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What is a Learnership? A learnership is a means of..

What is a Learnership?

A learnership is a means of obtaining a qualification whilst working. It is made up of unit standards that talk to the qualification and are relevant to the skills required to be competent in the fulfillment of the work.
The unit standards are of three types: Fundamental unit standards (which cover literacy and communication, and basic mathematical skills); Core unit standards, which are central to the qualification, and Elective unit standards which allows for the equipping of skills that complement the workplace and allows the learner to gather additional skills, which will enable him to perform better or be utilised beyond his current position. The electives can be selected from a range of unit standards, depending on the type of qualification the learner is applying for.

Measurement of results

Whilst a qualification has always consisted of theory-based learning that can be gained at a university for example, a Learnership is a means of gaining a qualification based on the theoretical knowledge required and the practical application of that knowledge. The work experience makes the difference between the two kinds of learning. A learnership measure the learner’s ability to practically apply what has been taught. The learner will be expected to complete a Portfolio of Evidence which will be assessed to determine competence.


Funding for learnerships is available from the SETA’s in terms of grants but is subject to certain conditions. CPT will gladly help you establish the availability of such funding.


The duration is usually a year and learners will be required to attend class as per individual learnership schedules. These classes are normally on one day a week basis but may be continuous days if so requested.