Requirements for TVET courses offered in Kenya 2023/2024

Vocational training center, colleges and universities in Kenya offer different TVET courses designed to prepare students for the job market. Requirements for TVET courses.

Noteworthy, a good number of students who meet University entry requirement are opting for TVET courses over the degree programs they are called to pursue at the university.

The big question is, why are students opting for TVET courses instead of degree course, I will tell you. There are many opportunities in the job market for TVET students. They are finding opportunities much easier as compared to students at other education levels.

In this article, we will look in details the requirements for TVET courses offered in Kenya. Furthermore, we will look at the TVET courses offered in Kenya. Let’s dive in.

The following are the list of courses and the requirements to pursue TVET education in Kenya.

TVET courses offered in Kenya

  • Artisan courses
  • Certificate courses.
  • Diploma courses.
  • Higher diploma courses

Requirements for TVET courses

There are a number of requirements that a student should meet in order for him or her to study TVET courses in Kenya. They include the following:

KCPE/KCSE certificate for artisan courses

TVET courses does not demand much from a student. Grades in KCPE/KCSE is not a limit as one can pursue selected artisan courses in different institutions as long as they have a certified certificate.

Some courses will demand from a student a KCPE certificate while others will require both KCPE and KCSE certificates.

Minimum entry requirements for TVET courses

  • Mean grade D plain for certificate courses

To pursue a certificate course in a TVE institutions, one should have scored at least D (Plain)  in their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). Some certificate courses require only a KCPE/KCSE certificate regardless of the grade/points.

Mean grade C- (minus) for Diploma courses.

Note that, all institutions that offer Diploma courses to students require them to have a mean grade of C- (Minus) and above in their KCSE. This run across all the courses including medical courses that demand a student to have scored C- (Minus). Minimum subjects requirement is a must. One has to prove that be or she was well conversant with other subjects beside the mean grade.

The minimum entry requirements also vary depending with the institution. Therefore, before making an application, it’s important to inquire from the institution that one wants to enroll in. Entry requirements differ from one institution to the other. TVET courses could be the same, but some colleges implement new methodologies and approaching during teaching.

Respective Diploma for Higher Diploma Courses

To be enrolled for a higher diploma, one needs to have graduated with a diploma in field the same field or any closely related filed. Noteworthy, it is advisable to enroll for the same course or a course that is closely related because the criteria and methodologies apply.

After choosing a TVET institution, one is advised to go through the list of TVET courses offered in the institution checking if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

TVET Diploma Courses/ Programmes

The following are the TVET Diploma courses that are offered in Kenya today:

  • Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Petroleum Management
  • Petroleum Management Courses
  • Clothing, Fashion and Textile
  • Textiles, Apparel and Fashion Design
  • Tax & Customs Administration
  • Diploma in Tax and Customs Administration
  • Business & Management
  • Business & Management Courses
  • Primary Teacher Education

What are TVET Courses in Kenya?

The Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) is a corporate body that regulates the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). The authority is mandated to oversee the licensing and accreditation of learning institutions, trainers and programs. As a learner who wishes to join a TVET Authority institution, it is important to find a licensed institution for your certification to be recognized. Besides, you have to go through the list of the best TVET courses in Kenya to find out what will suit you best.

TVETA has approved a total of over 278 courses that are competency-based. The approval process is also meant to protect students from enrolling to fake courses. Here is a list of the best TVET courses in Kenya.

