NITA Kenya Courses, Course Duration, Requirements and Fee Structure

by | Feb 8, 2023 | EDUCATION | 76 comments

The National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) is a Kenyan state corporation tasked with promoting quality and efficient industrial training. NITA offers a variety of courses, including proficiency, skills upgrading, artisan, and tailor-made courses for both formal and informal sectors.

Skills upgrading courses are 120 hours and offered during the day for 4 hours per day or in the evening for 2 hours per day.

On the other hand, Tailor-made courses are short-duration and customized to meet the specific needs of customers, with duration varying based on training needs. NITA is the examining body for all courses.

NITA courses in Kenya are offered in five industrial training centres across the country, which are:

  • NITA Textile Training Institute
  • NITA Nairobi (Headquarter)
  • NITA  Kisumu
  • NITA Mombasa
  • NITA Athi River

Courses Offered by NITA Kenya

Electrical Section

  • 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)

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
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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

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
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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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  1. Bonventure muange

    I would like my brother to take a course in your institute at athi river, motor vehicle mechanics, how much is the fee per term.

    • Ezekiel Ochami

      Hi Bonventure. We have a rough estimate of fees towards the end of this article. You can view the current fee structure on the nita website

      • Elphas Imosi

        I would like to upgrade my studies in sign writing ,painting and can i go about it?

        • Joshua kioko Michael

          I need to apply for grade test mvm mechanic.

      • Kipyegon arnold

        Hi I would like to persue a diploma course in motor rewinding.. what’s the qualifications please?

      • Arnold C

        What is best course I can pursue with you to help in being a better manufacturing machine operator?

  2. Isaiah Wenani Wasai

    Looking forward to training with you Nita.

  3. Chepkirui tanui

    Naeza Pata course ya tour guide

    • Ezekiel Ochami

      I think you qualify for diploma in this or related field.

  4. Dancan Otieno

    Na C- baeza pata Diploma in welding and fabrication please

    • Ezekiel Ochami

      Yes. You can try Railway Training Institute. They offer it at C- under mechanical engineering section.

  5. Dominic

    I want to take mechanics in automotive with kcse D+ . Is that possible please?

  6. Nancy

    Would like to do automotive engineering with a c-. As a lady do I qualify? When is the next intake. Then what is the minimum amount one can be enrolled with(school fees)

  7. Akumbe Robert

    Hae I would like to do building and construction with a D+ do i qualify for it at Nita

    • Ezekiel Ochami

      Hi Robert. You qualify for an industrial craft certificate in Building and Construction. The minimum entry requirements are KCSE mean grade of D (plain)/Artisan Certificate.


    Which of of your centers offer tiling course?,..fees,entry requirements and duration please.

    • Trizer Hellen

      Hi,after completing the course, do NITA students graduate and can I qualify to do building and constraction within a grade of D plain

      • Ezekiel Ochami

        Yes, they do graduate. You can check out their Facebook page:Nita Facebook Page
        You qualify for building and construction. You can contact NITA for further information on: +254-720-917897,254-736-290676,+254-772-212488.

  9. Elizabeth

    Hi. Am Elizabeth. A science graduate from Jkuat. I have been jobless since graduation. What short course can I venture into? Thanks

      • Jackline

        Hi I would like to do plumbing and pipe fitter n grade is D+, can I get a part-time evening class? Thanks.

        • Ezekiel Ochami

          Hi Jackline, the part-time classes are for those already in service and would wish to upgrade skills. Please confirm on Nita website on this link: .
          You can also contact Nita on:
          Director General, NITA
          Commercial Street, Industrial Area Nairobi
          Telephone: +254-20-2695586/9
          Mobile No: +254-720-917897,254-736-290676,+254-772-212488

      • Stphen mwanzia

        I have done electrical installation grade 3 and would like to continue grade 2 part time is it possible in your institution?

        • Ezekiel Ochami

          Please contact NITA on any of the following numbers or email for clarification on this. Thank you.
          Telephone: +254-20-2695586/9
          Mobile No: +254-720-917897,254-736-290676,+254-772-212488
          Hotline: +254-753-244676

  10. Antony Githae

    what date is it…in this year may intake please

    • Ezekiel Ochami

      Hi Antony. Not yet published but you can contact them for further advice on admission schedule at:
      Director General, NITA
      Commercial Street, Industrial Area Nairobi

      Telephone: +254-20-2695586/9
      Mobile No: +254-720-917897,254-736-290676,+254-772-212488
      Hotline: +254-753-244676

  11. Donny Calyx Obuore

    Hi am Donny and I would like to get part time learning on masonry online.

  12. Samson maingi

    Hay can I apply for mechanical engineering exam am from kabete technical certificate level.

  13. Brian Kibet

    Also me I would like to pursue a course of electrical or mechanical engineering. How can I get admission letter?

  14. Edward

    Can l pursue for ICT course

  15. Kennedy

    Hi would like to pursue in plumbing and pipefitter

  16. Lawrence

    Hey , can i pursue mig welding course there? I’ve already done arc welding

  17. Kennedy

    I had a D plain and im interested in plumbing and pipe fitter…send me fees structure.

