Short courses: Answers to your FAQs

Short courses FAQs

The Industries Education & Training Institute (IETI) is about training and developing you as their students and your skills in order to promote independence, sustainability of income, and to improve your quality of life. They do this through industry-based training that reflects the current needs and demands of learners, organisations and the greater economy. This blog answers your frequently asked questions about their short courses.

What is an artisan?

Artisans are qualified and highly skilled people who work mostly with their hands. They work in carpentry, plumbing, welding, electrical or electronic work, mechanical work, and other types of work related to the engineering or construction environment.

The trade you choose will depend on your interest in the materials used or the type of industry you would like to be involved in.

What are the requirements for an artisan?

To become an artisan you will need to obtain an N2 qualification. If you have passed grade 12 with a science and maths pass rate of over 40% you will only need to write and pass 2 of the 4 subjects. The subjects required to obtain your N2 qualification are engineering drawing and trade theory. If you have not passed the grade 12 science and maths exam, then you would need to enroll for all 4 subjects to obtain your N2 qualification. This can be done at any FET college that provides open and distance learning.

What do artisans study?

Artisans take part in various courses, apprenticeships, or internships. They range from short courses to 4 year long qualifications. This depends on a student’s experience and what career path they’re interested in.

What qualifications does a short course offer?

Short practical courses provide you with skills and practical knowledge to become better artisans and skilled personnel within your workplaces. These skills are a useful tool to help you find gainful employment.

IETI offers short courses in Industrial Electrical Wiring, Electronics, Plumbing, Refrigeration, and more. Each course has its own set of entry criteria and requirements.

How much do artisans earn monthly?

Being an artisan is a high earning industry. The average artisan salary in South Africa is R394 800 per year or R202 per hour. Entry-level positions start at R240 000 per year, while most experienced workers make up to R3 638 730 per year.

With the right experience it also gives you the opportunity to work for yourself. You are able to structure the business in a way that works for you, so you can work when and where you want. Meaning your potential earnings are determined by you. There is no limit to how much or how little you make in a month.

IETI has training courses in Cape Town, Gqeberha, and Gauteng. Contact IETI for more information about their courses and objectives.