Master Artisan Academy South Africa MAASA

Master Artisan Academy South Africa MAASA

The Master Artisan Academy South Africa (MAASA) has been established in response to the general decline in the quality and supply of artisans training that over time resulted in a critical shortage of high level technical skills in South Africa.

MAASA aims to positively contribute towards increasing the general standard of artisanship in South Africa by focussing on the following areas of training:

  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy System Technologies
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering (inclusive of Welding and Fitting)

Our approach to training is based on traditional artisan principles and skills, strongly underpinned by German craftsmanship and training methodology. An integrated training approach (blended learning) is followed where theory is embedded in practical exercises or projects in our well-equipped and modern workshops /laboratories, supported by experienced and skilled instructors as well as workplace-based learning.

Accreditation Status 
The MSC Artisan Academy (Pty) Ltd is a registered private company Reg. No: 2010/005795/07 and has provider accreditation with merSETA (17-QA/ACC/0536/10).


All training at MAASA is geared towards providing trainees with sufficient skills, knowledge and attitudes to carry out their work effectively and efficiently in a competitive and technologically advanced industry. It should lead either to improved performance of employees or possible employment for the unemployed. Some programmes are already accreditted and others are pending final approval from the ETQA.

Training at MAASA is offered by means of the following:

  • Learnerships (Full Qualification)
  • Apprenticeships (Full Trade Qualification)
  • Skills Programmes (Modules from a Qualification)
  • Skills Programmes (Company Specific)

Our training programmes cater for trainees (learners) who:

  • want to enter the labour market , but are unskilled and unemployed
  • are employed and have acquired some skills, knowledge and work experience, but lack of formal training.
  • are enrolled in an apprenticeship or learnership and need to complete some outstanding formal modules/ Unit Standards.
  • are qualified, but would like to upskill with specialised courses.

A training schedule or project plan is drawn up in agreement with and coordination between the relevant clients (workplace hosts), the trainees (learners) and MAASA. Skills programmes are either offered as per MAASA schedule or could be company specific.

Training is conducted in workshops, laboratories, class-rooms, workplaces or specifically designed “On-site Simulators” at MAASA. Rotation between the training sites and time allocation is dependent on the mode of training and the particular NQF level.
All learners receive original printed copies of a learner guide, workbooks as well as a Portfolio of Evidence (Logbook) and are issued with the latest tools and equipment relevant to the specific training for the duration of the course.

Continuous assessments (Formative) are conducted throughout the delivery of the learning programme and form the basis for the Final Summative Assessment /Trade Test.
A Learner Progress Report is issued after completion of each phase.

All instructors at MAASA are highly qualified and experienced artisans, well supported by Workshop Assistants for the practical components. Group sizes are not more than 15 for the practical modules.

Trainees must comply with learning assumed to be in place as per SAQA guidelines for the different qualifications.

Course Duration
Courses are offered as per programme schedule, but can be tailored-made to suit the employer’s needs.

Language of Instruction
Instruction and course material is in English

Safety Clothing
On commencement of training, the trainee must have the following Protective Clothing:

  • 2-piece work suit (overall)
  • Safety boots
  • Safety Goggles

Tools and Equipment
The trainee will be allocated the required tools for the programme of which the trainee must take responsibility of for the duration of the course. Any missing or damaged tools/equipment due to proven negligence will be charged to the account of the trainee or employer.

Cancellation/Non Arrival

  • Cancellation fee of 50% of course fee is applicable if notice is given less than 1 week prior to scheduled date of training
  • No fees refundable for a trainee that is not showing, leaving during or is being suspended or dismissed due to disciplinary problems.

Our Facilities

The campus has been constructed to cater for the infrastructure and equipment required for simulation used in our training philosophy.

The facilities consist of the academy administration and the following instruction and practical rooms:

Industrial Control Workshop
Electrical Handskills workshop
Engineering Handskills workshop
Welding Workshop
Automation Technology Laboratory
Industry Process Automation Laboratory
Renewable Sustainable Technologies Laboratory
Electric Fundamentals and Electronics Laboratory

The facilities have various classrooms for the theory instruction as well and fully furnished ablutions to cater for all including the physically handicapped.


Unit 40, Frame Park
Phillip Frame Road
East London, 5241
tel : 043-726 1842
fax : 043-726 1913
email : [email protected]
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