Technical and Vocational Education in Sri Lanka: certificates, diplomas, degrees

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After O/L or A/L examination you can enter into one of the government sponsored vocational technical training institutes and get a training in a required profession, job or get a certificate, diploma, higher national diploma or a bachelors degree. Employed persons can follow the course while doing the job as apprentices or trainees.

There are various government institutes under Ministry of Vocational and Technical Education offer various training programs: TVEC, HRDC, NITE, DTET, VTA, NAITA, CITA, INGRIN Institute of Printing, NIBM, CGTTI, HRDC and CITI.

Some of the key training methods are listed below.

National Vocational Qualification Courses by Vocational Training Authority
By various training courses conducted by this institute you can obtain local and international recognized certificate, diploma or a National Vocational Qualification (NVQSL) in a particular field relevant to a job.
The NVQSL provides the opportunity to achieve international recognition for qualifications, skills and knowledge. There are seven levels of qualifications from Level 1 to Level 7.  National Certificate for Level 1 is recognizing the acquisition of a core of entry level skills. National  Certificate for Level 2, 3 and 4 is recognizing the increasing levels of competencies. Level 4 qualification awards for full national craftsmanship.  Level 5 and 6 is a National Diploma and it recognizes the increasing levels of competencies ranging from technical level to management level. Level 7 is a Bachelors Degree or equivalent. Certification of these levels are carried out by the institutions accredited by the TVEC and they are nationally recognized.

National certificate from Technical Colleges
There are 37 Technical Colleges scattered throughout Sri Lanka. These institutions are managed by Department of Technical Education & Training which functions under the Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational and Technical Education.  They offer National Certificates and Advanced diplomas in engineering technician, engineering craft and business studies.

National Diploma from College of Technology

Higher National Diploma from Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technical Education (SLIATE)
Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technical Education (SLIATE) has Advanced Technical Institute (ATI) in every province for both Engineering and Business Studies. At present it manages and supervises 10 separate Advance Technical Institutes and 7 Sections housed in the Technical Colleges under Department of Technical Education and Training to conduct the courses of Higher National Diplomas and National Diplomas.

Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) Katunayake

IET (Formerly: Technician Training Institute) offer  four year National Diploma in Engineering Sciences (NDES) course. This course contains  theoretical instructions and industrial training. The academic component of the course is conducted at this institute and industrial training is imparted at recognized industrial establishment. The course provided nine (09) specialization’s under the three main disciplines of Engineering Civil, Electrical and Mechanical.

Bachelor of Technology Degree from University of Vocational Technology

Career pathway from begining to Diplomas and Degrees


Technical career pathway to degree

Technical career pathway to degree

(Image by Dr Sujatha Gamage, Former Director General, Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission, presented at Seminar organized by

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