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What is an FET college?

When it comes to studying degrees or diplomas you are fortunate to have many options available in South Africa. Not only do you have many institutions to choose from, but there are also colleges available which focus on vocational and occupational aspects.

The question which may be asked is:What is an FET college?

The word 'FET' is an abbreviation for Further Education and Training. It is important to be aware of the fact that there are public FET colleges as well as private FET colleges.

These colleges are usually both vocational and occupational by nature thus focusing on equipping students with a range of skills to enter the job market.

"Further Education and Training (FET) refers to education and training provided from Grades 10 to 12, including career-oriented education and training offered in technical colleges, community colleges and private colleges.

FET colleges are playing a growing role in the provision of the intermediate to higher-level skills required to support economic growth and development.'-Western Cape Government

When selecting a FET college to study at it, it may prove worthwhile to contact NQF and Career Advice Services on:

Helpline Number: 0860 111 673
SMS/Text Message: 0722 045 056

Email: [email protected]
Working hours:
Mondays - Fridays: 08:00 - 16:30

The cost of studying at a FET college is not the only factor to take into account. More importantly it is strongly recommended that you ensure that not only the FET college itself is accredited but also that the course you are doing is accredited.

Many FET colleges may offer studies through secondary institutions and it is important to ensure that these bodies are also accredited.

Do not simply take a FET college at their word, rather be sure to contact a professional body to ensure that full accreditation for both the college and the course itself is real. It is highly recommended that you also enquire about the benefits of the studying which you choose.

Not all courses through FETs are recognised by employers and therefore it is crucial to learn the facts prior to paying.

The department of higher education and training has a list of all public FET colleges on their website, which are all registered: FET Colleges




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