Department Releases Official 2024 TVET College Calendar

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Thousands of students are enrolled in courses at TVET colleges to gain the necessary knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a range of different vocational careers. Here's when these students are expected at their college. 


The official 2024 calendar for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges has been confirmed. This calendar outlines the commencement and conclusion of the academic year, breaks for holidays, and the periods when students are likely to participate in their exams.

TVET Colleges play a crucial role in shaping South Africa's upcoming generation of artisans. The skills acquired at these TVET Colleges equip graduates with the expertise needed to pursue diverse technical and vocational careers, enabling them to secure employment or explore entrepreneurial opportunities.

In South Africa, there are fifty TVET colleges with over 250 campuses. These institutions provide comprehensive training across various disciplines, including engineering, media, hospitality, business, utilities, and tourism.

2024 TVET College Year 

NCV Programmes

Term 1 classes for NC(V) programmes commence on 15 January and conclude on 10 March. Supplementary examinations take place from 13 February to 8 March.

Term 2 starts on 3 April and concludes on 14 June. Term 3 kicks off on 9 July and concludes on 20 September, with 14 days allocated for internal examinations.

The academic year concludes in Term 4, starting on 1 October and ending on 1 November. Additional components such as Life Skills & Computer Literacy (P2) are scheduled from 28 October to 1 November, with examinations from 4 November to 6 December.

The colleges close for the year on 11 December. In total, students can expect 177 lecturing days and 210 staff service days throughout the year.

Calendar For NATED Courses

Business and Utility Studies

Semester 1 classes commence on 8 January and conclude on 20 March. Term 2 of the first semester starts on 3 April and ends on 17 May, with examinations from 20 May to 14 June.

Semester 2's Term 3 commences on 9 July, concluding on 20 September. Term 4 starts on 1 October, ending on 1 November, with examinations from 5 November to 6 December. The year concludes on 11 December, summing up to 153 lecturing days and 210 staff service days.

Calendar For NATED Natural Science Studies

Trimester 1 classes start on 8 January and end on 20 March. Examinations for this trimester take place from 25 March to 19 April, with the colleges closing on 19 April.

Trimester 2 commences on 13 May, concluding on 20 May, and examinations from 24 July to 16 August, with the colleges closing on 16 August.

Trimester 3 starts on 2 September and ends on 10 September, with examinations from 15 November to 9 December. The year wraps up on 11 December, resulting in 142 lecturing days and 210 staff service days.

National Certificate (Vocational) programmes 

NC(V) Courses, serving as an alternative to a Matric Certificate, focus on cultivating students in specialised areas, providing them with the skills and knowledge essential for a prosperous career.

NATED Programmes/Report 191 Programmes

NATED Programmes typically entail months of theoretical studies at a TVET college, complemented by practical applications in relevant workplaces.

The school calendar for 2024 is also available.


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