Computer Technician


  • NQF: 5
  • SAQA ID. 101408
  • CREDITS:  282

What is a Computer Technician? 

A computer technician installs, maintains and repairs computers and networks. They also ensure that adequate IT infrastructure is in place. 

Did you know? 

Overall employment of computer technicians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. With many different opportunities, computer technicians often have a variety of positions to choose from, can earn competitive salaries and may qualify for other employment benefits.


Course Overview 

The qualification outcomes cover types of software, hardware, components, upgrading and troubleshooting a computer, formatting and partitioning hard drives, and network topologies. Green technology, maintaining records of daily problems and remedial actions, and how to prepare evaluations for systems performance.  It enables students to identify the potential green technologies and processes and procedures to create a sustainable computer environment to reduce e-waste in an organisation.


Career Fields

Enterprise Administrator
Computer Technician
Service Desk Technician
Systems Administrator
Server Administrator
Network Administrator
Admission Requirements
  • NQF Level 4 qualification. 

Certification and Examination 

On successful completion of the programme, the student will receive a statement of result from Berea College of Technology and upon meeting the EISA requirements, receive an Occupational Certificate: Computer Technician from the QCTO.  

EISA is a single, national assessment which leads to competent learners being awarded Occupational Certificates. It is an integral and critical component of QCTO’s quality assurance system, as it ensures that the assessment of occupational qualifications, part-qualifications and trades is standardised, consistent and credible. Qualifying for External Assessment: To qualify for an external assessment, learners must provide proof of completion of all required knowledge and practical modules by means of statements of results and a record of completed work experience.

Duration and Work-Integrated Learning


Study Materials
  • Prescribed textbook lists will be provided by the academic department at your campus. Students will receive electronic versions of the study guides for this programme. Study material is also available online on the learner management system, Moodle. 


Enquire at the Berea College of Technology campus for a current programme pricelist. 

Additional Costs

Students must make provision for additional items such as textbooks, stationery, supplementary examinations, research costs and printing of study guides etc.

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Knowledge Modules

Introduction to data communication and networking 

Basic of Computer Architecture: Hardware 

Basic of Computer Architecture: Software 

Basic concepts of sustainable computer environment and green technologies 

Social media and digital literacy 

End user computing 

Business communication and customer services 

Ready for work standards 

Practical Modules

Troubleshoot computer and network faults 

Maintain computer and network security 

Provide support to end users 

Install computer software and hardware 

Work Experience Modules

Respond to user inquiries regarding fault request 

Set up equipment for users, check operating system performance and ensure proper installation of cables and software 

Processes of maintaining computer systems and peripherals 

Identify the potential green technologies, processes and procedures for cost-effective applications and create a sustainable computer environment to reduce e-waste 

Maintain records of daily data communication transactions, problems and remedial actions taken, or installation activities 


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