Kitale National Polytechnic courses, fees

Kitale National Polytechnic Courses, Requirements and Fee Structure

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Kitale National Polytechnic (KNP) is a public TVET and CBET institution established in 1980 by the government of Kenya with the assistance of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). Since then,  Kitale National Polytechnic has grown to the current population of over 4,900 students taking various courses in Artisan, Craft certificate and diploma levels.

KNP is located within Kitale Municipality along Elgon road, 1km from Kitale town.

Diploma courses take three years, craft certificates take 2 years while artisan courses run for a year. The courses are examined by KNEC, NITA, CDACC, and KASNEB.

Generally, diploma courses require a minimum KCSE mean grade of C- (minus). Craft certificates require a D+ (plus) while artisan courses D- and below.

Intakes are done in January, May and September.

Courses at Kitale Polytechnic

Courses at Kitale National Polytechnic are distributed in 9 key departments, namely:

  • Agriculture Department
  • Business Department
  • Building and Civil Engineering
  • Examination Department
  • Electrical Department
  • Information  Technology Department
  • Liberal Studies Department
  • Industrial Liaison Department
  • Maths & Applied Science Department

Agriculture Department Courses

  • Diploma in General Agriculture (Modular) (C- in KCSE)
  • Diploma Entrepreneurial Agriculture (Modular) (C plain)
  • Artisan in Agriculture (D- or KCPE)

Building and Civil Engineering Courses

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • Diploma in Building Technology
  • Diploma in Quantity Surveying
  • Diploma in Water Technology
  • Certificate in Building Technology
  • Certificate in Land Survey
  • Certificate in Roads Construction
  • Certificate in Plumbing
  • Artisan in Building Technology
  • Artisan in Plumbing

Business Department Courses

Certificate courses under this department require a D plain while diplomas a C- (minus).

  • Diploma in Business Management (Modular)
  • Diploma in Sales and Marketing (Modular)
  • Diploma in Chain Supply Management (Modular)
  • Diploma in Human Resource Management (Modular)
  • Diploma in Project Management (Modular)
  • Diploma in Accountancy (TEP)
  • Diploma in Banking and finance (TEP)
  • Diploma in secretarial (Modular)
  • Diploma in co-operative management (Modular)
  • Craft Certificate in Business Management (Module I and II)
  • Craft Certificate in Sales and Marketing (Module I and II)
  • Craft Certificate in Chain Supply Management (Module I and II)
  • Craft Certificate in Project Management (Module I and II)
  • Craft Certificate in Human Resource (Module I and II)
  • Craft Certificate in secretarial studies (Module I and II)
  • KASNEB Courses
  • Professional Course in Supply Chain Management
  • Professional Course in Human Resource Management
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Trade Specialization Units & Single Subjects Courses

  • Computerized Document Processing
  • Shorthand
  • Office Procedures
  • Principles and Practice of Marketing
  • Communication Skills
  • Business Calculations I & II
  • Secretarial Duties
  • Financial Accounting
  • Commerce I & II
  • Economics
  • Commercial Law
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Business finance
  • Office Administration and Management
  • Storekeeping I & II
  • Statistics
  • Cost Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Management and Environment

Short Courses

  • Business Plans
  • Project writing
  • Proposal writing
  • Customer care and public relations
  • Bookkeeping
  • Records management
  • Office practice
  • Business calculations
  • Supply services
  • Human resource services
  • Organization and functions of government
  • Communication skills, among others

Electrical Department Courses

Full-time Courses

  • Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power)
  • Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Instrumentation)
  • Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunication)
  • Craft Certificates in Electrical Engineering
  • Artisan Course in Electrical Engineering

Part-time Courses

  • Trade Test I, II, III
  • Higher National Diploma in Electrical Engineering
  • Solar technology
  • Computer Repair and Maintenance

Information Technology Department Courses

The department offers the following courses on full time and part time basis:

  • Diploma in computer studies (3 years)
  • Diploma in Information Communication Technology (3 years)
  • Certificate in Information Communication Technology (2 years)

Professional Short Courses

  • Cisco Certified Networking Associate(CCNA/CISCO) (4 months)
  • International Computer Driving License (ICDL). (2 months)
  • Certified Information Communication Technologists (KASNEB)(2 years)
  • Computer Application Packages (Short Course) (1 month)
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CBET Programs (being introduced)

  • Diploma in Computer Hardware and Maintenance
  • Diploma in Computer Networking
  • Diploma in Software Engineering

Liberal Studies Department Courses

Some courses in this department are yet to be introduced.

