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TVET Colleges Now Taking 2024 Online Applications - Colleges That Are Open For 2024

 Technical Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) Colleges are tertiary institutions which focus on vocational and occupational education and training with the aim of preparing students to become functional workers in a skilled trade.

There are 50 registered TVET Colleges located across South Africa and they have now opened their applications for the 2024 academic year.

TVET Colleges will mostly all have the same application cycles and similar application periods. If you're looking to study at a specific TVET College, it is advisable to check their websites and social media pages for specific application dates.

How To Submit Your TVET College Application

Applications can be done at the campus or online and applicants will have to submit certified copies of their ID, latest results, parent/guardian ID and proof of residence along with their application.

Will TVET Colleges Take NSFAS?

Students are provided with assistance when applying for financial aid such as the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). NSFAS provides financial assistance to South African students who come from low income households and plan to study at public universities and TVET colleges. 

Colleges That Are Open For 2024

While all TVET Colleges will have opened applications for their 2024 courses some months ago, there may still be a chance to apply and register for the course you are interested in.

Unless a course is already significantly over-subscribed there are usually last-minute changes where students decide to study other courses. This could lead to the course you are looking for becoming available.

We will publicise on our website all spaces on late courses that become available. You should also make contact with your local TVET College to see what they are saying about last minute availability.

Here Are The TVET Colleges In South Africa



Western Cape

Eastern Cape

Free State



Northern Cape

North West

For more detailed information on the tuition fees, applications and courses offered by each of these colleges, you can visit our Where To Study directory.

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Universities Open For 2024

If instead of a TVET College you are actually looking for a university to study at in 2024 we can help you there too. Read our article on Skills Portal called 2024 Applications Are Now Open At These Universities

Frequently Asked Questions About TVET Colleges

  1. What are TVET Colleges?

    • Answer: TVET Colleges, or Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges, are institutions that provide vocational and occupational training in South Africa. They offer a range of courses designed to give students both practical and theoretical training in specific industries, equipping them with the skills needed to enter the workforce or become entrepreneurs.
  2. What courses are offered at TVET Colleges?

    • Answer: TVET Colleges offer a wide variety of courses, ranging from engineering and technology to business studies, hospitality, agriculture, and more. The courses are typically aligned with the needs of the local and national industries. These courses can lead to National Certificates (Vocational) and diplomas.
  3. How do TVET Colleges differ from traditional universities?

    • Answer: While traditional universities mainly focus on academic and theoretical education, TVET Colleges emphasize vocational and practical skills training. The curriculum at TVET Colleges is designed to directly prepare students for specific careers or trades. While universities award degrees, TVET Colleges mainly award diplomas and certificates.
  4. How do I apply to a TVET College?

    • Answer: Application processes can vary across colleges, but generally, you would need to identify the TVET College and the course you're interested in, then follow their specific application procedures. This often involves filling out an application form, submitting required documentation like academic transcripts and ID copies, and sometimes attending an interview or assessment. Always check the official website or contact the specific TVET College for detailed application instructions.
  5. Is financial aid available for students at TVET Colleges?

    • Answer: Yes, financial aid is available for eligible students at TVET Colleges through schemes like the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Students can apply for these funds to cover tuition, accommodation, and other related expenses. It's advisable for prospective students to contact the financial aid office of the TVET College they are interested in or visit the NSFAS website for more information.
  6. Are TVET qualifications recognized?

    • Yes, qualifications obtained from TVET Colleges are nationally recognized. The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the Department of Higher Education and Training oversee and accredit TVET programs to ensure their quality and relevance.
  7. How long do courses at TVET Colleges take?

    • The duration of courses varies depending on the program. Some courses can be as short as a few months, while others might take 3 years or more, similar to diploma courses at universities.
  8. Are there any entry requirements for TVET Colleges?

    • Entry requirements vary by course and college. Some courses may require a National Senior Certificate (Matric), while others may have lower or different entry requirements. It's essential to check with the specific college and course for details.
  9. Is there financial assistance available for students at TVET Colleges?

    • Yes, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides financial assistance to eligible students attending TVET Colleges. This can help cover tuition fees, accommodation, and other related expenses.
  10. How many TVET Colleges are there in South Africa?

    • As of my last update in January 2022, there are 50 public TVET Colleges in South Africa. These colleges have multiple campuses spread across the country, ensuring accessibility to a larger population.