admission?

Speak to our staff who will provide you with the necessary documentation.


What are the admission requirements for IDC Technologies qualifications?

The admission to IDC Technologies is dependent on you meeting the minimum admission requirements for your chosen qualification. Based on that qualification, IDC Technologies may set additional requirements: college-specific and/or qualification-specific requirements.


I completed my schooling or undergraduate studies outside South Africa, do I qualify?

(i) Undergraduate applications:

For a list of acceptable school qualifications for admission per country, visit http://he-enrol.ac.za/qualification-country.

(ii) How do I pay the Registration fee?

The online application fee is R100.00. You can pay the fee via SWIFT payment:

Beneficiary: IDC Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Bank: Standard Bank

Account number: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Branch code: 018105

SWIFT code: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 


What Documents do I need to submit when applying for a submission to IDC?

(i) Undergraduate applications:

  • Certified copy of your school qualifications. For a list of acceptable school qualifications per country, visit http://he-enrol.ac.za/qualification-country
  • Certified copy to your tertiary academic quualifications (if applicable)
  • Certified copy to your passport
  • Certified copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable), or divorce decree (if applicable)
  • Original sworn transitions of documents if they re not in English or Afrikaans
  • Course Registration form and Form B supplied with the registration forms.

*Certified copies are acceptable for the admission phase, but documents must be certified at South African embassy or by a public notary.

(ii) How can I contact IDC Technologies?

Please visit the IDC website first for information related to your application. If you require additional information, however, please send your enquiry via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (only add your student number and the name of your course in the subject line). 

NQF Level Technikons & Universities of Technology
6 N6 National Higher Diploma
5 N5
4 (S4) [T4] N4 National Diploma
2 (S3) [T3] N3
  (S2) [T2] N2
1 (S1) [T1] N1