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


The Draughting Academy's Multi-Disciplinary Draughting National Certificate is the best, and most popular qualification for draughtsman. 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 tool and numerous draughting disciplines such as architectural, mechanical, structural, process plant and many more. It will prepare you for the MDDOP N4/N5 national examinations from the department of education.

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Qualifications Details

Qualification Details

  • Multi Disciplinary Draughting National Certificate (MDDOP N4/N5)
  • Optional internationally aligned with City & Guilds CAD Operator Qualification. 
  • 9 Months fulltime/13 months part-time & correspondence.
Qualifications Details

Subjects & Software

Your qualification will consist of 9 multi disciplinary industry subjects and 11 CAD courses.

Practical Components

Practical Components

Students can also participate in an optional 4 week/20 day program where they will be hosted in an external workshop. During this time they will design various components and carry this design all the way through the manufacturing process. Extra cost will apply.


Our Software Vendors

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


 Autodesk      Archicad


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 weeks prior to the start of the draughting qualification.


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

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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.
  • City & Guilds International CAD Operator Qualification, mapped to our Multi Disciplinary Draughting Qualification (Optional, you have to write and pass the City & Guilds assessments).

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Articulation Options

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

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  • Continual Integrated Formative Assessment: As you finish your modules you will be assessed in the form of practical exercises: two assessments per subject that will count towards your term mark.  
  • Exams: Each subject will require you to write and pass one internal exam and one external exam (should you choose to write external exams). Term Mark Calculation: Assignments = 40%, Exams = 60%
  • Optional Exams: City & Guilds optional assessments should you want to get the international City & Guilds CAD Operator qualification. 

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Full Time

  • Without Laptop: R50,300.00  (Includes theory modules, practical modules, full study kit)
  • With Laptop: R57,900  (Includes theory modules, practical modules, full study kit and laptop)


Part Time

  • Without Laptop: R50,300.00  (Includes theory modules, full study kit)
  • With Laptop: R57,900.00  (Includes theory modules, full study kit)


Assisted Distance Learning

  • Without Laptop: R33,000.00  (Includes theory modules, practical modules, full study kit)
  • With Laptop: R40,600.00  (Includes theory modules, practical modules, full study kit)


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 = 8 Months (Learn more about Our Learning Methods HERE)
  • Part-Time = 12 Months (Learn more about Our Learning Methods HERE)
  • Via Assisted Distance Learning = 12 Months (Learn more about Our Learning Methods HERE)

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Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in becoming:

  • Building Draughtsman
  • Mechanical Draughtsman
  • Piping Draughtsman
  • Civil Draughtsman
  • CAD Operator
  • Electrical Draughtsman
  • Structural Draughtsman


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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 Draughtsman?

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


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


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

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PART 2: Specializations (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 The Draughting Academy retains the right to change the structure of the course as and when needed. 

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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. 
    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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