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

Other career options:
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  1. Thuvaragan February 19, 2016 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    i have finished NVQ Level 5 in ICT in COT .i need to conduct HND part time cource –

  2. u,k.d.d.kumarasiri November 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    i have finished city and guilds electrical and electronic certificate and power electrical part three at cgtti rathmalana.i need to conduct diploma in electrical and electronic part time cource

  3. Hemantha August 6, 2014 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Mama gampola wegiriya maddiyasthanaye Motor mechanic course eka karanawa… e course eka aththatama api wage ayata gdk dura yanna puluwan Nomber one course ekak….

  4. Sampath March 20, 2014 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

    I have finished my A/l in 2013 in commerce . I have 3 s passes . So i want to know can i do the civil engineer course in technical college

  5. Roshani October 31, 2013 at 8:10 am -  Reply

    I want to do a pharmacy can I conduct it quickly.

  6. Roshani October 31, 2013 at 8:09 am -  Reply

    I want to do a pharmacy can I conduct it qui

  7. mohamed rimshad October 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    mama. Ampara.eragama. Eta.melco engineering. Naita awrness have. Good job

  8. kisor June 11, 2013 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    i have a o/l maths s but i want study in qautity suvayering from technical collage… can i study?

  9. Dinesh February 17, 2013 at 1:46 am -  Reply

    Plz…We need NVQ Level 5 for NDICT Course.(This is only Equal to NVQ Level 5 yet. So we need it).

  10. gihan December 6, 2012 at 8:54 am -  Reply

    i want to know how to get the application form for tti

  11. Rilukshika May 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    wt r a advantages of studying civil technology in A/L?wt r the good jobs r available 4 studying civil expecting a usefull rply.

  12. Puvana June 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    hello, i have completed NCT Quantity surveying full time course at Technical College recently. I want to do NDT Quantity surveying. where will i do it? Plz help me to find out.

  13. fathima April 3, 2011 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    I have a pre school diploma .Now I want to do a degree on the same feild on line in a sri lankan insitute.Please help me to get one.

    thank you

  14. Hemantha April 3, 2011 at 10:01 am -  Reply

    You can ask any thing by e maill I work in a Vidyapita

    • Hiran March 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

      Hemantha- Thanks for the information.

  15. Udi March 11, 2011 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    I did A/L in 2010.I have got one C and two s in science subjects.i want to apply for widya peeta in this year.please tell me to how to get application and application releasing time.

  16. Name February 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    ATI moratuwa, the best power electrical training program in sri lanka

  17. Sithu September 27, 2010 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    I need to know, from where we can get a IT degree? only from Colombo & Moratuwa universities?

  18. tharaka August 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    i need to know more information about moratuva engineering faculty, more than their web site ,

  19. Padmalatha June 20, 2010 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Maradana technical colege is oldest and one of the best tech colleges in Sri Lanka

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