Toolmaker Artisan Training Programme

Do you fancy an exciting training programme in the manufacturing industry that will future-proof your career? The Production Technologies Association of SA (PtSA) offers a Toolmaker Artisan Training Programme.

Who is PtSA?

The Production Technologies Association of South Africa (PtSA), established in 2006, is a membership based organisation with the mission of promoting, protecting and supporting the collective interests of the Tool, Die, Mould and Special Machining industries (TDM Industry) of South Africa, in order to support the growth and development of all manufacturing sectors.

The Association offers various programmes and benefits to its members through its own project management and implementation agency These include improvements in efficiency, competitiveness and profitability of the member companies, as well as ensuring that the required skills are available to the members.

Who is NTIP?

The National Technologies Implementation Platform (Pty) Ltd. (NTIP) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Production Technologies Association of South Africa (PtSA) and is also responsible for the application of project management resources.

The NTIP is the implementing agency responsible for the facilitation and management of all INTSIMBI FPTI programmes and the operational capacity of PtSA.

What does a toolmaker do?

Toolmakers use advanced machines and equipment to produce precision tools such as jigs, moulds and dies which are then used in the manufacturing process of products ranging from aircraft and cell phone components to plastic bottles. Toolmakers are employed in almost all manufacturing sectors from aerospace, automotive, chemical and electronics to the packaging, marine and medical industries.

Toolmaker Artisan Training Programme

The Toolmaker Artisan Training Programme is presented by the training provider of PtSA, the National Technologies Implementation Platform (NTIP), as part of the TDM Powered Skills Development Programme.

Toolmaker artisan training is done at PtSA training centres in:

  • Pretoria
  • Cape Town
  • Gqeberha and uMgungundlovu/Pietermaritzburg

The Toolmaker Artisan Training Programme is modular and competency-based with a typical


Full-time duration of four years.

The Programme comprises three phases per level. The knowledge phase consists of fundamental subjects and applied theory, the practical phase workshop practical training and external workpiece assessment and phase three the workplace experience of On-the-Job training.

The minimum entry requirements are:

  • Candidates between the ages of 18 - 35 years can apply.
  • NQF Level 4 = N3, Grade 12, NC(V) 4 English, Mathematics, Physical– and Engineering Science.

Applications for 2021 are closed. Keep a lookout for 2022 application opening dates.

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