Trade Test Requirements for Electricians and Plumbers in South Africa
Without formal artisan training, you can register for the electrical- or plumbing trade test. To register for a trade test, you must:
- Have a Grade 9 High School certificate,
- Have 3 years of proven work experience as an electrician or plumber in South Africa,
- Complete the compulsory ARPL test, (Artisan Recognition of Prior Learning).
You can apply for your trade preparation training and trade test from early January to mid-December.
Classes start every Monday. Subject to availability, eligible candidates can start on the 1st available Monday. Our office team will confirm start dates with you in advance.
Cape Town classes: Monday to Friday from 07:30-12:00 and 12:00-16:00.
Pretoria classes: Monday to Thursday from 7:30-13:00 and Friday from 7:30 to12:00.
Saturday preparation classes are available by prior arrangement at an additional cost. Please contact us to discuss Saturday class attendance.
Visit the electrical trade test or plumbing trade test page for costs. After we receive your application and supporting documents, we process your registration and issue an invoice. Course fees are payable before the first day of training. When you receive the invoice, you can pay via EFT, direct bank deposit, debit card, or credit card. Payment arrangements are available. Please contact us to discuss payment options.
Yes, you receive a printed manual on the 1st day of your trade test preparation training. We provide stationery and fully equipped workshops for the electrical and plumbing trade tests.
Your preparation training and trade test is in English or Afrikaans.
We meet all OHSA and COVID 19 requirements and provide protective gloves. You must bring your own safety shoes, overalls, and jacket.