Employed and unemployed learners entering Artisan RPL per annum


To recognise prior artisans skills and competencies attained in the working environment. It is a learning pathway that teaches the skills and competencies necessary to perform tasks to an industry standard, and it leads to a trade qualification.

Who can access the Artisan RPL?

Employees of mining companies and unemployed learners with prior knowledge.

NB: Unemployed learners must approach mining companies to be able to access training as the MQA only facilitates and funds the training for mining and minerals sector employers.

Registration process

Employers (through their MQA Accredited Skills Development Providers) are responsible for registering learners on the MQA Learner Management Information System (MQA I-Share System).

Documentation required to register and complete an RPL learner by employers

Registered learning programme agreements and supporting documents such as; certified ID copies, learners highest qualification (except for qualifications with open access),
employment contract and confirmation letter of employment, statement of results or certificate of completion

List of funded trades

  • Fitter including Machining
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic/Earthmoving
  • Electrical
  • Millwright
  • Welder
  • Instrumentation Mechanician
  • Goldsmith
  • Diamond Cutter
  • Diamond and Gemstone Setter
  • Earthmoving
  • Auto Electrician/Autotronics
  • Plater Welder
  • Plater Boilermaker

Note must also be taken that non-core MQA trades may also be supported.

Grant amounts

  • Artisan grant amount: Payment is processed in 1 Tranche,
    Total Grant Amount = R 82 500


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Legislation related to learnership implementation

  • Workplace Based Learning Programmes Agreement Regulations
  • Sectoral Determination Number 5 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act
  • Skills Development Act
  • Skills Development Levies Act
  • Minimum Wage Act 
Non-Artisan Learnerships OBJECTIVE To enrol learners onto core Learnerships for the mining and minerals sector. STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT Skills Development Priority 4:
  • Facilitate and support the development and implementation of core sector skills and development programmes aligned to the sector qualifications framework.
Non-Artisan Learnerships for people with Disabilities OBJECTIVE To ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in skills development programmes STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
  • Skills Development Priority 1: Support transformation of the sector through skills development.