Reasons Why You Should Get A National Diploma

National Diplomas show that you have work-related, practical and theoretical training. And that you are ready to start working on day one in a new job. Also, 5 other reasons why you should get a National Diploma include:

  1. Get industry related training 
  2. You will gain valuable, transferable skills
  3. Gives you access to more job opportunities
  4. Will allow you to further your education
  5. More affordable and just as good as a Degree

Industry Related Training 

National Diploma courses are a combination of work-related theory and practical training. It will ensure that you gain all the necessary knowledge and skills needed to succeed in your chosen profession.

The practical training you get is great preparation for the work environment.  

Transferable Skills

If you decide to take on a completely different career path, you can use the skills you gain in your next job.

Job Opportunities 

Job seekers who have a qualification are more likely to be hired than those who aren’t. Qualifications ensure employers that you are capable of the role. National Diplomas not only allows you the opportunity to work in a variety of different industries, but in various roles too.

Further Your Education 

After obtaining your National Diploma, you can study further to Degree level by joining an articulation programme. This will allow you to transfer your study credits to certain universities in order to continue your studies and earn your Degree.


National Diploma courses are less strict with their entry requirements. As well as completed in less time, at a much cheaper cost than Degrees at universities. Plus, National Diplomas are nationally
recognised and can still help you get the same job as someone with a Degree.

A woman celebrating getting her National Diploma with the Bellview logo in the corner

What is a National Diploma?

National Accredited Training Education Diploma (NATED) programmes were created and supported by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

The purpose of the qualification is to give students:

  • Job specific knowledge
  • Practical training
  • Skills required for their chosen career 

Is it Accredited?

NATED is accredited by the
Quality Council for Trade and Occupations (QCTO). They are also registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

This ensures that all National Diploma qualifications are credible and of high standard.

What does it involve?

To earn your
National Diploma, you will need to complete the following:

  • N4 Certificate
  • N5 Certificate
  • N6 Certificate
  • 18 Months work based training

What are the requirements?

The entry requirements for a
National Accredited Training Education Diploma (NATED) is to have your Matric Certificate or equivalent (NQF Level 4). 

If you do not have your Matric Certificate, take a look at our ICB courses

To see the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) entry requirements, click here.

Where Can I Study?

There are colleges all over South Africa that give you the opportunity to earn your National Diploma.

Distance Learning colleges are ideal for students who want to study part time, and still gain work experience at the same time.

You can take a look at one of the following colleges offering National Diploma courses:

Get Your National Diploma with Bellview!

Bellview Institute is a distance learning college in South Africa, fully registered by the
DHET. We offer a variety of accredited career development courses to help students earn their National Diploma.

Have a look at our full course selection or contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to assist!

  • Give us a call on our toll-free number 0800 39 00 27
  • Fill out our contact form at the bottom of the page
  • Chat to us on Whatsapp 082 318 8892

Author: Kayla Preston
Last Updated: 27 November 2020

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