National Certificate: Broadcast Engineering

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Purpose & Rationale Broadcasting Engineering

The purpose of this Qualification is to build competencies required by learners in broadcast engineering to enable them to work as technicians in the broadcast industry. The acquisition of knowledge and skills will empower learners to respond to challenges in the broadcasting environment and the changing world of work where the Broadcast Technician is an important extension of the Engineering field. The learners will also acquire the attitudes and values required to operate confidently as individuals in the South African community.

This Qualification provides learners with not only a broad knowledge base and a critical understanding of terms, rules, concepts, principles and theories of Broadcast Engineering that will enable learners to be informed workers, but also develops specific competencies in the following streams: Radio, Television, Broadcast Contribution, Broadcast Head-end Systems, Broadcast Distribution or Broadcast Spectrum Management. Qualifying learners are able to use methods in Broadcast Engineering to install, set-up, operate, fault find, maintain and repair broadcasting equipment in one of the above mentioned disciplines. The qualification credits a learning experience that allows flexible access to life-long learning, higher education and employment in Broadcast Engineering as a career path.

  • Certificate : National Certificate: Broadcast Engineering
  • SAQA Qualification ID : 48792
  • Minimum Credits : 120
  • NQF Level : 5

To enter this program you must successfully complete the Front-Office Assessment. The minimum qualification requirement is Grade 12 and Communication and Numerical Skills at Level 4


You will also be required to bring the following documentation with you at point of registration:

  • Certified copy of your ID
  • Certified copy of your guardian / next of keen ID
  • Certified copy of Grade 12 Certificate
  • 2 Passport Photographs

If you are a minor, or if someone else is responsible for your fees, then that person should accompany you at the time of registration to fill in legal documentation

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This qualification articulates vertically with the Bachelors Degree in Engineering: Electrical.

Exit points for learners who do not complete the Qualification:

  • Learners will be credited with Unit Standards in which they have proved competence
  • Learners who complete individual Unit Standards, but do not complete the Qualification retain their credits.
    However, should the substance of the Unit Standards change, the validity of the credit towards the Qualification may be reviewed.
  • Learners who change their provider or learning site before completing the Qualification may transfer their credits to the new learning site.


1. Apply the essential methods, processes and techniques to install broadcast equipment and manage the work according to a plan.

2. Conduct complex broadcast measurements, analyse information and draw conclusions, using a range of devices and applying it in a variety of contexts.

3. Operate complex broadcast equipment to support clients and test equipment performance.

4. Diagnose, analyse and solve diverse broadcast engineering problems creatively and innovatively using appropriate techniques.

5. Apply the essential methods, processes and techniques to maintain, fault-find and repair broadcast equipment.

6. Work with and support colleagues and clients using effective communication techniques.

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