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FET Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice (CAD) NQF4 (Junior Draughtsman)

SAQA ID: 66071, 131 Credits, NQF4 

This qualification is intended to produce junior draughtsmen with the proficiency to understand the Computer Aided Drawing office environment including the equipment and instruments used to produce CAD drawings.


CAD drawing designs can be tested on the computer software, which saves time, money, and resources. It also speeds up the production process and provides creative freedom.


On successful completion of this qualification, the learner can move on to the Multi-Disciplinary Draughting course to learn more about the draughting discipline and specialised software.


Features and Benefits

  • Includes multiple internationally recognised CAD software courses, accepted by industry, a critically advantageous consideration for employers during new hires.
  • AIE is an Autodesk Authorized Training institute. Our academics are Autodesk Certified Instructors, the gold standard for Autodesk instructors. Our students get access to all Autodesk software for 1 year with no restrictions.
  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies.

Admission Requirements

  • NQF 3 or Grade 11 with Mathematical Literacy and English as your home/first language; OR
  • Engineering National Certificate N2

Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusively to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



  • CORECore Spec, Dell Vostro 3510 Series i5, 8GB
  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Vostro 3510 Series, i5, 16GB
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell G15 5511 Series, i5, 32GB

R16 500.00 Learn More

The laptop that meets all your everyday needs and looks good doing it. 

Dell Vostro 3510, 11th Generation Intel Core i5-1135G7, 15.6" FHD (1920x1080) Wide View AntiGlare, 8GB (1x8GB), 256GB SSD PCIe M.2, Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Wireless & Bluetooth: Dell Wireless 1810 + Bluetooth Mobile Broadband: N/A, Windows 11 (64bit)

R18 000.00 Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks.

Dell Vostro 3510, 11th Generation Intel Core i5-1135G7, 15.6" FHD (1920x1080) Wide View AntiGlare, 16GB (2x8GB), 256GB SSD PCIe M.2, Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Wireless & Bluetooth: Dell Wireless 1810 + Bluetooth Mobile Broadband: N/A, Windows 11 (64bit)

R25 500.00  Learn More

Same foundation, more memory...for those who want to get a little more serious.

Dell G15 5511, 11th Generation Intel Core i5-11400H (15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Power Button without Touch Fingerprint Reader, 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 Non-ECC RAM, WLAN, M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia RTX3050ti w/4GB GDDR6 Graphics Memory, Windows 11 Pro (64 Bit)

  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time

    • Full Time, Contact (Hybrid) Learning, 12 Months ,140 Credits
    • Full Time, Online Learning, 12 Months ,140 Credits


    • Part Time, Flexi Online Learning, ± 12 Months, 140 credits
    • Classes conducted after hours once a week online (studio sessions on selected Saturdays (hybrid) for part time students only)

    * Class structures are subject to change without notification. 

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  • Career Options

    • CAD Operator
    • General Draughtsman
    • Mechanical Draughtsman
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain: 
    • Free WIFI (On-Campus only).  
    • Autodesk student licenses valid for 1 year.
    • AutoCAD 2022, Inventor Pro 2022
    • Stationery kit 
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter and Getting Started Guide. 
    • Access to our myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets.  
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What you get

This qualification is designed to provide the student with multiple certificates and
qualifications, both locally and internationally recognised by industry for maximum employability


 On completion the student will earn: 


  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice (CAD) (NQF4, SAQA ID: 66071)
  • International Software Certificates:
    • Autodesk AutoCAD Essentials
    • Autodesk Inventor All-in-one

Our Learning Methods

Our learning methods is a technology mediated delivery model, focused on flexibility, accessibility, and academic support to provide the ultimate learning experience without compromising teaching time and quality.

* As per Communique 2 of 2022 from the Council of Higher Education, all programs accredited for contact mode only may be offered in all delivery modes for the 2023 academic year. 





Full Time, Contact
(Hybrid) Learning

A modern twist on traditional face-to-face, full-time learning. Our contact classes are delivered via Hybrid learning, providing students with the flexibility to attend on campus, virtually, or both.

Full Time, Online

Extending our reach with online only, full time learning. Our progressive technology platform and people-supported academic journey giving students access to our classes from anywhere in the world.

Part Time, Flexi Online

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility to manger your own schedule and pace of learning. Sessions are conducted after hours on selected weekdays, and on alternate Saturdays.

Important Notes

Please note that you are required to have your own computer. This can be in the form of a laptop or desktop PC. Should you not have one, we can supply you with a laptop as part of your package. Please note that additional costs will apply. The below shows the recommended specification.


CPU Intel® Core™ i5 or i7, 2.4 GHZ or more (i7 preferred)
MEMORY 8GB DDR3 Memory (16GB preferred)
GRAPHICS Dedicated 1GB graphics card (NVIDIA recommended) 
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 (64 Bit)



  • Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication
  • Interpret and use information from texts
  • Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts
  • Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts
  • Evaluate literary texts
  • Make and motivate judgements on selected literary texts
  • Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts
  • Interpret a variety of literary texts



Mathematic Literacy:

  • Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues
  • Describe, represent, analyse and explain changes in shape and motion in 2- and 3-dimensional space with justification



Drawing office Orientation:

  • Maintaining occupational health, safety and general housekeeping
  • Demonstrate an understanding of drawing office practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of measuring instruments used in Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) practice
  • Plan and schedule workflow



Computer Aided Drawing and Design:

  • Operate a computer workstation in a business environment
  • Plan and produce two-dimensional (2D) Computer Aided Drawings (CAD)
  • Set up and prepare 3D model space and produce a 3D model
  • Autodesk Autocad
  • Autodesk Inventor All-in-one



Manufacturing materials and processes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of engineering materials and processes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of mechanical components
  • Demonstrate an understanding of production, manufacturing and construction processes as it affects the drawing



Mechanical Draughting:

  • Interpret, read and produce mechanical drawings
  • Autodesk Inventor All-in-one


    No dates have been specified for this course.
    Please contact The CAD Corporation for more information and dates on this course.
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