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National Diploma: Structural Steelwork Detailing


The National Diploma: Structural Steelwork Detailing qualification will provide learners with the standards required to satisfy the challenges of participating effectively in the steel construction industry. For those who have been in the workplace for a long time, this qualification can be used in the recognition of prior learning process to assess and recognise workplace skills acquired. This qualification has been developed to assist with standardisation across the steel construction industry. This will allow a person to register as a structural steel detail draughtsman and lay a foundation for future career advancement to supervisory and manageament qualifications within the sector.

Qualifications Details

Qualification Details

  • NQF Level 5, SAQA ID: 48636, 257 Credits
  • 24 Months
  • Price includes all text books in hard copy.

Qualifications Details

Subjects & Software

  • Includes 9 theory modules.
  • Includes 3 software courses, Autodesk Revit Structural, Autodesk Advanced Steel, Prokon

Practical Components

Practical Components

Practicals must be obtained via industry relevant experience.


Our Software Vendors

We utilise industry leading CAD/CAM/CAE  software including Autodesk and Prokon ensuring that you are educated not only in theory but also the industry used CAD software.




Admission Requirements:

  • Grade 12 with full Mathematics OR
  • NQF 4 Drawing Office Practice OR
  • N4/5 Multi Drawing Office practice OR
  • Engineering National Certificate N3 (READ MORE>)


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

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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 Diploma: Structural Steelwork Detailing , NQF Level 5, SAQA ID: 48636, 257 Credits


 External assessments by an accredited assessor and internal moderation with CETA verification


Full Time

  • Without Laptop: R50,300.00 per year  (Includes theory modules, practical modules, full study kit)
  • With Laptop: R58,300 per year  (Includes theory modules, practical modules, full study kit and laptop)


Part Time

  • Without Laptop: R40,900.00 per year  (Includes theory modules, full study kit)
  • With Laptop: R48,900.00 per year  (Includes theory modules, full study kit)


Assisted Distance Learning

  • Without Laptop: R34,400.00 per year  (Includes theory modules, practical modules, full study kit)
  • With Laptop: R42,400.00 per year  (Includes theory modules, practical modules, full study kit)

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





Full Time (LEARN MORE >)

  • 24 months, 257 credits (8 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 >)

  • 24 months, 257 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. 


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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.
  • 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.

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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 a Structural Steel Detailer?

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of a structural steel detailer.


Important Notes

Please note that you are required to have your own computer. This can be in the form of a laptop or desktop PC. 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 reccomended specification.


CPU Intel® Core™ i5 or i7, 2.4 GHZ or more (i7 preferred)
MEMORY 8GB DDR3 Memory (16GB preferred)
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 (64 Bit)


Modules Covered over 2 Years
Theory Modules Software Modules

Module 1: Associate theory of structures, structural behaviour, mechanical properties and resistances of connectors and structural steelwork elements as well as regulations, codes, standards and drawing office practices with the preparation of detail drawings of connections and load bearing elements used in the fabrication and assembly of steel structures 

Module 2: Collect, analyse and critically evaluate engineering requirements for the detailing of connections and load bearing elements to ensure safe and economical connections and load bearing elements for structural steelwork assemblies 

Module 3: Organise and manage one's self and one's activities in the production of structural steelwork detail drawings to ensure the accurate measurement and placement of individual assemblies on drawing layouts in accordance with drawing office practice and specifications. 

Module 4: Communicate effectively between structural steel drawing office personnel, workshop and site personnel as well as associated engineering personnel when preparing and issuing detail drawings. 

Module 5: Communicate with clientele when compiling estimates and quotations for structural steelwork projects based on the standard system of measurement of building work for the steel construction industry thereby ensuring that accurate estimates are compiled and quotations produced from standard contract documentation are in accordance with best practice standards. 

Module 6: Identify and solve problems when preparing details of structural steelwork connections and load bearing elements to ensure accurate calculations and workshop drawings are produced in accordance with engineer's requirements and contract specifications. 

Module 7: Use science and technology associated with connection design and draughting practice to produce detail drawings of structural steelwork assemblies and arrangement drawings. 

Module 8: Use advanced 3D computer modelling science and technology to produce detail drawings and related data for the fabrication of commercial and industrial structural steel buildings. 

Module 9: Integrate the processes and sequences associated with the preparation and production of structural steelwork detail drawings with the fabricating workshop and site planning functions and evaluate the combined impact of these processes on the time and cost of producing quality products within contract specifications and programme. 

Module 10: Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by contributing to the implementation of enhanced quality control processes from the preparation of detail drawings to the fabrication stage and through to the on-site erection of structural steelwork assemblies including handover of completed steel structures. 

  • Autodesk Revit Structural
  • Autodesk Advanced Steel
  • Prokon
    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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