Vocational training centres, colleges and universities in Kenya offer different tvet courses designed to thoroughly prepare students for the job market.  

In recent past, a good percentage of students who meet university entry requirements have been opting for tvet programs over degree programs.

This shift can be accredited to high absorption of tvet graduates in the job market, practical based education, specialized programs, hands on learning environment etcetera.

In this article, we will at these programs, their requirements and institutions that offer them.

TVET courses offered in Kenya

  1. Artisan courses
  2. Certificate courses.
  3. Diploma courses.
  4. Higher diploma courses.

TVET requirements.

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tvet courses requirements.

These are the requirements that one has to meet in order to study various tvet programs in Kenya.

KCPE/KCSE certificate for artisan courses

Irregardless of the grade scored in either KCPE or KCSE, one can pursue selected artisan courses in various institutions as long as they have either of the aforementioned certificates.

In some courses, all one needs is a KCPE certificate, while some may require both.

Mean grade D plain for certificate courses

To pursue a certificate course in a tvet institutions, one should have scored at least D plain in their KCSE. Some certificate courses require only a KCPE/KCSE certificate irregardless of the grade/points.

If not sure of a certificate course entry requirement, it’s advisable to confirm with the institution that one wants to join.

Mean grade C- (minus) for diploma courses.

Almost all diploma courses require prospective students to have a mean grade of C- (minus) and above in their KCSE. However, some courses i.e medical related courses require a candidate to have scored a C minus. Beside this, one has to meet the minimum subject’s requirement.

Kindly note that the minimum entry requirements also vary depending with the institution. Therefore, before making an application, it’s important to inquire from the institution that one wants to enrol in.

Students who had previously pursued certificate courses can upgrade to diploma.

Respective diploma for higher diploma courses

To be enrolled for a higher diploma, one needs to have graduated with a diploma in field the same field or any closely related filed.

After choosing a tvet institution, one is advised to go through the list of tvet courses offered in the institution checking if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

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  1. I got mean grade of c plain I want pursue diploma in electrical and telecommunication engineering

  2. I feel like doing peri-operative Theater Technology and I had mean grade of C with C+in English,C. In kiswahili,D+ in math ,C – in Biology..
    Can I do that course

  3. can someone who have done certificate in Secretarial advanced in diploma in your college and may be part time

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