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Occupational Certificate: Fitter and Turner 

SAQA ID: 94020, 548 Credits, Occupational Certificate Article 26D (RED SEAL*)

The engineering fitting field is characterised by providing maintenance, repair, and installation services across diverse industries, catering to a spectrum of equipment - from sophisticated machinery to antiquated single station machines. Those engaged in mechanical engineering within this field need specialised technical knowledge and highly developed hand skills to effectively address the varied mechanical engineering requirements of different industries. As as student in the Occupational Certificate: Fitting and Plumbing you will acquire specialised technical expertise and refined hand skills to adapt to the ever-evolving demands of manufacturing diverse products. This qualification primarily focuses on developing the ability to produce complex components through various machining methods, along with skills in fault finding, dismantling, maintaining, repairing, and installing intricate mechanical assemblies. 


The journey to your RED SEAL: This is a Occupation Trade that requires a RED SEAL to practise as a designated Electrician as per article Occupational Certificate Article 26D (RED SEAL*)



Part 1

Theory Modules

Runs with Part 2


Theory Exam

Part 2

Practical Training

Runs with Part 1


Logbook, Observation & Assessment

Part 3

Workplace Modules

+- 18 months


Observation & Logbook

Trade Test for


Features & Benefits

  • This qualification consists of Compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skills, and Work Experience Modules 


  • The South African qualification for Fitter and Turner compares well with all the international countries chosen for the comparability study.


  • An opportunity to be recognised as a qualified artisan with well-structured, relevant and current competencies.  


  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies.


  • Students get access to our online recruitment portal, exclusively available to AIE graduates. Visit for more.   

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 9 (Std 7) Certificate with a pass in Mathematics and Physical Science OR
  • N1 Pass (with mathematics and science) OR
  • Vocational or Further Education Certificate at any level OR
  • Recognition of prior learning through an RPL process


IMPORTANT: If you don't meet our minimum entry requirement, you can still apply for special admission, regardless of what formal education you have. Please note that there are terms and conditions for this application, and all approvals will be made at the discretion of Academic Board.

Regulatory Information

Qualifying for external assessment: In order to qualify for an external assessment, learners must provide proof of completion of all required modules by means of statements of results and work experience.

An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant QCTO Assessment Quality partner is required for the issuing of this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the Exit Level Outcomes and associated assessment criteria.

The external assessment model requires that the external assessment will be conducted through practical task at an accredited trade test centre. The examination and practical tasks will be concluded at an accredited assessment centre and marked by registered assessors. The trade test will be conducted over a period of two working days. 

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 two models:



  • CORECore Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 8GB
  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series, i5, 16GB

R16 500.00 Learn More

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

Core Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 8GB | 12th Generation, Intel Core i5-1235U Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.2 GHz) | 8GB, 2666MHz DDR4 Non-ECC RAM | Intel Iris Xe Graphics | M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD | 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Camera & Microphone | Windows 11

R18 000.00 Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor-heavy tasks.

Medium Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 16GB | 12th Generation, Intel Core i5-1235U Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.2 GHz) | 16GB, 2666MHz DDR4 Non-ECC RAM | Intel Iris Xe Graphics | M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD | 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Camera & Microphone | Windows 11 Pro

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, Contact (Hybrid) Learning
      • Duration: +-12 Months
      • Classes conducted 5 days a week, 3-6 hours/day
      • Theory modules classes can be attended on campus AND/OR Online
      • Practical modules and exercises must be done on campus

    * Class structures are subject to change without notification. 

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  • Career Options

    • Fitter and Turner  
    • Automotive Machinest 
    • Metal Machinest 
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain:


    • Free WIFI (Unlimited, On-Campus only)
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide
    • Access to myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets
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What you get

Occupational Certificate: Fitter and Turner (RED SEAL)


  • The student will receive a occupational certificate from the QCTO when he passes the relevant trade test.

Part 1

Theory Modules

Runs in Parallel with Part 2


Theory Exam

Part 2

Practical Training

Runs in Parallel with Part 1


Practical Logbook, Observation & Assessment

Part 3

Workplace Modules

Complete in +- 18 months


Employer Practical Observation & Logbook

Trade Test for

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.

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of a Fitter and Turner. 

Important Notes

Trades Encompassed by this Qualification:
This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:

  • ID 61033, Fitter and Turner, Automobile Manufacturing.
  • ID 61036, Fitter and Turner, Coal.
  • ID 61037, Fitter and Turner, ESKOM.
  • ID 61040, Fitter and Turner, Explosives.
  • ID 61048, Fitter and Turner, Government.
  • ID 61109, Fitter and Turner, Carbonated soft drink.
  • ID 61068, Fitter and Turner, Mining.
  • ID 61073, Fitter and Turner, Motor.
  • ID 61084, Fitter and Turner, Aerospace.
  • ID 61087, Fitter and Turner, Tyre and Rubber.
  • ID 61134, Fitter and Turner, Sugar.
  • ID 61137, Fitter and Turner, Mining. 

Basic engineering theory (NQF 3)


Fitting Theory (NQF 4)


Machining Theory (NQF 4)


Fabricate simple components or workpieces using basic hand skills and hand tools (NQF 2)


Fabricate components or workpieces using power tools or machinery (NQF 3)


Dissemble, clean and inspect mechanical sub-assemblies (NQF 3)


Replace components and assemble mechanical sub-assemblies and machines (NQF 3)


Do fault finding on mechanical sub-assemblies and machines (NQF 4)


Repair mechanical sub-assemblies and machines (NQF 4)


Install and commission mechanical sub-assemblies and machines (NQF 4)


Overhaul mechanical sub-assemblies and machines (NQF 3)


Produce simple components by setting up and attending to the operation an engineering machine (NQF 2)


Produce components of intermediate complexity by performing engineering machining operations (NQF 3)


Perform complex machining operations (NQF 4)


Fabrication processes in an engineering workshop (NQF 2)


Routine mechanical component and machine maintenance processes (NQF 3)


Maintenance planning and communication processes (NQF 3)


Repair mechanical faults on mechanical sub-assemblies and machines (NQF 4)


Overhauling processes in an engineering workshop (NQF 4)


Structured planning and communication processes in the workplace (NQF 4)


Machining processes to design specifications of a range of workpieces from different materials (NQF 4) 


Engineering workshop control processes (NQF 4)

  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 08 July 2024
    Late Registration In Progress
    15 July 2024
    Full Time, Contact
  • 10 February 2025
    17 February 2025
    Full Time, Contact

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