  • Certificate in Disaster Management
  • Certificate in Social Work
  • Certificate in Community Development
  • Certificate in Business Management
  • Diploma in Information Technology
  • Diploma in Business Management
  • Certificate in Tour Guiding
  • Diploma in Journalism
  • Certificate in Electrical Engineering
  • Certificate in Supply Chain Management
  • Certificate in CPA
  • Diploma in Computer Engineering
  • Certificate in Computer Engineering
  • Certificate in Food Preparation &Culinary Arts
  • Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Diploma in Catering and Accommodation
  • Certificate in Catering and Accommodation
  • Artisan in Building Technology
  • Artisan in Fashion Design and Garment making
  • Grade III in Electrical Wireman
  • Grade III in Tailoring & Dressmaking
  • Grade III-1 in Masonry
  • Grade III-1 in Hairdressing
  • Diploma in Homecare Management
  • Craft in Homecare Management
  • Diploma in Kenya Registered Nursing
  • Trade Test in Motor Vehicle Mechanics
  • Trade Test in ICT
  • There are other technical courses in Kenya that are marketable and worth studying. They include the following:
  • Diploma in Food Production
  • Craft in Food Production
  • Diploma in Food Production, Sales and Service Management
  • Diploma in Pastry and Bakery
  • Diploma in Housekeeping
  • Craft in Food Production, Sales and Service Management
  • Diploma in Housekeeping and Laundry
  • Diploma in Tourism Management
  • Certificate in Media Techniques
  • Diploma in Media Techniques
  • Diploma in Psychological Counseling
  • Craft in Psychological Counseling
  • Diploma in Animal Health and Production
  • Diploma in Animal Health and Range Management
  • Diploma in Leather Technology
  • Craft in Leather Technology
  • Craft in Animal Health and Production
  • Craft in Animal Health and Range Management
  • Diploma in Insurance
  • Proficiency in Insurance
  • Craft in Insurance
  • Craft in Information Technology
  • Craft in Entrepreneurial Agriculture
  • Craft in Dairy Management
  • Craft in Dairy Science and Technology

Universities, Polytechnics and Technical Institutes for Pursuing TVET Courses in Kenya


  • Co-operative University of Kenya – Nairobi
  • Dedan Kimathi University of Technology – Nyeri
  • Meru University of Science and Technology – Meru
  • Technical University of Kenya – Nairobi
  • Technical University of Mombasa – Mombasa
  • Murang’a University of Technology – Murang’a


  • Eldoret National Polytechnic – Uasin Gishu
  • Kabete National Polytechnic – Kiambu
  • Kenya Coast National Polytechnic – Mombasa
  • Kisii National Polytechnic – Kisii
  • Kisumu National Polytechnic – Kisumu
  • Kitale National Polytechnic – Trans Nzoia
  • Meru National Polytechnic – Meru
  • North Eastern Province National Polytechnic (NEP) – Garissa
  • Nyeri National Polytechnic – Nyeri
  • Sigalagala National Polytechnic – Kakamega
  • Kenya Technical Trainers College – Nairobi

