Electrical engineering courses in Kenya requirements [Degree, diploma, certificate & artisan]

Last updated on February 28th, 2024 at 04:34 pm

Read this guide to the very last word to get to know about Electrical engineering courses in Kenya requirements if this is your dream career.

Simply, we will define what Electrical engineering courses is all about, list all the requirements for all the levels offered, and also add any other useful information to better guide you.

Keep reading….

Electrical engineering courses in Kenya requirements

So, what is electrical engineering?

Well, this is a branch of engineering that deals with the study of design, development, and application of electrical systems, devices, and technologies.

Simply, it involves the manipulation of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism to create, design, and maintain various systems and devices that are essential to modern life.

in fact,  it is worth knowing that electrical engineers work on a wide range of technologies and applications, including power generation, distribution systems, communication systems, electronic devices, control systems, and more.

Degree in electrical engineering

Minimum entry requirements

You must have attained a KCSE mean grade of C+ (plus) or above.

Cluster Subjects requirements

  • C+ plus in Mathematics
  • C+ plus in Chemistry
  • C+ plus in Physics
  • C+ in either Biology or Geography or any Group III or Group IV subject

Alternatively, you can enroll for a degree in electrical engineering if you are a KACE holder with two principal passes in mathematics and physics, as well as a total score of at least nine points at the KACE or equivalent.


Have a credit pass in chemistry at the KACE or its equivalent is required.

Also, you can apply for this course with a diploma or higher in electrical and electronic engineering from an accredited institution.

However, even with the diploma or the higher diploma, you must be registered with the Engineering Registration Board of Kenya (ERB) to practice as an electrical engineer.

Course duration:

This course takes 5 years to complete

Institutions offering degree in Electrical Engineering in Kenya

  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)
  • Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
  • Kenyatta University (KU)
  • Chuka University
  • Moi University
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST)
  • Technical University of Mombasa (TUM)
  • University of Nairobi (UON)
  • Machakos University
  • Multimedia University of Kenya
  • Egerton University

Career prospects for degree holders of electrical engineering

With a degree in electrical engineering, you can work as a:

  • Electrical technician
  • Maintenance engineer-electrical/electronics
  • Telecommunication engineer
  • Mechatronics engineer
  • Broadcast engineer
  • Computer hardware engineer
  • Electrical design engineer
  • Broadcast engineer
  • System analyst Power engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electrical project manager
  • Consultant network engineer
  • Contracting electrical engineer


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Diploma in Electrical Engineering

Minimum entry requirements

  • KCSE mean grade of C (plain)

Cluster subject requirements

  • C-minus mathematics
  • C-minus Physics/Physical Sciences
  • C-minus English/Kiswahili

Besides, with a Craft Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Technology or its equivalent, you can enroll in the diploma program.

Course duration:

  • 3 years

Institutions offering diploma in electrical engineering

  • Jomo Kenyatta university of technology JKUAT
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
  • Machakos University
  • Machakos Technical Training Institute
  • Nairobi Technical Training Institute
  • Kabete National Polytechnic
  • Technical University of Kenya
  • Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
  • Kisumu National Polytechnic
  • Technical University of Mombasa

Side note: Diploma in engineering is available in almost all National Polytechnics, TVET colleges, Technical Training Institutes, and some Universities in Kenya.

Diploma holder career prospects

With a diploma in this field, you can work as a:

  • Control Systems Technicians
  • Electrician
  • Electrical Technician
  • Technical sales assistant

Certificate in electrical engineering

Minimum entry requirements

KCSE mean grade of D+ plus

Mandatory Subjects requirements

  • D plain in either English/Kiswahili
  • D plain in Mathematics
  • D plain in Physics/Chemistry.


  • Have a Pass at the artisan level or its equivalent.

 A few institutions offering the course

  • Machakos University
  • Machakos Institute of Technology
  • Nairobi Technical Training Institute
  • Murang’a University of Technology
  • NIBS college

 Where you can work with a certificate in electrical engineering

  • You can become a technician
  • Also, you can work as a CAD (Computer Aided Design) Technician

Artisan in electrical engineering

Minimum entry requirements:

To pursue this course at the artisan level you only need your KCSE

Where offered:

  • Bumbe Technical Training Institute
  • Gatundu South Technical and Vocational College
  • Kiirua Technical Training Institute
  • Musakasa Technical Training Institute
  • Navakholo Technical & Vocational College
  • Samburu Technical and Vocational College
  • Tetu Technical and Vocational College

Jobs you can do with an artisan certificate in electrical engineering

Work as:

  • Wireman
  • Electrician
  • Technical Support Engineer
  • Service Engineer
  • Production Engineer

How to apply for any of the above electrical engineering course through KUCCPS

  1. Visit the KUCCPS website.
  2. Next, click on the Students Portal tab to log in
  3. Now, enter your KCSE Index Number, your KCSE year and your password (KCPE Index or Birth Certificate Number should be your password)
  4. Here, view the available courses, universities and TVET colleges on the Programmes and Institutions tabs.
  5. Clicking on the institution of your choice and all the Programmes they have on offer will be displayed together with the code.
  6. Now, choose Electrical Engineering as your preferred course.
  7. Click the “submit” button to submit your application.
  8. Lastly, pay the application fee using M-pesa or any of the other methods listed on the KUCCPS website.

 Final words on Electrical engineering courses in Kenya requirements

Now, you have the information you might need to know  about electrical engineering course, from what it is to job prospects for each level.

Also, we have included some of the best institutions you can enroll in to pursue the course in any of the above listed levels.

But before I wide up, it is worth noting that this is a course worth pursuing since it is a marketable course.

However, if you start from the artisan level, you need to upgrade to the certificate level and then from the certificate level to at least diploma or bachelor for more opportunities and better pays.

All the best!



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