Chemical Engineering is about Science using innovation for a sustainable tomorrow

Why Choose the Programme?

Chemical Engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the production and manufacturing of products through chemical processes. It includes designing equipment, systems, and methods for refining raw materials and mixing, compounding, and processing chemicals to make various products. The main role of Chemical Engineers is to design and troubleshoot processes for producing chemicals, fuels, foods, pharmaceuticals, and biological processes. Students conclude their chemical engineering course equipped with the knowledge to engineer solutions at the molecular level and shape a sustainable future.

Course Information

You may enter the National N Diploma programme, with any one of the following:


  • N3 Certificate, or
  • A National Senior Certificate with 40% in Mathematics and Physical Science

Learners will receive the following:

  • National Certificate N4, N5, N6
  • National N Diploma on completion of N4-N6 (12 subjects) and 24-months’ of in-service training.

The National N Diploma includes two (2) years of theory and 24-months of in-service training.

All examinations are set and administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The National N Diploma is issued by the DHET.

National N4 Certificate: Modules Mathematics, Engineering Science, Chemistry, Chemical Plant Operation N4
National N5 Certificate: Modules Mathematics, Engineering Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Plant Operations N5
National N6 Certificate: Modules Mathematics, Engineering Physics, Chemical Technology, Chemical Plant Operations N6

Contact a career consultant on campus or online, who will take you through the affordable National N Diploma in Chemical Engineering pricing structure and explain our flexible payment options.

Customised study materials which meet the programme outcomes can be accessed from the Learner Management System, Moodle. A prescribed book list is available from the academic manager at the start of the programme, although the study guide available on Moodle will sufficiently cover the exam requirements.
Moodle is an online platform, where registered students receive their study materials and other online support material with zero data costs.
  • Explore engaging online content, crafted by subject matter experts.
  • Access to customised academic repository with assignments, videos, and PowerPoint lessons.
  • 24-hour access.

On successful completion, you will receive a National N Diploma in Chemical Engineering (Heavy Current) and may further your studies at a University of Technology.

Refer to the SAQA fact sheet for more options to study further.

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