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Top 11 Best Marketable Diploma Courses in Kenya

Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) is a form of education and training that prepares the youth for work by providing a wide variety of knowledge and skills for employment. Most diploma courses in Kenya are provided by TVET institutions. I have compiled a list of marketable diploma courses in Kenya to guide you in your search for the best career.

For diploma courses in Kenya, the minimum qualification is a C- in KCSE except for medical courses where you are required to have scored at least C plain mean grade, and C in Biology.

You can start your career journey with a diploma course and then proceed with a degree in the same field afterward.

Read: Courses You Can Do With a D+, D or D-.

Marketable Diploma Courses in Kenya

Here are the most marketable diploma courses in Kenya, not in any order:

1. Diploma in Civil Engineering

Deals with the design, maintenance, and construction of physical structures like roads, bridges, sewerage systems, railway systems, and airports. It is wider than architectural programs.

With a diploma in civil engineering, you also have a chance to work as a trainer in technical and TVET colleges.

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2. Diploma in Information Technology

Every organization, business, institution and company has an ICT department. Therefore a diploma in IT will equip you with relevant knowledge like database management, software and website design that will prepare you to help the company meet its goals.

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Although many people have done this course, if you are passionate about IT then pursue this course and add other short courses like cyber security and you will beat your competitors in this field by far.

See List of Colleges and Universities in Kenya Offering Diploma in ICT.

3. Diploma in Clinical Medicine

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KMTC practical lesson in progress.

A diploma in clinical medicine enables you to become an assistant doctor, though you can work independently in private hospitals where there is a high demand for doctors.

This course is a substitute for those who have missed the high qualifications required for a degree in Medicine and Surgery.

KMTC College is best known for producing good graduates in medical studies, especially clinical medicine. You require a minimum grade of C plain in biology and a C plain mean grade in KCSE to pursue a diploma in clinical medicine

4. Diploma in Graphics and Web Design

Very good for students who have a keen eye in the arts and wish to try out in computer-aided designs.

Skills gained will enable you to create and maintain websites and social media sites for businesses and organizations.

You will also be proficient in designing and producing marketing cartoon clips, billboards and posters for various organizations all over the world.

5. Diploma in Human Resource Management

You will be responsible for hiring,  firing, and management of the human workforce of an organization.

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Diploma graduates are preferred over their degree counterparts because of the key practical skills gained by the former.

6. Diploma in Quantity Surveying

This is a very marketable course that may land you a job in a short while after graduation. Quantity surveying involves conducting feasibility studies to estimate the cost of materials, time, and labour costs involved.

Under this course, you will be prepared for careers in the construction industry in the areas of building and engineering construction, cost modeling, construction cost consultancy and project management and dispute resolution, among others.

Graduates will get employment in government ministries, consulting quantity surveying firms, construction companies, local authorities, parastatals, financial institutions, insurance companies, and other players in the construction industry as well as in self-employment.

 7. Diploma in Architecture

You can become a technician/draftsman in the building industry or become self-employed. As an architect, you will be responsible for planning, designing, and overseeing the construction of building structures.

8. Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication

Under this course, your talent matters a lot.

Of late in Kenya, we have seen that being outgoing and having good communication skills, and especially showcasing your talent, for example, comedy, in the media, can easily land you a job in one of the media houses.

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9. Diploma in Accounting and Finance

Accountants are still being sought after by the corporate world. You can work in academic institutions, banks, SACCOs, and other companies.

Most companies would require the services of an accountant.

10. Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology

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KMTC students in a practical session

You can gain credible knowledge to open your very own chemist or become employed in pharmaceutical companies or hospitals in Kenya.

So there you have it. These are some of the marketable diploma courses in Kenya well sought after by employees. However, it is good to know what you love and take this as a guide in your career success.

11. Diploma in Nursing

There is a huge demand for nurses in both public and private hospitals and even overseas. You can pursue a nursing course in one of the approved Nursing Schools in Kenya for diplomas and degrees.

If you are a registered nurse and are willing to work anywhere in the world, this course is very lucrative.

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