Construction Education and Training Authority

The Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) is one of several sector education and training authorities (SETAs) that will be re-certified by the Government with various changes in 2011. The primary change will be that the CETA will incorporate the existing Electrical Contractors sub-sector form (which currently falls under ESETA, the energy SETA) which of course is a vital element of the construction industry.

Primary objectives of the CETA

Established in April 2000 as a result of legislation passed in 1998 in the form of the Skills Development Act, the CETA aims to influence training and skills development throughout the construction industry. More specifically, it aims to ensure that the requirements of the construction sector are met in terms of the way learners are trained and educated. Even though the CETA does not directly establish college courses, online courses and so on, their influence is – or should be –considerable.

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Roles of the National Qualifications Framework and South African Qualifications Authority

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is the body that has defined the skills required by the construction industry. These are the skills that those wanting to join the construction workforce need to have. But it is up to the CETA to make certain that various skills projects and learnerships are initiated that will improve and develop the human resource capacity and skills base within South Africa. To this end, the CETA has been (and will remain) accredited as an Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) by the SAQA.

What ETQA status means to the CETA is that it, as a body, is authorised to accredit training providers – who then become Accredited Training Providers. So when a learner is looking for college courses, be it a short course, a long course or a supplementary management course, they can choose a course that is accredited. This will give them far more certainty when it comes to seeking employment once they have passed the required examinations. Having a certificate from an accredited college will also make it easier to gain apprenticeships, internships and so on.

Rigorous standards are essential for CETA

The philosophy laid down for this sector SETA to follow embodies rigorous standards and demands a very high quality of skills development and training. For this reason they are constantly striving to improve standards of education and training. In addition to accrediting colleges and other training bodies, the CETA has the authority to monitor the delivery of training by these education facilities, thus maintaining standards.

Even though the CETA itself does not provide or offer any form of education and training to the construction sector or any part of the sector, it has a major responsibility to ensure that the people who both work in the sector and who are aiming to work in the sector are able to access the relevant education and training. In addition there are many people who have acquired skills in various fields of construction, and therefore have the workplace experience, but they don’t have the necessary qualifications that are called for nowadays.

It is therefore up to the CETA to assist these people by encouraging them to participate in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment process. This will usually enable skilled but “unqualified” construction workers to compete for jobs and positions in the industry that demand a specific form of qualification. It will also generally enable them to get jobs and positions that command higher wages or salaries.

Where to find the CETA

Head Office   Midrand Business Park, 563 Old Pretoria Main Road, Unit 5, Midrand, 1685 011 265 5900Gauteng, Tshwane South FET College. 150 Industrial Road Pretoria West, 0001Polokwane Capricorn FET College, Corner Dorp and College Street, Admin Block, Polokwane Campus, 0699 015 297 1923Mpumalanga Services SETA Offices. 37 Brown Street, 4th Floor MidCity Building, Nelspruit 1200 013 590 7111/2/3Eastern Cape East Cape Midlands TVET College, Brickfields Campus, Brickfields Road, Uitenhage 6230 041 996 1869/64Free State Motheo TVET Colleg, Corner Alwal and St George Street, Motheo Central Office, Bloemfontein9300 051 406 9438KwaZulu Natal SEDA Construction Incubator. 127 Johannes Nkosi Street, Durban 4001 031 309 2514North West Taletso TVET College Luthuli Drive, Kgora Building, Mmabatho 2735 018 384 6213/6Western Cape College of Cape Town TVET College, Kromboom Road, Crawford Camp, 7760 021 510 6831Northern Cape Department of Public Works, 45 Schmidtsdrift Road Kimberley Northern Cape 8300 053 861 3650

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Construction Education & Training Authority CETA 05/CETA/1/04/20

The valid Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes must be used for Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) purposes. The latest SIC Coding system can be found Here or at Statistic SA www.statssa.gov.za. The Code for CETA  is 5.



8821E Fire protection, fire suppression and fire prevention structures covered by national building regulations.
9130E  Town and regional planning.
3010C  Manufacture of wooden doors.
8821C  Earth crust drilling.
8821D  Landscape architecture
32220 Manufacture of builders’ carpentry and joinery.
32222 Joinery and wood machining including manufacture and installation of timber and other building fixtures.
32223 Kitchen cabinet making for customised requirements on – site.
34211 Manufacture of tiles and sanitary ware.
34220 Manufacture of refractory ceramic products.
34221 Installation of refractory ceramic products.
34231 Brick-making.
34250 Manufacture of articles of concrete, cement and plaster
34251 Manufacture of articles of concrete, cement and plaster including pre -cast building and civil engineering products on -site and off -site.
34261 Dimensional stone trades.
50001 Contractor development.
50100 Site preparation.
50101 Excavation: Earth moving and tunnelling.
50102 Demolition of buildings and structures.
50103 Shoring and piling
50201 Construction management and supervision.
50202 Cutting, bending and fixing of reinforcing steel.
50203 Manufacture and assembly of building related aluminium components and fixtures, including aluminium fenestration and skylight installation.
50210 Construction of buildings.
50211 Construction of homes.
50212 Building construction and project management.
50213 Timber construction.
50219 Construction of other buildings.
50220 Construction of civil engineering structures.
50221 Construction and maintenance of water supply, sewage and storm water infrastructure.
50230 Construction of other structures.
50231 Plant operation.
50232 Building installation, services and completion.
50240 Construction by specialist trade contractors.
50241 Carpentry.
50242 Ceiling and partition erection.
50243 Conservation, restoration and refurbishment of buildings, structures, etc.
50244 Shuttering.
50250 Structural steel and cladding contracting.
50260 Construction, maintenance and repair of roads, runways, bridges, tunnels and related structures including draining and road services.
50261 Road surfacing and repair; hot mix and cold mix asphalt manufacture;  and bituminous slurry, bituminous emulsion and modified bituminous binder manufacture.
50310 Plumbing.
50320 Electrical contracting.
50330 Shop- fitting.
50340 Bricklaying.
50350 Plastering, tiling and paving.
50360 Fencing.
50370 Glazing.
50380 Scaffolding.
50390 Other building installation n.e.c
50410 Painting and decorating.
50420 Roofing.
50421 Pottery.
50430 Floor covering.
50490 Other building completion n.e.c.
50491 Waterproofing contracting.
50494 Manufacture of roof trusses except where the manufacturing of timber roof trusses is carried out at a sawmill as ancillary part of the process of producing timber.
50496 Manufacture of construction material, hardware, plumbing and heating equipment.
50497 Cutting, shaping and finishing of stones.
50498 Activities of professional organisations.
50499 Activities of property valuers.
88210 Architectural and engineering activities and related technical consultancy.
88211 Consulting engineering activities.
88212 Architectural activities.
88213 Activities of quantity surveyors.
88214 Activities of land surveyors.
88216 Activities of non -registered architects, e.g. tracers and draughtsmen of plans for dwellings.
88222 Testing the strength of concrete.
88223 Road construction and maintenance.
88913 Total sub -contraction material only and sub -contraction for building and construction labour only contracting for building and construction
88914 Sub -contracting for building and construction.
99034 Manufacture of Tombstone