Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology courses, fee structure & contacts

Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology

Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) is amongst the top-ranking higher education institutions in the country advancing world-class academic programs. KIST holds the record as an outstanding centre for learners excited in pursuing careers in industrial practices, entrepreneurship, and other vocational studies. Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology grants its courses under the oversight of the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology. By presently, you might be wondering, where is Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology located? The institution sits about fourteen kilometres outside Nairobi City and was founded solely on Harambee effort in 1973.

Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology grants affordable academic programs drawing several learners from across the entire country. As the September intake fast approaches, it is time we inform you on KIST courses, fee structure, applications, and admission.

Courses offered at KIST Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology

The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Below is a categorisation of the courses offered in this department and their admission requirements. It is necessary to note that the examination body for all the courses in this division is the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC).

i. Artisan in Electrical Installation

  • Duration -five terms
  • Entry requirements -KCSE Mean Grade D-( Minus) as well as D-(Minus) in Mathematics

ii. Certificate in electrical & electronics engineering (power option)

  • Duration -Two years
  • Entry requirements -KCSE Mean Grade D(Plain) and D (plain) in Mathematics and anyone Science subject

iii. Certificate In Electrical & Electronics Engineering (For Telecommunication option) modular

  • Duration of course-Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade D (Plain), D+ (plus) in Mathematics and Physics

iv. Diploma in Electrical & Electronics Engineering (power option)

  • Duration -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus) & D (plain) in Mathematics and Physics

v. Diploma in Electrical & Electronics Engineering (Telecommunication option)

  • Duration of course-Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus) & D+(plus) in Maths and Physics

vi. Diploma in Electrical & Electronics Engineering (Instrumentation option)

  • Duration of course -Three years
  • Entry requirements -KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus) & D+ (plus) in Mathematics and Physics

vii. A Diploma in Electrical And Electronics Engineering (Power Option) Module 11

  • Duration of course -Two terms
  • Entry requirements- Candidates need to have completed the Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (The Power Option) Module 1 or a Certificate in Electronics and Electrical Engineering(The Power Option) Module 11

viii. Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (The Power Option) Module 111

  • Duration of course-Two terms
  • Entry requirements-Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Module 11

ix. Certificate in Electronics and Electrical Engineering (For Power Option) Module 11

  • Duration -Two terms
  • Entry requirements-Certificate in Electrical and Electronics Engineering(Power Option) Module 1

Department of Hospitality

In this department of study, the examination body is KNEC for the Certificate and Diploma course

i. Certificate in Food & Beverage(Modular)

  • Duration -Two years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean grade D (Plain)

ii. Diploma in Food And Beverage(Modular)

  • Term -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean grade C- (Minus)

Department of Baking Technology

The Courses in this department are examined by either KNEC or KIST as shown below

i. Certificate in Baking Technology

  • Duration -Two years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean grade D (plain)
  • Examination body -KNEC

ii. Diploma in Baking Technology (modular)

  • Term -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C- (Minus)
  • Examination body -KNEC

iii. Bread Making

  • Term -One week
  • Entry -Anyone can apply
  • Examination body -KIST

iv. Cake Making

  • Term -One week
  • Entry -For anyone interested
  • Examination body -KIST

v. Cake Decoration

  • Term -One week
  • Entry -Anyone can join
  • Examination body -KIST

vi. Artisan in Baking technology

  • Duration -One year
  • Entry -KCSE Mean Grade D-(Minus)
  • Examination body -KIST

vii. Diploma in Food Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Term -Three Years
  • Entry -KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus)
  • Examination body -KNEC

fee structure

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certificate courses

Department of ICT and Computer Studies

The ICT and Computer Studies department has several courses examined by different bodies as described below.

i. Certificate in Information Technology (Modular)

  • Duration -Two years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade D (plain) with D-(minus) in mathematics.
  • Examination body -KNEC

ii. Certificate in Information Technology (module II)

