The AA Technical College offers the following full apprenticeship courses, based on a 2 to 4 year programme, in the following trades:

  • Automotive Electrician
  • Diesel Fitter*
  • Diesel Fuel Injection Technician
  • Diesel Mechanic.
  • Motor Mechanic.
*Trades offered in Johannesburg only
Competency Based Modular Training (CMBT)  

The Training Programme

A total of 4 levels need to be completed over a 2 to 4 year time frame. An apprentice will attend an average of 6 weeks of institutional training. These visits are scheduled over either 6 months per level or over 12 months per level.

During these visits with the service provider, the apprentice will undergo theory, practical and level exam preparation training. The training is scheduled one week at a time, after which the apprentice returns to work to practice his newly learnt skills.

Entry Requirements for Apprenticeship

The minimum age and educational qualifications for commencing an apprenticeship shall be 16 years of age and a Grade 10 (Standard 8). However a Grade 11 (Standard 9) or Matric (Standard 10) with Maths and Science would be preferred.

For a motor mechanic, we follow the Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT) program . For other trades, we follow the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) program.

Trade and Level Tests

Once the training for each level has been completed, the apprentice will need to pass a level exam before moving onto the next level, for the Motor Mechanic only. The final test or trade test would be the Level Four Exam for the Motor Mechanic and a Contractual learner Trade Test for the other trades.

These courses are designed for employed and contractually registered apprentices. The programme relies on the practical exposure an apprentice receives in the workplace.

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