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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.  Learning is facilitated through design and critical thinking to enable excellent Draughting skills, competencies and academic knowledge that are required to practice in the Built Environment as a "Candidate Architectural Draughtsperson". 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 theory, practical and project-based assessments to provide a holistic learning experience.  
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 Land Survey, Plumbing (drainage and water reticulation) and Electrical Wiring. Students will get a certificate for their practical modules plus a logbook signed by the workshop supervisor. Learn More
  • An introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality technology is incorporated into this program. Students get free access to the MakersLab with 3D Printing, CNC Machining and Lazer Cutting facilities. 




  • We utilise industry-leading Design/BIM/Draughting software including AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk 3DS Max ensuring that students are equipped with industry used CAD software.
AutocadRevit Architecture 
  • 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. 
  • Provides a strong focus on developing entry-level skills for employment within the Architectural Profession/s. 
  • Broadens access to the architectural profession, by allowing a graduate to proceed to higher qualifications, within the discipline. 
  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies. 

  • Job placement assistance through our industry network and online recruitment portal, exclusively available to AIE graduates. Visit for more.  


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:

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 Inspiron 15” 3593 Series i5
  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Inspiron 15” 3593 Series i7
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3500 Series i7

R9 000.00Learn More

15" laptop that meets all your everyday needs and looks good doing it. Featuring 10th generation Intel®

10th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1035G1 Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.6 GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display, 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz, 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive, DVD Drive (Reads /Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Home 64bit English, 1Y Collect and Return Service

R14 000.00Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks. Featuring 10th generation Intel® processors and an array of ports.

10th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1065G7 Processor (8MB Cache, up to 3.9 GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Display, 8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive, Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

R18 000.00 Learn More

Get serious with the high spec Latitude, Dell’s flagship hardware for high end graphics and processing.

8th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 -8565U, 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Display, 16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive, Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) MX130 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

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 ½ day/week, class times are between 08:30 & 16:00) 
    • Online = 12 Months, 120 credits (1x 2 Hour Online session - 1 x Week @ 18:00) 
    • Credits are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks. 
  • Career Options

    • Architectural Draughtsperson 
    • Architectural Technologist 
    • Industrial Designer 
    • Draughting Office Manager 
    • Spatial Planner 
    • Interior Designer 
    • Building Inspector 
    • 3D Modeller & Visualization Expert 
  • Study Kit

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


    • Free WIFI (Unlimited, On-Campus only). 
    • Autodesk student licenses valid for three years 
    • USB 32GB with all required software applications. 
    • Stationery including: 
      • Sketchpad (A4 Bleedproof) 
      • Scale Ruler & 30cm Steel Ruler 
      • 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 
      • A3 Tracing Paper
      • A2 Portfolio Bag 
      • 24-piece Artist Pencils 
    • Notepad 
    • Pencil Bag
    • 2 x Industry Specific Textbooks 
    • Comprehensive Learner Guides 
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide
    • Access to myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets
    • AIE VR Cardboard Goggles  


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, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk 3D Studio Max  
  • Signed Practical logbook for students who complete the Practicals: Land Survey, Plumbing & Electrical Wiring (only included in the Full Time Fees) 

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 an Architectural Draughtsman. 

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

The AIE is registered with the DHET as a Private TVET College, which means we only offer occupational qualifications that are accredited by Umalusi, the (QCTO) Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, any of the SETAs and other Regulatory Bodies that have had their qualifications accredited by the QCTO.

Occupational qualifications that fall within the domain of any SETA, are NOT accredited by a Professional Body Regulator, such as SACAP.

Theory Modules:


  • Verbal and written communication skills 
  • Entrepreneurial skills 
  • Graphic communication skills 
  • Design theory / history 
  • Applied building sciences 
  • Computer Applications
  • Architectural Design Skills  
  • Construction technology 
  • Architectural draughtsmanship 



Practical Modules (1 week each):


  • Workshop Safety 
  • Land Surveying   
  • Plumbing and Water Reticulation  
  • Electrical Wiring 




* Please note that practical modules do not apply to part-time or correspondence students but can be requested at an extra cost.



Software Modules:


  • AutoCAD Essentials  
  • Autodesk Revit Essentials 
  • Sketchup 
  • Adobe: Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign Introduction 
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel & PowerPoint 
  • 3DS Max 

          3DS max




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 fully 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. 
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020
    Full Time
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020
    Part Time
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020
    Full Time
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020
    Part Time

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