How To Qualify

The ONLY way to qualify as an auto electrician is by passing an Auto Electrical Trade Test at an accredited trade test centre.

Trade test applications are processed through merSETA and qualification certificates are issued by the QCTO (Quality Council for Trades and Occupations).

You can only apply for an Auto Electrical Trade Test in 2 ways :

  • Apprenticeship
  • ARPL (Artisan Recognition of Prior Learning)


Becoming a Qualified Auto Electrician (Artisan) as an apprentice involves completing a 4 year apprenticeship, along with N2 Motor Electrical Trade Theory and then successfully passing a Trade Test.

Both the employer and training centre undertaking the training of Apprentices must be approved and accredited by merSETA.

The concept of Apprenticeships is a well known and age old method of technical training. It includes practical and theoretical training in designated trades to achieve artisan status under supervision of a qualified artisan.

Apprentices must be at least 16 years old with a minimum of Gr 10 (Std8) and are bound by a 4 year contract in the designated trade and the process is governed by the Manpower Training Act.

Artisan Recognition Of Prior Learning

(Previously Section 28)

ARPL is ideal for persons who have worked in the auto electrical trade unqualified for many years and want to qualify.  You must have 4 or more years general auto electrical work experience at a registered company with at least Grade 9 (Std 7).

This process involves submitting a Trade Test application to merSETA for approval. Once approved, an aptitude test at the relevant Trade Test Centre will determine any training gaps that need to be addressed prior to the Trade Test.

Our ARPL Trade Test Programme  assists candidates with the ARPL application process.

These programmes includes the application process, trade test readiness training and the 2 days to complete the Trade Test.

Auto electrical short courses like our  T3 & T4 are an advantage. These courses cover the principles for the trade test tasks and assist you in gaining the required knowledge to increase your chances of passing.

The Trade Test

The Trade Test is a 2 day practical test conducted by an accredited Trade Test Centre. Trade certificates are nationally and internationally recognised.

Trade Tests can be conducted by a number of Decentralised Trade Test Centres (DTTC).  Candidates may be required to complete an aptitude test to establish any training gaps prior to attempting the Trade Test.

Important Note:

As of March 2021 ALL qualified artisans, local and foreign, MUST be registered on the National Artisans Register.

Visit https://nadsc.dhet.gov.za to register

Foreign Qualifications

If you are a foreign qualified artisan, your non-South African qualification needs to be evaluated by SAQA (South Africa Qualifications Authority)

Visit www.saqa.org.za under the ‘Services’ tab. Click on ‘Evaluation Of Foreign Qualifications’.

You must have passed a qualifying trade test in your country of origin to have been certified as an artisan and be in South Africa legally in terms of a permanent residence, valid visa or permit with the exclusion of a medical visa or permit. Evaluation of your non-South African qualification carries a nominal fee.