How to apply

You are now at the first step of your career – applying for admission.

There are two ways you can apply to CPUT:

  • online via our website
  • a paper-based form

Please note that Only the following category of applicants are eligible to apply manually (paper-based form). 

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) candidates
  • Non South African Citizens (International applicants)
  • Non South African School Leaving Types applications  

Please note: 


SA citizens currently in Grade 12  will not be required to upload documentation. 
To view the requirements pertaining to you, download the document below.

2018 Supporting Documentation Requirements

Closing dates for the following Design and Architecture courses have officially been extended to 30 September 2017

Diploma: Architectural Technology
Diploma: Interior Design
Diploma: Jewellery Design & Manufacture
Diploma: Product Design (formerly ND: Three Dimensional Design)
Diploma: Visual Communication Design  (formerly ND: Graphic Design)
Diploma: Fashion



SAQA has reportedly experienced delays in processing applications for SAQA certificates for international students. As a result we can confirm that:

  • The University will accept application forms containing proof of the application (for the SAQA Certificate by SAQA) until the closing date of  8 September 2017.
  • The closing date for the submission of SAQA certificates is 30 September 2017.
  • All pending applications for which SAQA certificates have not been submitted by 30 September 2017 will not be evaluated and forwarded to faculties for selection.


       Before you apply, find the course that is right for you

St    Step-by-step guide to online applications

Step-by-step guide to online applications for students who have an existing student number

Check 2018 application closing dates for all the programmes


To find out if you may apply online or to continue with your saved online application, choose the applicable option below.

Apply to CPUT
  1. Applicants under the age of 18 must download and have a parent/guardian sign a permission form. The completed form must be uploaded at the end of the online application process.

    Download and complete the permission form for under 18's

    After you complete this form, you can start the online application process using the link below:

    Start the online application process
  2. Go to the application tracker to find your student number or get your application status.
  3. You are not eligible to apply online. Please apply using the paper-based application form.

    Get a paper-based application form

  4. Please continue to the SOS system

    Go to the SOS system

  5. Have you already started an online application with CPUT?(*)

    You must choose an answer.
  6. Do you intend to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?(*)

    You must choose an answer.
  7. Have you previously applied to or studied at CPUT for any qualification including Short Courses (Short Learning Programs)?(*)

    You must choose an answer.
  8. Do you have a valid CPUT student number?(*)

    You must choose an answer.
  9. Are you in possession of a South African ID?(*)

    You must choose an answer.
  10. Are you currently busy with, or have you completed a South African matric?(*)

    You must choose an answer.

  11. You must choose an answer.
  12. Are you 18 years or older?(*)

    You must choose an answer.

Need help? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Call Centre on +27 21 959 6767.