  18. Isaac

    Hi.i would like to advance in motor vehicle electrician.will be possible to study while am at work?

  19. Shedrach nzyoki

    Hi ,am shedrach I had B- can I get a chance in electrical engineering

  20. Moses omonya

    Hey team ,iam Moses from busia ,I did artisan course in masonry and i need to upgrade
    Secondly trough my ability to learn things quickly I managed to learn electrical installation and plumbing works and I still need to upgrade them as well
    Kindly will appreciate if given direction.

  21. Moses omonya

    Hello team I did applied geometry when doing my artisan course in masonry which enables me to do architecture can I upgrade to industrial AutoCAD level without any cert on architecture?


    I want to enroll for boiler operation course under basic how do I get the admission no n account no for kisumu branch

  23. Geoffrey Ndung'u Kigweru

    Hello,am Geoffrey ,I did my Kcse and after joined NYS where I did my grade 3and grade 2 in Electrical,am kindly requesting if I can enroll for grade1 at your institution and after grade one will I do Craft or diploma please advice and if possible can I have part time classes cause am a government employee.Thanks in Advance.

  24. Geoffrey Ndung'u Kigweru

    My nearest Nita is ATHI RIVER


    can i do diploma in Automotive enginearing i have Grade I ceartificate and ido not have KCSE CERTIFICATE, please reply me through my email

    • douglas ontiri

      Hallo Nita IAM already a plumber with no certification what can I do to get one thanks

      • Ezekiel Ochami

        Kindly contact NITA on: +254-720-917897,254-736-290676,+254-772-212488. You might do a trade test first to check your level of experience.

  26. Romana

    I have a brother who got E which course can he do at NITA? Please guide. Thanks.

    • Ezekiel Ochami

      He qualifies for artisan courses eg electrical wiring, masonry and welding

  27. shaline

    do you offer business courses

  28. Kevin Owour Obambo

    Can I do mechanical engineering together with Driving with a D-?

    • Ezekiel Ochami

      Hi Kevin, craft courses require at least D plain KCSE mean grade.

  29. Riza Nkatha

    Would like to join you

  30. Ernest okumu

    Hi i want to do welding and fabrication in busia vocational training center.
    Can i qualify with a D- In kcse?

    • Ezekiel Ochami

      Yes. Artisan certificate courses require D- and below in KCSE.

  31. Ezekiel

    Any course for mobile phone repair in athi river branch? How much is the fee and the duration?


    I would like to join the NITA Athi River in painting and decorating.

  33. ercah

    I have knowledge in mechanical engineer but don’t have certificate ,can I register for exam. Or advice on

    • Ezekiel Ochami

      Hi, if you have proof of prior skills in a particular craft, you can apply for a trade test examination at the appropriate KNQA or NITA institution.

  34. Denis

    Can aperson start an electrical installation course witha D plain and if yes how much does it cost

    • Ezekiel Ochami

      Electrical installation requires at least D- and costs Ksh. 20,800 level 1, Ksh. 18,500 level 2 and Ksh. 18,500 for level 3.

  35. Washingtone obiero

    Hi i want do generall fittings and i had a C plain,please help me together with the fee structure for the whole year

  36. Nicodemus

    Hi, how can I get full details about hair dressing and beauty therapy, it’s course duration and fees structure please.

  37. William

    I have been doing vihicle wiring at jua kali Nairobi for two years and i would like to have a certificate or a diploma at part time.i had a mean grade of D+.which do i qualify

  38. Elvis Ogola

    Hae am Elvis currently in mombasa want to take business Management at NITA mombasa branch i had a C- in my K.C.S.E and a D- in Maths do i qualify? and how is the payment?

  39. David Okoth

    Am David Okoth currently in Homabay county
    I want to take boiler course at NITA Kisumu branch of which I had a mean grade of D+ do I qualify

    • Ezekiel Ochami

      Hi, craft courses require a D plain and above for courses at NITA.

  40. Olalo sylvester

    Pls introduce motor rewinding and cctv course at your kisumu campus.

  41. Dan wanjohi

    I am Dan did mvm grade 1 ,kcpe level, what can I upgrade to.

  42. Aron kipngeno

    I score D- in my k.c.s.e national exam;i want to apply for elelectronic mechanics course,how much for the full duration course fees?

    • Ezekiel M.

      Craft Proficiency or Artisan course level 1: Ksh. 20,800, level 2: Ksh. 18,500 and level 3: Ksh. 18,500.

  43. Lilian Kambua

    I want to do IT in this institution and I finished highschool in December…is it possible?and if it’s possible what’s the cost?

    • Ezekiel M.

      Hi. Yes it is possible but the charges for IT courses (computer packages) at NITA are not disclosed but are indicated as negotiable.

      You can request for info on current fees on any of these mobile numbers: +254-720-917897,254-736-290676,+254-772-212488


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