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National Certificate: Architectural Technology NQF5


The National Certificate: Architectural Technology NQF5 provides an introduction into the architectural profession and its role within the Building Industry.  The learner is provided with the Draughting skills, competencies and academic knowledge required to practice in the Built Environment as a "Candidate Architectural Draughtsperson" and after a period of supervised practical experience and / or other requirements as specified by the professional registration body, as an "Architectural Draughtsperson”.


Features and Benefits


  • This qualification will consist of 9 theory modules with practical and project-based assessments to provide practical application of theoretical knowledge.  
  • The qualification will also integrate up to 6 internationally recognised CAD software courses, accepted by industry at the value of thousands of Rands, a critically advantageous consideration for any employer when considering new draughtspersons.  
  • It will further strengthen the student profile and knowledge with specialized integrated modules on 3D Visualization & Animation and BIM Management. 
  • We utilise industry leading Design/BIM/Draughting software including AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit Architecture, MEP & Structural, Autodesk Navisworks and Revit Advanced ensuring that students are equipped with industry used CAD software. 

AutocadRevit Revit Architecture Navisworks

  • Included in the full-time fees are a total of 4 weeks practical, spread out over the 12 months. Practical is done onsite at our campus and will cover Quantity Survey, Building, Plumbing and Wiring. Students will get a certificate for their practical modules plus a logbook singed by the workshop supervisor. 
  • You will be provided with an A-Grade study kit, that includes all the tools you will need to use in both academic and professional use. 

This programme incorporates the use of Virtual Reality and may include topics such as Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality using your Goggles VR Headset, Introduction to the 3D Environment using Virtual Reality, Modelling for Virtual Reality, Preparing your 3D Data for Virtualization and Full Immersion, Design Validation through Virtual Reality, Presenting your data in Virtual Reality.

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Admission Requirements:

Salaries & Skills



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  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time 

    • 12 months, 120 credits (10 Sessions/Week, 2:00 hours each, +- 2 ½ day/week, class times are between 08:30 & 16:00) 
    • All credits are achieved via your study duration at the academy, studio time and project based assignments. 

    *Sessions will be grouped together to lower cost of traveling, however, in some cases classes may not follow this convention and schedules are subject to change. 


    Online & Part Time  

    • Part Time = 12 months, 120 credits (2 x evening classes, 18:00 to 21:00, Mon & Wed OR Tues & Thur) 
    • Online = 12 Months, 120 credits (Online live classes, twice/week, 17:00 - 18:00, Mon & Wed OR Tues & Thurs) 
    • Credits are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project based tasks. 
  • Career Options

    • Architectural Draughtsperson
    • Architectural Technologist
    • Spatial designer
    • Interior Designer
  • Study Kit

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


    • Free WIFI (10GB/Month, On Campus only).
    • Autodesk student licenses valid for three years.
    • Stationery including
    • Sketchpad( A2 & A4 )
    • Scale Ruler
    • Copic Marker(Light Blue, Green, Light Grey, Dark Grey, Clay, Brick/Beige)
    • UNI Pin Fine Liner( 0.05mm, 0.2mm, 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.8mm)
    • Pencil Clutch(0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm, 0.9mm)
    • A2 Cutting Mat
    • NT Cutter
    • Steel Ruler
    • A2 Flip File
    • A3 Trace Pad
    • A5 Visual Diary
    • A2 Portfolio bag
    • 24 piece pencil art kit
    • Notepad
    • Hardcopy and emails

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: 


  • National Certificate: Architectural Technology , NQF Level 5, SAQA ID: 48734, 120 Credits 
  • Autodesk Software Certificates: AutoCAD, AutoCAD Advanced, Revit Architecture, Revit Advanced, Revit MEP, Revit Structural  
  • Specialized Certificates: BIM Management, Sustainable Design, 3D Visualization & Animation.  
  • Practical certificate and logbook for: Quantity Survey, Plumbing, Building Methods, Electrical Wiring 

Our Learning Methods

At AIE, The Academic Institute of Excellence we understand that that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. This is influenced by many factors including, circumstances, location, field of study and learning preference. It is for this reason that we have developed our myWay learning methodology, a unique and modern approach to blended learning that encompasses multiple delivery methods, involving our three main channels.

