The Department of Education introduced the National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at Public Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges in 2007. The NCV offers programmes of study in a variety of vocational fields. The programmes are intended to directly respond to the priority skills demands of the South African Economy.
The National Certificate Vocational is offered at Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The qualification is designed to provide both theory and practical experience in a particular vocational field. The practical component of the study may be offered in the workplace environment. Students have an opportunity to experience work situations during the period of study.
National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED) programmes are delivered under the auspices of the Department of Higher Education and Training. The programmes consist of 18 months theoretical studies at colleges and 18 months relevant practical application in work places. Engineering studies range from N1-N6 while Business and Utility Studies range from N4-N6.