College Of Cape Town Motor Mechanic Course


In the current system for Motor Mechanics you need at least an N2 with four subjects to do your trade test.

If you want to be employed as an apprentice, all companies require an N3 with Mathematics and Engineering Science marks above 50%.

Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

Your N3 Certificate will allow you the opportunity to become an apprentice. After four years you will qualify as a motor mechanic, once you have completed your apprenticeship and passed your trade test.

What will I be able to do?

  • Motor Mechanic
  • Work in the motor trade in Parts Sales, Motor Sales, etc.

In which industries will I be able to work?

Motor and diesel industries.

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

You can study part-time (night classes) to study further and obtain a National N-Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Once you have passed your N6 Certificate, and provided that your marks in the N-subjects are above 60%, you can further your studies at an institution of Higher Education, such as a University or University of Technology.


Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?


  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Drawings/Industrial Electronics
  • Motor Trade Theory N1, N2 & N3
  • OR Diesel Trade Theory N2 & N3 as Motor Trade Theory is common to Diesel and Motor

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?

  • Grade 12 or equivalent, or
  • NC(V) Level 3

How do I get an apprenticeship to allow me entry into this course?

  • If a company employs you as an apprentice and you have the necessary qualification, you can enrol to study the N1 – N3 Certificate course.


  • 1 year full-time (each level is 12 weeks)
  • Enrolment in January, May or September

(Part-time – available)

Contact Details

Central Office
334 Albert Road
Salt River
Tel: +27 21 404 6700
Fax: +27 21 404 6701