Architectural Technology: National Certificate

The Architectural Technologist, also known as a building technologist, provides technical building design services and solutions and is trained in architectural technology, building, technical design and construction. Architectural technologist apply the science of architecture and typically concentrate on the technology of the building, design technology and construction.

The training of an Architectural Technologist concentrates on the ever-increasingly complex technical aspects in a building project, but matters such as aesthetics, space, light and circulation are also involved within the technical design, leading the professional to assume decisions which are also design related.


CETA / National Certificate: Architectural Technology / NQF 5 / 120 Credits / SAQA ID 48734

Accreditation:  CETAlogo  client_qcto

Entrance Requirements

Minimum Grade 12 (Senior Certificate) or N3 Qualification
English as a First or Second Language
Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
Learning Programme: Architectural Technology
English as a First or Second Language

Recognition of Prior Learning

If the applicant does not meet the entrance requirements he/she can either do our architectural technology learning programme or apply for recognition of prior learning, the requirements for RPL in this programme is as follows:

The Applicant who wishes to accepted into the programme via RPL must develop a Portfolio of work completed. A portfolio is a logically organised record of a candidate’s evidence of prior learning, and will serve as proof of the candidate’s expertise. It can also include evidence of knowledge or skills gained from a wide variety of sources. This portfolio is usually a set of the applicants art / technical drawings attained from high school or any other institutions.


Full Time / 2 Years / Day Classes

Career Opportunities

– Self Employed Consultants – Register as Architectural Draughtsperson with South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)
– Surveying Office Management
– Contract Administration
– Application of Building Regulations
– Opportunities within Architectural Firms
– Opportunities within Government Institutions
– Opportunities with Property Developers
– Architectural or Engineering Detailing
– Visual 3D Renderer

Practical Working Experience

As an added feature to the program the student is required to complete 3 months of real working experience with an architectural practice, during the second year of their studies.

Equipment Needed: 

Laptop with windows 7 /8 / 10 with the following minimum specifications.

CPU Type Minimum Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ 64 processor
Memory For 32-bit AutoCAD 2016: 2 GB (3 GB recommended) For 64-bit AutoCAD 2016: 4 GB (8 GB recommended)
Display Resolution 1024×768 (1600×1050 or higher recommended) with True Color

Corporate Partnerships

The Box Learning Studio has partnered with many architectural practices around the city which assures the learning experience is recent, relevant & up to standard.

Guest Industry Instructors

The Box Learning Studio believes in a variety of different learning perspectives this is why from time to time students will be lectured by different professionals working in the industry on a given topic related to their field. We receive architectural technologists, architects & structural or civil engineers to deliver lessons on various topics.