National Diploma Structural Steelwork Detailing National Diploma

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National Diploma: Structural Steelwork Detailing (NQF5)
SAQA ID: 48636

Part Time:

Every Saturday (2 years) Part Time


Become a specialist in Structural Steelwork Detailing. The qualification has been developed to assist with standardization across the
steel construction industry. This will allow a person to register as a structural steel detail draughtsperson and lay a foundation for
future career advancement to supervisory and management qualifications within the sector.

Admission requirements

Learner must have required Grade 12 Mathematics and EGD skills or completion of the MDDOP course and ideally must be
working within the SSD industry.
This candidate must understand and have experience in Shop Detailing, which are detailing of beams, columns, grids,
platforms and understand GA’s.

Selection Procedure

Access to this qualification is open, bearing in mind learning assumed, to be in place.

Programme content

  • Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Connection design and draughting practice techniques for basic structural steelwork assemblies
  • Strength of materials
  • Regulations, codes and drawing office practice on structural steel detailing processes
  • Processes and sequences of the production of the detail drawings integrated with fabrication and site functions. Impact of these on time and cost of producing quality products within a contract
  • Bracing systems, mechanical properties and load bearing calculations are illustrated
  • Quality Control of fabrication assembly and erection of structural steelwork
  • Drawing layouts according to drawing office practice and setting out points are calculated.


Every Saturday. Third year – practical in workplace (257 credits)

Career path/ Opportunities

  • Structural Mechanics and design
  • Structural drawing and design
  • Structural Engineer

Course Fees

(R32 000 per year)
R3 000 deposit and the balance in 10 equal installments. Please note that annual fee increases, not in excess of 10%, may apply.

Additional Costs

Applicable Red, Yellow, Green and Blue books.


Certificate from the Construction Seta.


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due to legislation, market requirements or any other reason. African Academy reserves the right to any
change without notice.




The African Academy was established in 1994 to address the critical need for well-trained and skilled Draughtspersons, and to contribute towards reducing unemployment in South Africa. The African Academy is recognized as one of Africa’s leading Draughting Education & Training Institutions. The African Academy has proven its worth by achieving an above 80% pass rate and an above 80% placement of graduates in employment. Industry attests to the high calibre of graduate that the African Academy produces.

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