NITA Kenya courses, duration and fee structure

NITA Kenya Courses, Course Duration, Requirements and Fee Structure

The National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) is a state corporation mandated to promote quality and efficient industrial training in Kenya. NITA also has the mandate of ensuring there is an adequate supply of properly trained manpower for all levels of the industry. NITA Kenya courses are categorized into short and long programmes.

You can do proficiency courses, skills upgrading courses, artisan, and other tailor-made courses for both formal and informal sectors.

Skills upgrading courses take 120 hours and the classes are conducted during the day for 4 hours per day. Admission is twice per term.

While evening classes are taught 2 hours per day for the duration of the whole term.

Tailor-made courses are short-duration courses designed to suit the specific needs of customers in the market. Duration varies depending on training needs and analysis.

The examining body for all the courses is NITA.

NITA 2021 Calendar

Training in Nita centres resumed on 4th May 2021 and will flow according to the following schedule:

Nita training calendar

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NITA Branches in Kenya

NITA courses in Kenya are offered in five industrial training centres across the country. The Authority has its headquarters in Nairobi, and the following branches:

  •  NITA Textile Training Institute
  • NITA Nairobi
  • NITA  Kisumu
  • NITA Mombasa
  • NITA Athi River

Courses Offered by NITA Kenya

Electrical Section

Courses include;

  • Electrical installation and filter
  • Electrical wireman
  • Solar power installation
  • Motor control
  • Motor rewinding
  • Power generator repair and maintenance
  • Electronic mechanics (charge controllers, inverters, radio, TV, DVD, CCTV)
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Automotive Section

  • Motor vehicle mechanics
  • Motor vehicle electricals and electronics
  • On-board diagnostics and electronic diagnostics of vehicles (OBD)
  • Panel beating and spray painting
  • Motorcycle and small engines
  • Vehicle upholstery
  • EFI diagnostics
  • Engine Repair and service

Mechanical Section

  • General fitting
  • Gas welding
  • MIG and TIG welding
  • High-pressure welding
  • CNC lathe and milling machining
  • Turning/Machining (lathe, milling and shaping)
  • Welding and fabricating
  • Filter and mechanical maintenance
  • Arc welding

Building Section

  • Tiling
  • Masonry
  • Carpentry and Joinery and PVC panels ceiling
  • Plumbing and pipefitter
  • Painter/ decorator
  • Signwriting
  • Polishing
  • Shoemaking
  • Leatherwork
  • Block making
  • Cabinet maker and polishing

ICT Section

    • MS Office Packages and Internet
    • MS Publisher, Adobe Pagemaker
    • Computer hardware maintenance, installation and repair
    • Introduction to computer and OS
    • Industrial AutoCAD
    • Computer programming
    • Web development and graphics design
    • Accounting Packages
    • Microprocessor Technology
    • Data communication and computer networks
    • Entrepreneurship and soft skills

NITA Short Skill Upgrading Courses (SUG)

These are evening or part-time short courses targeting workers in industrial areas like manufacturing and processing industries, Jua kali, NGOs, counties, and parastatals.

The duration for these courses is 120 hours and requires a minimum qualification of KCPE certificate or equivalent.

SUG Courses in Building Engineering Section

  1. Carpentry & Joinery/cabinet making
  2. Plumbing / Pipe Fitter
  3. Painter/Decorator/ Polishing
  4. Masonry/Tiling/block making

SUG Courses in Mechanical Engineering Section

  1. Fitter General
  2. Arc Welding
  3. Gas Welding
  4. Machinist (Lathe, Milling, Shaping)

SUG Courses in Motor Vehicle Engineering Section

  1. Motor Vehicle Mechanics
  2. Motor Vehicle Electrician
  3. Panel Beating and Spray Painting
  4. Vehicle upholstery
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SUG Courses in Electrical Engineering Section

  1. Electrical Installation
  2. Electronics Mechanic
  3. Motor Controls
  4. Motor Rewinding/power generators repair & maintenance

Special Courses in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

These courses take a period of 2 weeks to complete and require a Government Trade Test III or equivalent in electrical installation.

  1. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
  2. Solar Installation TI

Special Courses in Mechanical, Automotive and Leather Work

The cost for these courses is negotiable and the courses go for a duration of 120 hours.

Course Requirement
MIG and TIG Welding GTT 3 in arc welding or equivalent in welding or equivalent
Industrial AutoCAD Technical Drawing or equivalent
High-Pressure welding Gtt3 in arc welding or equivalent
On-board-Diagnosis & electronic diagnosis of vehicles (OBD) MVM/MVE or equivalent
Leatherwork KCPE or equivalent

NITA Courses Admission Requirements  and Duration

Here are the course duration and entry requirements for admission into the various NITA programmes across its institutions in Kenya:

  • Artisan courses require a KCPE certificate or its equivalent and take a duration of up to 5 terms
  • Craft courses require a D- (minus) in KCSE or equivalent and take a duration of 5 terms to complete
  • Skill upgrading and Tailor-made courses require recognition of prior learning or Government trade test or any other recognized qualifications. The courses take a duration of 6 weeks which can be negotiated.
  • Craft proficiency courses are offered in three levels; Preliminary, Intermediate, and Final.

Trainees in regular craft and artisan courses are required to complete 3 months in-center training and 6 months in-plant attachment before certification at each level.

NITA Kenya Courses Fee Structure

Here are NITA Kenya fees break down for various courses, payable on admission. These may change anytime according to the Authority’s discretion.NITA Fee structure

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And here is the fee for other levels of training;

# Course Level 1 (Ksh.) Level 2 (Ksh.) Level 3 (Ksh.)
1 Crafts proficiency 20,800.00 18,500,00 18,500.00
2 Industrial Artisan 20,800.00 18,500.00 18,500.00
3 Skill Upgrading 11,500.00 9,250.00 11,550.00

Specialized courses in electrical ie solar PV & PLC take 2 weeks and the fee is Ksh. 25,000 or negotiable.

Specialized Tailor-made courses ( Mechanical, automotive, leather), the fee is negotiable, the same case with ICT Courses.

Accommodation (Nita Nairobi)

The campus can accommodate about 400 trainees and charges hostel fees as follows;

Four Weeks – Ksh. 8,500
Six Weeks – 
Ksh. 12,250
One Term – 
Ksh 25,000

Registration and application can be done on the NITA portal:

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