The N1 to N3 National Certificates in the Mechanical Engineering programme caters for students who would like to study any of the following engineering subjects:

  • Motor/Diesel Mechanic
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Boilermaker
  • Rigger
What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

The holder of a National N1 – N3 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering will be able to take up employment in one of the following fields:

  • Automotive Maintenance and Repair (Motor/Diesel)
  • General manufacturing engineering
  • General maintenance engineering
  • Mining industry
  • Marine industry
What will I be able to do?

Take up a position as an apprentice or learner technician to gain the necessary industrial experience to be able to do a trade test. (for this you must have attained a full N2)

In which industries will I be able to work?

Any industry or organisation that requires a person with Mechanical Engineering qualifications and skills obtained through studying N1 – N3: Rigger Mechanical Engineering.

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

Achieving the necessary entry requirements at academic level in N3 of this course will enable you to continue studying in a Mechanical Engineering-related field of study, towards your national diploma. This can be done by studying towards the National N-Diploma by doing the N4 – N6 Certificates in Mechanical Engineering, followed by 2 years of practical work experience in the related field of study. Further studies can be undertaken at any institution of Higher Education, such as a University or University of Technology should you meet the necessary entry requirements.  


During the various National Lockdown Levels, it is important that the following minimum protocols are adhered to by all staff, students and visitors:

  • Participation in health checks and screenings
  • Maintaining of social distancing
  • Wearing of masks at all times
  • Sanitization when entering the campus


  • Engineering Science
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Rigging Theory
  • Engineering Science
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Rigging Theory
  • Engineering Science
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Mechanotechnology

All examinations are external (national).

Admission Requirements

N1: Minimum of Grade 9 with Mathematics and Science above 50%

N2: N1 or equivalent with the four appropriate subjects or Grade 10 with Maths and Science

N3: N2 or equivalent with the four appropriate subjects or Grade 10 with Maths and Science

How do I get an apprenticeship to allow me entry into this course?

You must be a registered apprentice with a company/mine or some other accredited organisation


1 year full-time (each level is 12 weeks)

When can I enroll?

Enrolment in January, May or September.

Part Time studies:

Only offered when sufficient students register. Alternatively correspondence is also an option.



Option 1: Complete the online ‘Contact us Form’ and one of the iCALC staff members will contact you.

Option 2: Complete the ‘Registration Form’ and email your form to, along with all supporting documents.

Option 3: Come to our campus and let us help you fill in all the forms.


The submission is checked, and all supporting documentation is verified.


Successful applicants will be required to pay the registration fee and first installment or deposit to finalize their registration.

The Registration is then captured and submitted, and your student number will then be issued.