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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”.

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Qualifications Details

Qualification Details

  • NQF Level 5, SAQA ID: 48734, 120 Credits
  • 12 Months
  • Text books are supplied in both hardcopy for certain modules and study guides as e-manuals.
Qualifications Details

Subjects & Software

  • Includes 9 theory modules.
  • Includes a total of 6 official CAD software courses.
  • Includes additional modules on 3D Visualization & Animation and BIM Management.
Practical Components

Practical Components

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, Wiring.




Admission Requirements:

  • Grade 12 (Competency in the english language & mathematical litteracy) OR
  • NQF4 Drawing Office Practice OR
  • N4/5 Multi Disciplinary Draughting National Certificate, MDDOP (READ MORE>) OR
  • Engineering National Certificate N3 (READ MORE>)



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


We put high priority in ensuring that the relevant accreditation's are met and maintained. This qualification has been designed to provide the student with:

National Qualification

  • National Certificate: Architectural Technology , NQF Level 5, SAQA ID: 48734, 120 Credits

International Certifications

  • Autodesk Software Certificates: AutoCAD, AutoCAD Advanced, Revit Architecture, Revit Advanced, Revit MEP, Revit Structural
  • Specialized Certificates: BIM Management, Sustainable Design, 3D Visualization & Animation.

Practical Certifications

  • Practical course in Quantity Survey
  • Practical course in Plumbing
  • Practical course in Building Methods
  • Practical course in Electrical Wiring

Articulation Options

On successfull completion of this qualification, you can articulate into the following:


  • Direct access into the National Diploma: Architectural Technology NQF6 at second year level. 
  • Access to Bachelor of Architectural Studies with credit for subjects completed, subject to institutional discretionary requirements having been met. 


  • 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.


Full Time

  • Without Laptop: R71,800.00  (Includes study kit)
  • With Laptop: R79 800.00  (Includes study kit + laptop)

Part Time

  • Without Laptop: R46 900.00  (Includes study kit)
  • With Laptop: R54 900.00  (Includes study kit + laptop)


Assisted Distance Learning

  • Without Laptop: R39 400.00  (Includes study kit)
  • With Laptop: R47 400.00  (Includes study kit + laptop)

Please note that Autodesk Licenses provided are for Windows OS only and does not extend to Mac.

We provide flexible and affordable payment options to ensure the course is always within your reach. To read more about our finance options, CLICK HERE





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Full Time (LEARN MORE >)

  • 12 months, 120 credits (10 Sessions/Week, 2:00 Hrs Each) *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.
  • All credits are achieved via your study duration at the academy.


Correspondence & Part Time (LEARN MORE >)

  • 12 months, 120 credits. 
  • Credits are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project based tasks.
  • Part Time classes will run twice each week for 3 hours. 


Who Should Attend

Anyone that would like to pursue a career as the following:


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

Study Kit

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


  • Free WIFI (3GB/Month, On Campus only).
  • Autodesk student licenses valid for three years.
  • Stationery including
    • Sketchpad( A2 & A4 )
    • Scale Ruler
    • Copic Marker(Frost Blue, Moss, Cool Grey, Warm 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

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Our Learning Methods

At The Draughting Academy we understand that that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques influenced by circumstances, location, field of study and learning preference. We have therefore developed our myWay learning methodology to suit all learners and ensure everyone has all the opportunity to achieve learning success. We deliver our qualifications via three modern and flexible delivery methods.

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. Our full time offering consist of learning sessions that make up a full day or selective days within a week.

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Part Time

Designed for the working professional, our part time program covers the same amount of information as our full time offering. Combined with our myWay Blended Learning, at home exercises/assignments and in-class lectures, this will have you ready for exams in no time. Sessions depend on what qualification you do.

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We have redefined distance learning studies. Our myWay Distance Learning ensures that the student never gets left alone to do only self-study by taking a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms and at home exercises and assignments, all managed by our myAcademy Student Portal.

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What is an Architectural Technologist?

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


Semester 1
Theory Modules Practical Modules (1 week each) Software 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 Surveying
  • Practical Plumbing


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

  • AutoCAD Essentials
  • AutoCAD Advanced
  • Autodesk Revit Architecture



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Semester 2
Theory Modules Practical Modules (1 week each) Software Modules
  • Architectural Draughtsmanship
  • Construction Technology
  • Graphic Communication Skills
  • Design Theory and History
  • Architectural Design Skills
  • Applied Building Science
  • Computer Applications
  • Verbal and Written Communication
  • Entrepeneurial Skills
  • Practical Building Methods
  • Electrical Wiring


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

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



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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. 

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    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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