KIHBT entry requirements [All you need to know]

Last updated on August 5th, 2023 at 01:54 am

Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology (KIHBT) entry requirements for all the courses offered in the institution.

The Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology famously known as KIHBT is a government institute that has been that has been training students since 1948.

It is a very good institution that aims of to provide technical skills and knowledge to employees of the Ministry of Roads.

Just so you know, KIHBT offers higher Diploma, Diploma, Certificate, craft certificate, and a number of short courses.

Additionally, it is worth noting that it has 3 branches that include; Nairobi Main Campus, Ngong Campus, and Kisii Training Centre

Having said that, let us now look at the entry requirements for all the courses offered in the institution below.

KIHBT entry requirements

1.      KIHBT Higher Diploma Courses Requirements

Higher Diploma Courses entry requirements:

  • Diploma in Relevant field, Part III certificate

Courses duration: 2 years

Exam body: Technical University of Mombasa and KNEC


  • Higher Diploma in Building & Civil Engineering
  • Higher Diploma in Building Economics
  • Higher Diploma in Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • Higher Diploma in Highway Engineering
  • Higher Diploma in Structural Engineering
  • Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Automotive and Plant Option)

2.      KIHBT Diploma Courses entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements:

  • You must be a holder of a KCSE  certificate with a mean grade of C-minus

Course duration: 3 years


  • Diploma in Computer Studies
  • Diploma in Construction
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • Diploma in Land Survey
  • Diploma in Highway Engineering
  • Diploma in Architecture
  • Diploma in Quantity Surveying
  • Diploma in Building Technology
  • Diploma in Construction plant
  • Diploma in automotive engineering
  • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • Diploma in Electrical Engineering
  • Diploma in Building and Civil Engineering

3.      KIHBT Certificate Courses entry requirements

Just o know, KIHBT certificate courses are mostly taught at their Ngong Campus.

Minimum entry requirements:

  • D plain in KCSE

Course duration:3 years

Exam body: NITA

Certificate courses

  • Auto Electrician
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Construction Plant Mechanics
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Plumbing & Pipe Fitting
  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning


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4.      Craft Certificate Courses in KIHBT Requirements

Minimum entry requirements:

  • D plain in KCSE

Courses duration:2 years

Examination body: KNEC


  • Craft certificate in Automotive Mechanics – Module 1
  • Craft certificate in Electrical Installation – Module 1
  • Craft certificate in Masonry
  • Craft certificate in Roads Construction
  • Craft certificate in Telecommunication – Module 1
  • Craft certificate in Welding & Fabrication

5.      KIHBT Short Courses offered and entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements:

  • Have a KCPE or KCSE certificate depending on the course you would like to take.
  • Interest to learn a new skill
  • Interest to advance a course you had done there before

Short Courses

  • AutoCAD and ArchiCAD- 2 weeks
  • Basic Computer Applications 3 weeks
  • Basic Training Course for Engineers 2 weeks
  • Building Supervisors 6 weeks
  • Defensive Driving 1 week
  • Elementary Driving, for school leavers 4
  • Fire Safety & Disaster Preparedness 1 week
  • First Aid 5 days
  • Fleet Management 1 week
  • Plant Operators 2 months
  • Refresher course for drivers 1 week
  • Road Overseers (6 wks)

KIHBT entry requirements [Application process, accommodation]

Application process

  • To apply for any of the above courses at KIHBT, here is the simple step you need to follow.
  • First, keep in mind that you must apply online, so visit KIHBT
  • Next, on the website, click on the application process icon.
  • By now, it should provide you with an application form.
  • Here, fill in the form as instructed and please note that you must pay application fee worth Kshs. 1000 which is paid through National Bank Account Number 01020000832200.

Side note: Please follow all the instructions in the admission letter.

Also, keep in mind that you must attach the following details during your application.

These documents include:

  1. Copies of academic certificates
  2. Copies Of leaving certificates
  3. Photocopy of National Identification Card
  4. Banking Slip Number

Quick note: All the above listed documents should be Submitted If the Application is successful on Reporting


KIHBT offers accommodation for its students to those interested.

Surprisingly, this institution caters for both meals and accommodation at Kshs. 17,000.

Contact and location for KIHBT entry requirements

To visit any of the three branches, see location below.

Ngong Campus

Ngong Campus is located at Ngong Hills, about 3.5Km from Ngong Town towards Kibiko trading Centre.

Nairobi campus

The main campus is Located on Commercial Street in Nairobi in the Industrial area.

Kisii campus

Kisii campus is located at Kisii town, Kisii County

KIHBT Contacts

KIHBT Contacts

To reach the Kenya Institute of Highways & Building Technology, kindly follow the following contacts details.

Phone contact: 02024657600202465761

Email address:



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