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National Certificate in Electrical Installation Systems and Maintenance

National Certificate in Electrical Installation Systems and Maintenance


The development of this curriculum started with a survey of the world of work, which included employers and graduates of technical certificate courses. A report from the survey culminated into the development of a Professional Profile, which includes all jobs and tasks that the graduates of Electrical installation systems and maintenance. This led to the development of all modules in this curriculum.

This curriculum is updated with current labour market demands and it is learner-centred and competence-based. It focuses on core tasks and assignments. It begins with a preparatory assignment and each academic year involves execution of a real life project that makes the technician competent in the trade. It aims at making Technical and Vocational Institutions the Centre of excellence for technical education and skills development in the region, which will result into greater development and industrialization of the country.


National Certificate in Electrical Installation Systems and Maintenance  (NCES) (Examined by UBTEB)

Admission requirements: A candidate shall be eligible for admission to the Uganda National Certificate in Electrical Installation Systems and Maintenance  (NCES) on meeting any of the following minimum qualifications:

A candidate should have obtained a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 3 credit passes one of which must be in Physics, Biology, or Chemistry and must have passed English and Mathematics.

At least a credit in Uganda Junior Technical  Certificate from a recognized institution in any of the  fields or any other  field as approved by the Selection Committee constituted by the Ministry of Education and Sports.

Duration: 2 years.


The teaching methodologies developed in this if implemented effectively, should be able to produce Electrical craftsmen who are able to:

  1. Domestic and industrial Electrical Installation
  2.  Domestic appliances
  3.  Motor and Generator Rewinding
  4. Programmable Logic Control (PLC) and Sequential Control
  5.  Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  6. Programming PLCS and carry out electrical installation.
  7.  Design, draw and interpret electrical circuits and drawings.
  8.  Repair and maintain electrical and electronic appliances/ equipment.
  9. Erect, install and maintain transmission and distribution power lines.
  10.  Install and maintain a solar PV system.
  11.  Initiate and manage business enterprises.

The course is for two years and enrollment is every January of the new year. At the end of the course trainees sit for both UBTEB and Trade Test Examinations for assessment.


Year One

  • TCTM 101 Applied Technician Mathematics
  • TCCS 101 Life skills
  • TCCA 101 Computer Applications
  • TCES 101 Electrical Installation Science
  • TCES 102 Engineering Drawing
  • TCES 103 Electrical Supply and Installation
  • TCES 105 Real Life Project I

Year Two

  • TCTM 202 Applied Technician Mathematics II
  • TCBE 201 Entrepreneurship Skills
  • TCCS 201 Basic Kiswahili
  • TCES 201 Electrical Installation Systems and design
  • TCES 202 Equipment Repair and Maintenance
  • TCES 203 Industrial Installation and Automation
  • TCES 204 Electrical Machines and Basic Electronics
  • TCES 205 Real Life Project II