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National Diploma: Architectural Technology NQF6


The National Certificate: Architectural Technology NQF6 provides an introduction into the architectural profession and its role within the Building Industry.  The learner is provided with the Architectural Technical skills, competencies and academic knowledge required to practice in the Built Environment as a "Candidate Architectural Technician" and after a period of supervised practical experience and/or other requirements as specified by the professional registration body, SACAP, then be able to register as an "Architectural Technician”.



Features and Benefits



  • This qualification will consist of theory with practical and project-based assessments to provide practical application of theoretical knowledge.  
  • It builds on the foundation covered during the first year, your National Certificate: Architectural Technology NQF5 to further extend the students’ knowledge to more in-depth practices from industry.  
  • The diploma can be achieved in 12 months as the first year is National Certificate: Architectural Technology NQF5.  
  • The qualification will also integrate 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 draughts people.  
  • 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 and Autodesk Revit Advanced, Revit Structures and Revit MEP 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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  • Continual Integrated Formative Assessment: As you finish your modules you will be assessed continuously in the form of practical exercises.
  • Portfolio of Evidence: You will be required to build up a portfolio of evidence as proof that you can perform certain task in practise. This will be done in a “simulated work environment”.
  • External assessments by an accredited assessor and internal moderation with CETA verification.

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

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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

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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

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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, 240 credits (10 Sessions/Week, 2:00 hours each, +- 2 ½ day/week, class times are between 08:30 & 16:00) *24 months if you have not completed your National Certificate: Architectural Technology NQF5 
    • All class based credits are achieved via your study duration at the academy, studio time and project based assignments. 
    • 240 workplace/in-service training hours required for qualification to be issued.  

    *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, 240 credits (3 Hours on Campus session - 1 x Week @ 18:00 / 6 Hours on Campus session - Every 2nd Saturday @ 08:00)  *24 months if you have not completed your National Certificate: Architectural Technology NQF5 
    • Online = 12 Months, 240 credits (2 Hours Online session - 1 x Week @ 18:00) *24 months if you have not completed your National Certificate: Architectural Technology NQF5 
    • Credits are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks. 
    • 240 workplace/in-service training hours required for qualification to be issued. 
  • Career Options

    • Architectural Technologist 
    • Senior Architectural Technologist 
    • Draughtsperson 
    • Spatial Planner 
    • Project Manager 
    • Interior Designer 
    • Building Inspector 
  • 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.
    • Stationary including:
      • Sketchpad (A4 Bleedproof)
      • A3 Trace Pad (30 Sheets)
      • Notepad
      • Pencil Bag (15cm)
      • AIE Ruler and Pen
    • 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.

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 Diploma: Architectural Technology, NQF Level 6, SAQA ID: 48733, 240 Credits 
  • Autodesk Software: AutoCAD Advanced, Revit Advanced, Revit MEP, Revit Structural)

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 are 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.

Modules Covered


  • Cooperative learning in-service training 
  • Verbal and written communication 
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Graphic communication 
  • Design theory/history 
  • Construction Theory 
  • Relevant laws and contracts
  • Architectural design 
  • Architectural technology 
  • Advanced architectural draughtsmanship

Software Modules:  

  • Refresher: AutoCAD Essentials

  • Refresher: Autodesk Revit Essentials 

  • Refresher: Adobe: Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign Introduction 

  • Refresher: Microsoft Office: Word, Excel & PowerPoint 

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  • Autodesk Revit Advanced  
  • Autodesk Revit MEP 


  • Autodesk Revit Structure


  • BIM Management Specialization  





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 Behavior 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
    Part Time
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020
    Full Time
  • 15 July 2020
    20 July 2020

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