Building and Construction

Title of course: National Certificate in Building Construction

1. Introduction:

This course produces Builders who are relevant to the Building Industry and the world of work. The delivery is competence-based and emphasizes acquisition of skills through practical teaching, assessment, execution of real life projects and industrial training.

2. Learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Identify and select appropriate tools and equipment used in building
  • Make cost estimates for building materials.
  • Prepare and use building materials.
  • Construct floors, beams, lintels, columns, stairs, ceilings and any other structures in building
  • Carry out Tiling and painting buildings

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3. Duration of the course

NCBC is a full-time course taught in two academic years. Each academic year consists of three terms of teaching, continuous assessment, practical and written examinations. At the end of each semester, trainees carry out industrial training which is a core module and lasts for at least six weeks.

  1. Entry requirements:

The minimum qualifications for NCBC are as follows;

  1. A Uganda Certificate of Education(UCE) or its equivalent.
  2. Uganda Junior Technical Certificate(UJTC) or Community Polytechnic Certificate or its equivalent.
  3. Prospects for National Certificate in Building Construction

NCBC graduates may opt to further their skills and education by offering a diploma and eventually a degree inCivil Engineering, Architectural Engineering.

  1. Modules
  • Bricklaying,
  • Concreting,
  • Steel bending and fixing,
  • Roof construction,
  • Wall finishes,
  • Tiling,
  • Painting

Support Modules

  • Technician Mathematics
  • Communication Skills
  • Computer Applications
  • Kiswahili
  • Computer Aided Building Drawing and
  • Entrepreneurship Skills


  1. Award

A competence certificate is awarded to the trainee upon successful completion of each module.

A trainee who completes the course with at least 2.0 cumulative grade points Average (CGPA) in all modules shall be awarded a classified ‘National Certificate in Building Construction by the Uganda Business and Technical Examination Board (UBTEB)