Community Education and Training (CET) | Western Cape Government

Community Education and Training (CET)


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If you couldn’t complete your school education or had no opportunity to attend school and you’d like to receive a formal qualification or improve your level of education you can enrol at a Community Learning Centre.

The Community Education and Training (CET) is a programme that gives you the opportunity to develop basic literacy skills such as reading, writing and basic problem solving.

You’ll receive a nationally recognised certificate and with this qualification you can improve your chances of finding a suitable job.

According to information released by Statistics South Africa in 2016, for the Western Cape,

  • 68 753 adults aged 25-64 have no schooling, of which 38 219 or 1.9% live in the City of Cape Town district.
  • 88 512 youth aged 15-34, and
  • 288 918 adults aged 35-64 are illiterate.

With an estimate of 3.1 million illiterate adults in South Africa, CET is available to help you as a young person or adult who would like to finish your education or improve your basic education by being equipped in reading, writing and numeracy skills.

The General Education and Training Certificate (GETC), a formal qualification is offered under the guidance of the Western Cape Community Education and Training College (WCCETC). The WCCETC works with Community Learning Centres to carry out training.

The 4 levels of the GETC training are equivalent to Grades R to 9. CET includes training in:

  • language, literacy and communication,
  • mathematical literacy, mathematics and mathematical sciences,
  • natural science,
  • arts and culture,
  • life orientation,
  • technology,
  • human and social science, and
  • economic and management science.

Learners can also choose to take courses in:

  • small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs),
  • wholesale and retail,
  • travel and tourism,
  • applied agriculture,
  • early childhood development,
  • information communication technology, and
  • ancillary health care.

These programmes are overseen by the Department of Higher Education and Training and are aligned to schools because most of them are hosted in (Department of Basic Education) DBE buildings. Lecturers returned on 1 February 2021 and students will return on 15 February 2021.

There are Community Learning Centres throughout the Western Cape.

For more information on these, contact:

Andre Damon

DHET Western Cape Regional Office

Tel: 021 204 1810


Provided by:
Government Body: (Western Cape Education Department, Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 4 February 2021