CBMT: Competency Based Modular Training

Competency Based Modular Training is a training system for apprentices who are interested in learning a trade. This method of training focuses strongly on the practical application of the trade requirements. Apprentices acquire essential skills in the workshop.

Admission requirements:
The minimum entrance requirement for practical training is a Grade 12 or minimum N2 Certificate preferably with Maths and Science.

Job opportunities:
Competency Based Modular training focuses strongly on practical application. You acquire essential skills in the workshop environment which means you can start work in your field immediately after completing the relevant programme.

Which fields does CBMT cover?
False Bay TVET College offers outstanding engineering workshops for practical experience. We offer training in the following fields:



  • Fitting & Turning
  • Fabrication/Plater and Welder
  • Automotive Body Repairs/Spray Painting

Civil & Building Construction

  • Wood Machinist / Joinery
  • Plumbing

Each intake of training can be customized according to the skills required.
10 weeks per level

After a prescribed duration of practical work experience (depending on your theoretical qualification level), you will ultimately be able to apply for a qualifying trade test in your chosen field as prescribed by the relevant Seta.

Trade Tests/ Evaluations
People who have some years of practical experience but who do not have formal qualifications may arrange for an evaluation at Westlake campus, followed by a trade test booked through the relevant Seta. If you’ve been employed in the industry in trade-related work for at least 4 to 5 years, and are not sure of your competency level, you can attend a two or three-day practical assessment at Westlake Campus. This will provide you with a clear indication of the modular training that you need to take before applying for a qualifying trade test at the relevant SETA.

We also offer trade test preparation courses, and you can take the relevant trade test at the Westlake Campus.

Click here to view our Trade and Level Testing page