What You Need To Know About A NATED Course

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While searching for TVET College courses, you'll come across NATED courses. Keep reading to find out what NATED is and what it's equivalent to should you study it.


NATED courses are one of the many different types of qualifications you can obtain when you study at a TVET College.

NATED courses are also known as National Qualification Courses or you might see it written as Report 1919 NATED courses.

This course type was designed by the Department of Higher Education to ensure that students can be trained for the workplace. NATED courses use both theoretical and practical teachings to give students the best career-based learning.

There are different levels for the NATED qualification:

  • N1 National Certificate: NQF Level 2: Grade 10
  • N2 National Certificate: NQF Level 3: Grade 11
  • N3 National Certificate: NQF Level 4: Grade 12
  • N4 National Certificate: NQF Level  5: Higher Certificate
  • N5 National Certificate: NQF Level 5: Higher Certificate
  • N6 National Certificate: NQF Level 5: Higher Certificate
  • National N Diploma: NQF Level 6: Diploma/Advanced certificate

Even if you passed Matric with a National Senior Certificate Pass or a Higher Certificate Pass, you can still go on to get a diploma. Once you have entered the N4 National Certificate course, you can study your way to the N6 National Certificate. 

Once you have an N6 National Certificate, you are required to complete 18 months of work experience in your chosen study field. This will be noted in a logbook that must be approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training. 
After it has been approved, you can get your National N Diploma which is a level 6 on the NQF.

The minimum requirements to study a NATED course is grade 9. 

Visit the TVET Colleges website for more on South Africa's TVET Colleges.


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