Technical Institutes

  • Ahmed Shahame Mwidani Technical Training Institute – Mombasa
  • Aldai Technical Training Institute – Nandi
  • Bahati Institute of Business and Administration Studies – Nakuru
  • Baringo Technical College – Baringo
  • Bondo Technical Training Institute – Siaya
  • Bumbe Technical Training Institute – Busia
  • Bunyala Technical and Vocational College Port – Busia
  • Bureti Technical Training Institute – Bomet
  • Bushiangala Technical Training Institute – Kakamega
  • Butere Technical and Vocational College – Kakamega
  • Chuka Technical and Vocational College – Tharaka Nithi
  • David M. Wambuli Technical and Vocational College – Makueni
  • Ekerubo Gietai Technical Training Institute – Nyamira
  • Emining Technical Training Institute – Baringo
  • Emsos Technical and Vocational College – Nandi
  • Endebess Technical Training Institute – Trans Nzoia
  • Gatanga Technical and Vocational College – Murang’a
  • Gitwebe Technical Training Institute – Nyamira
  • Godoma Technical Training Institute – Kilifi
  • Jeremiah Nyaga Technical Training Institute – Embu
  • Kaiboi Technical Training Institute – Nandi
  • Kajiado West Technical and Vocational College – Kajiado
  • Kapcherop Technical and Vocational College – Elgeyo Marakwet
  • Karen Technical Training Institute for the Deaf – Nairobi
  • Karumo Technical Training Institute – Meru
  • Kasarani Technical and Vocational College – Nairobi
  • Katine Technical Training Institute – Machakos
  • Keroka Technical Training Institute – Kisii
  • Kiirua Technical Training Institute – Meru
  • Kipkabus Technical and Vocational College – Uasin Gishu
  • Kipipiri Technical and Vocational College – Nyandarua
  • Kipsinende Technical and Vocational College – Kericho
  • Kisiwa Technical Training Institute – Bungoma
  • Konoin Technical Training Institute – Bomet
  • Koshin Technical Training Institute – Uasin Gishu
  • Laikipia East Technical and Vocational College – Laikipia
  • Laikipia North Technical and Vocational College – Laikipia
  • Laisamis Technical and Vocational College – Marsabit
  • Maasai Mara Technical and Vocational College – Narok
  • Machakos Technical Training Institute for the Blind – Machakos
  • Masai Technical Training Institute – Kajiado
  • Masinga Technical and Vocational College – Machakos
  • Mathenge Technical Training Institute – Nyeri
  • Mathioya Technical and Vocational College – Murang’a
  • Mathira Technical and Vocational College – Nyeri
  • Matili Technical Training Institute – Bungoma
  • Mawego Technical Training Institute – Homa-Bay
  • Michuki Technical Training Institute – Murang’a
  • Mitunguu Technical Training Institute – Meru
  • Moiben Technical and Vocational College – Uasin Gishu
  • Mukiria Technical Training Institute – Meru
  • Mukurwe-ini Technical Training Institute – Nyeri
  • Mumias West Technical and Vocational College – Kakamega
  • Muraga Technical Training Institute – Tharaka Nithi
  • Musakasa Technical Training Institute – Bungoma
  • Nachu Technical and Vocational College – Kiambu
  • Nairobi Technical Training Institute – Nairobi
  • Naivasaha Technical and Vocational College – Nakuru
  • Narok West Technical Training Institute – Narok
  • Ndia Technical and Vocational College – Kirinyaga
  • Nkabune Technical Training Institute – Meru
  • Nuu Technical and Vocational College – Kitui
  • Okame Technical and Vocational College – Busia
  • Ol’lessos Technical Training Institute – Nandi
  • PC Kinyanjui Technical Training Institute – Nairobi
  • Rift Valley Technical Training Institute – Uasin Gishu
  • Runyenjes Technical and Vocational College – Embu
  • Sabatia Technical and Vocational College – Vihiga
  • Shamberere Technical Training Institute South – Kakamega
  • Siala Technical Training Institute – Migori
  • Sot Technical Training Institute – Bomet
  • Sotik Technical Training Institute – Bomet
  • St. Josephs Technical Institute for the Deaf-Nyangoma – Siaya
  • Taveta Technical and Vocational College – Taita Taveta
  • Tharaka Technical and Vocational College – Tharaka Nithi
  • Thika Technical Training Institute – Kiambu
  • Tseikuru Technical Training Institute – Kitui
  • Ugenya Technical and Vocational College – Siaya
  • Weru Technical and Vocational College – Kilifi
  • Wote Technical Training Institute – Makueni
  • Ziwa Technical Training Institute – Uasin Gishu
  • TVET Institutes of Technology in Kenya
  • Coast Institue of Technology – Taita Taveta
  • Friends College Kaimosi – Vihiga
  • Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology – Kiambu
  • Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology – Nyandarua
  • Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology – Kisumu
  • Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology – Nakuru
  • Sang’alo Institute of Science and Technology – Bungoma
  • Siaya Institute of Technology

Conclusively, it is my hope that you will make best choices as you endeavor to select a course of your passion. All the best and let’s see you at the top. Remember to give every course your all as it will shape your career path.

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