GOVERNMENT CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCE:  Invitation to apply for financial assistance from the AMEU

The AMEU has entered into an agreement with the LGSETA for funding of study material and study support for a number of persons wishing to prepare to write the Government Certificate of Competency (Factories) examinations.

Documents related to the application to the Department of Labour for `permission to write’ the GCC examinations are available here

Applications are therefore requested from suitably qualified and experienced employees of local authority electricity distributors, which are AMEU members of good standing, to be considered for this funding support. The facility has been arranged to assist AMEU members in improving their skills base of Certificated Engineers. Many will be aware of the value, apart from the legal requirements of the Occupation Health and Safety Act (OHS Act, Act No.85 of 1993, as amended), of having GCC trained engineers in their organisation.

Interested persons wishing to submit an application should note the following requirements:

Step 1 - Apply for permission to write the exam with the Department of Labour.

In order to obtain permission to write the examinations, you require:

  1. An S4 in mechanical or electrical engineering with the acceptable subjects or;
  2. A signed off report showing 2 years of acceptable practical experience (post apprenticeship for N6).
  3. A National Diploma N6 in mechanical or electrical engineering with the acceptable subjects.
  4. A signed off report showing 2 years of acceptable practical experience (post apprenticeship for N6).

Step 2 - The department will issue you with a letter of permission.

Step 3 - Submit a copy of the letter of permission to the AMEU Secretariat at for the attention of Jean Venter. A letter signed by the Head of the Electricity Department of the applicant’s municipality, confirming the applicant’s position within the organisation and support for his/her undertaking the course of study is also required.

Step 4 - AMEU Secretariat will assess all applications received within the financial limits of the LGSETA funding and will arrange the study material for successful applicants directly with Veasey’s Engineering College.

Step 5 – Successful applicants will be expected to apply themselves to the study material and use the support structures offered by Veasey’s.

Step 6 - Enrol for the GCC Exam at your nearest FET College.

Step 7 – Write Exam

Examination information:

  1. The pass mark is 50%.  
  2. Both exams are ‘closed book’.
  3. For more detailed information visit the Commission of Examiners website (quote the link to this website if you have it)

Application Resources

Contact details:

a)      Commission of Examiners, Department of Labour,

Pvt Bag X117 Pretoria 0001 Tel: 012 309-4111

b)      AMEU General Secretary  or fax 086 688 7005

c)      AMEU Advisory Services

Peter Fowles –

d)      Veasey’s Engineering College website -

e)      To obtain additional qualifying subjects: TECHNISA Study Advisor – 011 293 1212