Where Can I Get a Trade Test Certificate In South Africa

What is a Trade Test Certificate?

Trade test certificate means a certificate of artisan grade I, II or III standard, as the case may be, issued by the Ministry of Labour; “tailor’s assistant” means an employee engaged in the trade for all or any of the following ancillary work

Where Can I Get a Trade Test Certificate In South Africa?

A trade test is a test used to assess the proficiency and skill level of an individual in several skilled trades. These tests may include written and/or skill demonstration sections. 

It is also the final integrated summative assessment for any artisan qualification for a listed trade that is conducted at an accredited Trade Test centre in the county.

However, it is important to confirm whether the trade test centre has to assessor that is registered with National Artisan Moderating Body before completing the test.

Many trade test centres in South Africa specialize in various trades and some centres may even be administered and controlled by government agencies and organizations.

To find a trade test center, individuals can visit the National Artisan Development Initiative website, where a compiled list of various trade centers has been formulated by where individuals may live, and which trade they specialize in.

Visit the website and complete the suggested dropdown selections to find the nearest trade test center in your province

Depending on the trade and experience, specific requirements to sit for a trade test (such as training or experience) may vary.

Here are some of the minimum academic requirements that may be needed:

  • N2 Certificate including the four relevant subjects of Maths, engineering science, and a fourth subject as required by the trade; or
  • Technical trade theory programs quality assured by a SETA deemed to be equivalent to NQF level 3; or
  • Relevant Engineering NCV Certificate with seven subjects at NQF level 3; or
  • Technical Grade 11 with Maths, Science, Language and related trade theory subject; or
  • Relevant (directly related to the trade theory subjects) N6 certificate or National Technical Diploma (T, S or N stream.)

Rates and fees that are payable in order to complete the test vary and are entirely dependent on the center chosen to do the test.

Once individuals have completed the test, they will receive some form of certification and some skills will have additional levels of testing that will denote higher skill levels.

How much does it cost to get a trade certificate in South Africa?

Generally, the cost of a trade test in South Africa can range from R1,000 to R5,000 or more. Some trade tests, including the preparation and exam, can cost up to R15,000.

How do I get a trade test certificate in South Africa?

To be issued a Trade Certificate, the learner must have completed and passed a Trade Test at an accredited trade test center. To register for a trade test please contact your nearest accredited trade test centre. They will explain the processes and procedures to follow.