Full Time

Reach your full potential through our myWay Instructor-led or Mentorship based classes combined with interactive lessons, practical assignments and in-field experience, combined with our blended platform to make up a full day or selective days within a week.

Part Time

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provides you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Blended Learning with at home exercises/assignments and mentored or in-class lectures at a manageable schedule and pace.


We have re-defined online learning. Our myWay Online Learning ensures that the student is supported by technology and people throughout his academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.

Student Testimonials

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of a senior architectural technologist. 

Important Notes

AIE (Academic Institute of Excellence) has been granted provisional registration as a private college in terms of Section 31(3) of the CET Act and Regulation 12(4), with registration number 2018/FE07/003 for a period of three years. 

This programme is accredited, and quality assured by the Construction SETA (CETA), accreditation number  # ACC/17/07/00016 

Semester 1:

Theory Modules:

  • Architectural Draughtsmanship
  • Construction Technology
  • Graphic Communication Skills
  • Design Theory and History
  • Architectural Design Skills
  • Applied Building Science
  • Computer Applications
  • Verbal and Written Communication
  • Entrepreneurial Skills


Practical Modules (1 week each):

  • Practical Surveying
  • Practical Plumbing




* Please note that practical modules does not apply to part-time or correspondence students but can be requested.


Software Modules:

  • AutoCAD Essentials
  • AutoCAD Advanced
  • Autodesk Revit Architecture

Autocad      Revit Architecture   



Semester 2:

Theory Modules:

  • Architectural Draughtsmanship
  • Construction Technology
  • Graphic Communication Skills
  • Design Theory and History
  • Architectural Design Skills
  • Applied Building Science
  • Computer Applications
  • Verbal and Written Communication
  • Entrepreneurial Skills



Practical Modules (1 week each):

  • Practical Building Methods
  • Electrical Wiring




* Please note that practical modules does not apply to part-time or correspondence students but can be requested.


Software Modules:

  • Autodesk Revit Advanced
  • Autodesk Revit MEP
  • Autodesk Revit Structure
  • BIM Management Specialization
  • Sustainable Design Specialization
  • 3D Visualization & Animation

3DS max   Revit      


Virtual Reality 

With Virtual Reality becoming one of the fastest growing fields in the game industry we believe no gaming course would be complete without introducing the student to the specific requirements and nuances of designing for this interface. Our VR module is a standalone course that will not only introduce the basic concepts of VR but also expose the student to some of the fields beyond gaming where this is being applied and the specific needs of working in those industries. This module will cover the following topics: 

  • Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality: This topic will cover the basics of Virtual Reality, the concepts and ready to use VR environments. Learners will use their Goggles VR Headset and experience various VR environments both static and interactive.

  • Introduction to the 3D Environment using Virtual Reality: A topic to introduce students to the concept of 3D using virtual reality. By using VR, learners will conceptualize the 3D environment much quicker. 
  • Modelling for Virtual Reality:  Guidelines and tips for ensuring correct modelling techniques are followed to ensure the best experience. 
  • Preparing your 3D Data for Virtualization and Immersion: This topic will cover how to prepare your data for the virtual reality environment. It will explore the conversion of your data through various channel, using applicable software so that it is VR ready. 
  • Design Validation through Virtual Reality: Use VR for design validation. 
  • Presenting your data in Virtual Reality:  Using VR platforms, learn how to present and use your data in various VR scenarios, from basic stereo images to full immersive experiences. 




On Exit: Workplace Preparation Module

You will only attend the WPM on your exit year. The Workplace Preparation Module is designed for students to acquire the requisite skills and attributes to help you integrate into the world of work more easily. Move from the world of education to the world of work with essential and/or specialized skills that will improve your employment (or self-employment) prospects. This program is done for all students and consist of:


Modules covered:

  • Preparing for an interview;
  • Conduct and Behaviour During an Interview;
  • Communication Skills;
  • Understanding Legislation;
  • Preparing the CV that Everybody Wants to See;
  • Using Social Media;
  • Starting the Job seeking Journey
  • Registering on our recruitment portal. 
    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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