  • Certificate in Social Work and Community Development (TEP)
  • Diploma in Social Work and Community Development Module 1, 2
  • Diploma in Social Work Module 3
  • Diploma in Community Health Modula 3
  • Certificate in Information Studies Module 1 and 2
  • Diploma in Information Studies (TEP)
  • Diploma in Entrepreneurship Education Module 1
  • Certificate in Project Management (TEP)
  • Diploma in Project Management Module 1

Hospitality Management Department Courses

  • Diploma in Food & Beverage Management (3 years, C-)
  • Craft Certificate in Food and Beverage Management (2 years, D+)
  • Artisan in Food and Beverage Management (1 year, D-)
  • Higher Diploma in Food and Beverage Management (2 years)
  • Diploma in Catering & Accommodation (C-, 3years)
  • Craft Certificate in Catering & Accommodation (D- (minus), 2 years)

Maths & Applied Science Department

Craft certificate courses require a D plain in KCSE while diplomas require C- (minus).

  • Craft Certificate in Science Laboratory (TEP)
  • Craft Certificate in Science Laboratory (Modular)
  • Diploma in Applied Biology (TEP)
  • Diploma in Analytical Chemistry (TEP)
  • Diploma in Chemical Engineering (TEP)
  • Diploma in Environmental Science (TEP)
  • Diploma in Medical Engineering  (TEP)
  • Diploma in Petroleum and Geoscience (Modular)
  • Diploma in Food Science and Processing Technology (Modular)
  • Craft Certificate in Food Processing & Preservation Technology (Modular)

Mechanical and Automotive Engineering Department

Kitale National Polytechnic offers Higher National Diploma, Diploma, Craft, Artisan, and Government Trade Test  courses in the following areas:

  • Mechanical Engineering (plant option)
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Welding and Fabrication Technology
  • Technical Drawing
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KNP also offers driving school courses.

Kitale National Polytechnic CBET Courses

Competency Based Education and Training is a training system based on the acquisition of skills relevant to the job market.

These courses are examined by KNP and CDACC.

  • Horticulture Nursery Production Level 3 (Basic) (takes 6 months and requires a minimum of KCPE certificate)
  • Housekeeping Level 3 (Basic) (6 months, KCPE)
  • Electrical Installation Level 3 (Basic) (6 months, KCPE)
  • Electrical Installation Level 3 (Basic) (KCPE OR KNQA Level 1 & 2), 6 months
  • Plumbing Level 3 (Basic) (KCPE OR KNQA Level 1 & 2), 6 months
  • Office Assistant Level 4 (Basic) (9 months, KCPE)
  • Food & Beverages (Culinary Arts) Level 4 (Basic), 9 months
  • Project Management Level 5 (Intermediate), 15 months (KCSE D)
  • Food Technology Level 6 (Advanced) (KCSE C- or KNQA Level 5), 27 months
  • Automotive level 5 (intermediate) (KCSE D, KCE Division III OR KNQA 4), 15 months.

Kitale National Polytechnic Fee Structure

the current tuition fee for all diploma, certificate and artisan courses at Kitale National Polytechnic is Ksh. 67,189 for the first academic year.

You can view and download the latest KNP fee structure, admission letter, and course application and payment procedure from the link: Download KNP Subsidy Fee Structure.

Apart from the fees above, each course has its own minimum requirements and material

Kitale National Polytechnic Contacts

  • Kitale National Polytechnic
  • P.O. Box 2162-30200
  • Kitale, Trans Nzoia County
  • Telephone: +254 721 379304 / +254 780 379304
  • Email:

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