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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. This program provides a strong focus on developing entry-level skills for employment within the Architectural Profession/s. This course helps broaden access to the Architectural Profession. The learner is provided with the technical skills, competencies and academic knowledge required to work in the Architecture industry as an ‘Architectural Draughtsperson’. Architectural Draughtspersons play a supportive role in the development of buildings and construction sites. The main activities are the production of drawings, detailing, presentation of drawings, and model making, elementary planning and design work, and liaison with relevant role players. Entrepreneurial skills and experience enable the professional architectural draughtsperson to competently handle small to medium size work under supervision.



Features & Benefits

Included in the full-time fees are a total of 4 practical modules. Practicals are hybrid sessions: a mix of online lectures and onsite workshops at our Midrand and Cape Town campuses. The practicals will cover the following: Workshop Safety Module, Land Survey, Electrical Wiring Plumbing (drainage and water reticulation) and Electrical Installation. Learn More
  • This qualification will consist of integrated project-based assessments to provide a holistic learning experience.

  • 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 & Draughting software including AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk 3DS Max ensuring that students are equipped with industry used CAD software.
AutocadRevit Architecture 
  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies. 

  • 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.

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

  • Design
  • Explore
  • Create

Re-imagine designers
of the future

This programmes incorporates the use of the MakersLab. A space where learning, exploration, design, making & testing will take place. It will act as a platform for design & prototyping of products specifically related to space-making.

Casting & Moulding, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Laser Cutting, CNC Milling!

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:



  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 8GB
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell Latitude 3510, i7, 16GB

R18 000.00Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 8M cache, base 1.8GHz, to 4.9GHz), 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 8GB,1x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, DDR4, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, 1Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/2GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory, 4 Cell 53Whr Express Charge Capable Battery, Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit), 1Y Collect and Return Service

R19 500.00 Learn More

Same foundation, more memory...for those who want to get a little more serious.

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U (4 Core, 5.6" FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Non-Touch, Camera & Microphone, Power Button with Touch Fingerprint Reader, 16GB,2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC, 15.6" LCD Display Back Cover, WLAN, M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia GeForce MX230 w/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 (+/- 12 hours of a week of class time)
    • Learning is blended (combination of online & contact time)
    • All credits are achieved via your study duration at the academy, studio time and project-based assignments. 
    Part Time & Online  
    • Part Time12 Months, (1 x 2hrs / Week @ 18:00 & 3hrs every 2nd Saturday @ 09:00)
    • Online = 12 Months, 120 credits (1 x 2hrs / Week @ 18:00)
    • Credits are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks.
    *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. 
  • Career Options

    • Draughting Office Manager
    • Spatial Planner
    • 3D Modeller & Visualization 
    • Architectural Draughtsman
  • Study Kit

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


    • Free WIFI (Unlimited, On-Campus only). 
    • Autodesk student license valid for 1 year.
    • Adobe student license valid for 1 year. 
    • USB 32GB with all required software applications. 
    • Stationery including: 
      • AIE Pen
      • AIE Notepad 
      • AIE Pencil Bag (30cm)
      • UNI Pin Fine Liner (0.05mm, 0.2mm, 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.8mm) 
      • A4 Bleedproof Sketchpad - 50 Sheets
      • A3 Bleedproof Sketchpad - 50 Sheets
      • A3 Tracing paper - 30 Sheets
      • Monte marte pencils 12 pack/ Staedler traditional sketch pencil
      • Derwent piece Artist Pencils 12 pack
      • A2 Cutting Mat
      • NT Cutter
      • Steel Ruler - 30cm
      • Scale Ruler
      • A2 Portfolio Bag - Shoulder Strap no rings
    • Electronic Study 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
    • VR 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 
  • International Autodesk Software Certificates: AutoCAD Essentials, Autodesk Revit Architeture, 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) 

myWay Hybrid Learning is a technology mediated delivery method that extends the benefit of flexibility and technology to all students. Our unique and modern approach to learning three main delivery methods


Have all your classes ready to be downloaded and watched, anytime, anywhere.


Never miss a classs because of health, traffic, or transport issues.


A personalized class schedule, attend class on campus, virtually or both.

Full Time, Hybrid Learning

A traditional method of full time learning with a modern-day add-on. Reach your full potential through our myWay Hybrid Learning Full Time classes. These classes can be attended on campus, virtually or both. This method gives each student the ultimate flexibility to combine on campus and virtual lecturers based on their individual preferences.

Part Time, Hybrid Learning

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Hybrid Learning with at home exercises/assignments, campus and/or virtual classes at a manageable schedule and pace. Part time sessions are conducted after hours and some sessions are conducted on Saturdays.

Online, Virtual Learning

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:

  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Technology & Detailing
  • Architectural Representation & Draughting
  • History & Theory of Architecture
  • Communication in Architecture
  • Entrepreneurship



Practical Modules (1 week each):

  • Workshop Safety 
  • Land Surveying   
  • Plumbing (drainage and Water Reticulation)
  • Electrical Installation




* 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 
  • Adobe: Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign Introduction 
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel & PowerPoint through a self paced assembly
  • 3DS Max through a self paced assembly

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On Exit: Workplace Preparation and Portfolio Compilation through a self paced 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:



Topics 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
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
    Full Time
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
    Part Time
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Full Time
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Part Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
    Part Time
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
  • 23 July 2021
    26 July 2021
    Full Time
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Full Time
  • 25 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Part Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 24 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Full Time
  • 24 January 2022
    31 January 2022
    Part Time

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