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Open Day & Interactive Experience Expo, 31 August '19

We will be opening our doors to potential students eager to find out about the AIE programmes starting in September 2019 and January 2020. Our Interactive Experience Expo is a great opportunity to get creative with practical workshops hosted by each school and see the new Virtual Reality Lab in action.

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National Certificate: Multi Disciplinary Draughting (MDDOP N4/5)


Our Multi-Disciplinary Draughting National Certificate is one of the best, and most popular qualification for a draughtsperson. It is the most recognised draughting qualification in the industry as well as the pre-requisite for any further studies in draughting. It will introduce you not only to the fundamentals of draughting but also your draughting software tools and numerous draughting disciplines such as architectural, mechanical, structural, process plant and many more. This qualification will also prepare you for the MDDOP N4/N5 national examinations from the Department of Education.


Features & Benefits


  • This qualification will consist of 9 multi-disciplinary, cross - industry subjects that will include specialised, industry market-driven subjects such as building, mechanical, structural, electrical, process plant and others.
  • This multi-disciplinary approach provides a wide range of occupational options for optimal job market compatibility as it does not limit the student to a single discipline. It also allows the learner to choose a preferred specialisation early on in their career.
  • The qualification integrates up to ten 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. We utilise industry leading CAD/CAM/CAE software including Autodesk, Solidworks, ArchiCAD and SketchUp ensuring that you are educated in theory as well as the industry used CAD software.

Autodesk      Archicad

  • Scarce industry skills such as Project Management and BIM Management was added to further maximum employment success.
  • Students can also participate in an optional practical programme where they will learn the design to manufacturing process.


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:

Grade 12 with a drawing subject and Math Literacy


No drawing subject at school?  You can still apply but you must go through our Technical Bridging Course (LEARN MORE>) first, done 1 week prior to the start of the draughting qualification.


No matric?  You still have options. Do our Engineering National Certificate N3  (LEARN MORE>)

Salaries & Skills



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  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    • Full Time = +- 8 Months (Classes run Monday to Friday, 08:30 - 15:45) (Learn more about Our MyWay Learning Methods HERE)
    • Part-Time =  +- 12 Months, (Evening classes run twice/week, 18:00 - 21:00, Mon & Wed OR Tues & Thurs) (Learn more about Our MyWay Learning Methods HERE)
    • Online = +- 12 Months, (Online live classes, twice/week, 17:00 - 18:00, Mon & Wed OR Tues & Thurs)  (Learn more about Our MyWay Learning Methods HERE)



  • Career Options

    • Building Draughtsperson
    • Mechanical Draughtsperson
    • Piping Draughtsperson
    • Civil Draughtsperson
    • CAD Operator
    • Electrical Draughtsperson
    • Structural Draughtsperson
  • 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.
    • Stationary including, Notepad, Sketchpad, A4 & A3 Paper and Tracing Paper
    • Electronic Study Guides
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide.
    • Access to myAcademy student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets. 
    • USB 64GB with all required software applications.

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:


  • The Draughting Academy Multi Disciplinary Draughting Certificate.
  • N4/N5 MDDOP National Certificate Accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (Upon completion of the DOE exams).
  • Autodesk Certified Training Center Certificate for each Autodesk course completed.

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 draughtsman. 

Important Notes

Please note that you are required to have your own computer. Should you not have one, we can supply you with a laptop as part of your package. Please note that additional costs will apply. The below shows the recommended specification.



Intel® Core™ i5 or i7, 2.4 GHZ or more (i7 preferred)


8GB DDR3 Memory (16GB preferred)


1GB Dedicated Graphics Card (NVIDIA recommended)




Windows 10 (64 Bit)



PART 1: Multi-Disciplinary Draughting CORE


During this part all students will learn draughting techniques in various different industries as well as a array of industry recognized and utilized software. The below diagram explains the industries and software.


Drawing Office Orientation AutoCAD 2D Fundamentals
Building Draughting AutoCAD Advanced
Mechanical Draughting 3D Modeling with Autodesk Fusion 360 
Electrical Draughting AutoCAD Electrical
Structural Steel Detailing AutoCAD P & ID
Pictorial Draughting Autodesk Inventor Essentials
General Draughting Autodesk Revit Architecture
Piping Draughting Autodesk Navisworks


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. 


* Please note that The AIE retains the right to change the structure of the course as and when needed. 

 PART 2: Specialisations (Choose one)


During this part each student will choose a specialized industry in which they would like to focus on. We cover more CAD applications specific to each industry as well as additional subjects like project management and BIM management.




Mechanical Structural Building Piping Civil
  • Autodesk Inventor Advanced
    • Routed Systems
    • Sheet Metaling
    • Cable & Harnessing
    • Stress Analysis and Motion Simulation
  • Solidworks Essentials
  • Project Management

  • Autodesk Revit Structure Essentials
  • BIM Management
  • Project Management

  • Autodesk Revit MEP
  • SketchUp Beginners
  • ArchiCAD Beginners
  • BIM Management
  • Project Management


  • AutoCAD Plant 3D
  • Autodesk Revit Structure Essentials
  • Project Management

  • Civil Theory
    • Surveying
    • Earthworks
    • Roads
    • Drainage
    • Layerwork
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Project Management
Workplace Preparation Module (All Students)


* Please note that AIE retains the right to change the structure of the course as and when needed. 

PART 3: Workplace Preparation Module


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:

  • 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
  • 06 September 2019
    09 September 2019
    Part Time
  • 06 September 2019
    09 September 2019
    Full Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 04 September 2019
    09 September 2019

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