CPUT ND: Cartography (Gisc) Course and Fees

Course Information and Fees

(Phasing OUT – Replaced by Diploma in Geomatics which started in 2024).
Only students who have previously studied this qualification will be allowed to register.

ND: (National Diploma)

The aim of the course is to prepare students for a career in geospatial science where they will work with spatial information. Graduates will be able to manipulate data and provide information about the earth to planners, engineers, environmental managers and commerce.
Applicants should have an aptitude for Mathematics and Drawing, good spatial perception, and an eye for detail. An interest in computers and geography is strongly recommended.

Purpose and Rationale of the qualification
To collect, store and present spatial data with maps and in digital format. To design and produce maps.

Career Information
Geographical Information Science (GISc) is the science of capturing, processing, analysing and mapping spatial data (information about the earth).
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology is used to explore, visualise and analyse data. Computer-based systems bring advanced information management techniques to science, business and governments across the globe.
Prospective students will be interested in geography, computer science, maths, science, physics and information technology, have an aptitude for design, love variety, and working both indoors and outdoors.
Career Opportunities
GIS professionals are highly employable in a growing variety of careers using GPS (Global Positioning Systems), geodatabase systems, geo-information technology, satellite imagery and remote sensing – to enable effective decision-making in areas from urban planning, management of natural resources and the environment, health to emergency services.

Admission requirements

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For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Competencies of a GISc Technologist

  • Ability to use a GIS tool in his professional everyday work.
  • A basic understanding of computers, software, database management, data models and a knowledge of the fundamentals of GIScience, concepts and terminology.
  • Ability to do spatial analysis and spatial modelling.
  • A knowledge of mathematical modelling, simulation and numerical methods.
  • An understanding of different application areas: physical, environmental, human/social decision making processes.
  • Understanding of GIS software technology and knowledge of existing source data and data quality.

Professional Registration
The ND Cartography (GISc) is accredited by South African Council for Professional and Technical Surveyors (PLATO). Graduates will comply with the academic requirements and may apply for registration as a Geographical Information Science Technician leading to Geographical Information Science Technologist.

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):

Second Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):

Third Year

Compulsory subject(s):
Experiential Learning
One year work-integrated learning, after completing 2 years academic study.

Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time /

Course is offered on Bellville Campus.

For any queries get in touch with:

Contact: Ms N Makengo – Departmental Queries
Telephone: +27 21 959 6206
Fax: N/A
Email: makengon@cput.ac.za

Contact: Ms Z Rawoot – Faculty Office
Telephone: +27 21 953 8729
Fax: N/A
Email: rawootz@cput.ac.za

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2024 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning. 


This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.

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