  • Duration -2 terms
  • Entry requirements-Pass in Certificate in Information Technology Module I
  • Examination body -KNEC

iii. Diploma in Information Communication Technology (modular)

  • Duration -3 Years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus) and D+(plus) in Mathematics or Computer Studies
  • Examination body -KNEC

iv. Diploma in Information Communication Technology module II

  • Duration -2 Terms
  • Entry requirements-Certificate in Information Technology Module II or a Diploma in ICT Module I
  • Examination body -KNEC

v. Diploma in Information Communication Technology Module III

  • Duration -2 Terms
  • Entry -Diploma in ICT Module II
  • Examination body -KNEC

vi. ICDL

  • Duration -twenty hours per module
  • Entry requirements-Basic Literacy
  • Examination body -ICDL

vii. Diploma in Computer Studies

  • Duration -3 Years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(minus) and D+ (plus) in Computer Studies OR Mathematics
  • Examination body -KNEC

viii. Diploma in Information Communication Technology (ICT)

  • Duration -Sixteen weeks part-time
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C- (minus)
  • Examination body -KASNEB

ix. Computer Application Packages

  • Study mode -Part Time
  • Entry requirements -Basic Literacy
  • Examination body -KIST

Department of Business Entrepreneurship and Social Studies

In this dept, some of the courses are examined by KNEC, others by KASNEB

1. Certificate in Human Resource Management (modular)

  • Duration -Two years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean grade D (plain)
  • Examination body -KNEC

2. Certificate in Supply Chain Management(modular)

  • Duration -Two years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade D (plain)
  • Examination body -KNEC

3. Certificate in Business Management (modular)

  • 2 Years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade D (plain)
  • Examined by KNEC

4. Certificate in Social Work & Community Development (modular)

  • Duration -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus)
  • Examination body -KNEC

5. Diploma in Human Resource Management (modular)

  • Duration -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus)
  • Examination body -KNEC

6. Diploma in Supply Chain Management (modular)

  • Duration -Three Years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus)
  • Examination body -KNEC

7. Diploma in Business Management (modular)

  • Duration -Three Years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(MINUS)
  • Examination body -KNEC

8. Diploma in Social Work & Community Development (modular)

  • Duration -Three Years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus)
  • Examination body -KNEC

9. A Certified Public Accountant part 1, 11 and 111

  • Duration -One Term
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C+(plus), C+ in Mathematics and English, Pass in ATD Level 11 and CPA Section 11 respectively
  • Examination body -KASNEB

10. Accounting Technician certificate level 1 & 11 (full & part-time)

  • Duration -One term
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-
  • Examination body -KASNEB

11. Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management

  • Duration -Two years
  • Entry requirements-Diploma in Human Resource Management Module 111
  • Examination body -KNEC

12. Diploma in Entrepreneurship Development

  • Duration -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus)
  • Examination body -KNEC

13. Diploma in Banking

  • Duration -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus)
  • Examination body -KNEC

14. Diploma in Sales and Marketing

  • Duration -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus)
  • Examination body -KNEC

15. Diploma in Supply Chain Management module 11

  • Duration -Two terms
  • Entry requirements- Certificate in Supply Chain Management 11 or Diploma in Supply Chain Management 1
  • Examination body -KNEC

16. Diploma in Human Resource Management module 11

  • Duration -Two terms
  • Entry requirements-Diploma in Human Resource Management Module 1
  • Examination body -KNEC

17. Diploma in Business Management module 11

  • Duration -Two terms
  • Entry requirements-Diploma in Business Management Module 1
  • Examination body -KNEC

18. Accounting technician diploma for level 1 &2 (full and part-time)

  • Duration -One semester
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C- or Accounting Technician Diploma Level 1 Respectively
  • Examination body -KASNEB

19. Certificate in business management module 11

  • Duration -Two terms
  • Entry requirements-Certificate in Business Management (Modular 1)
  • Examination body -KNEC

Department of building and civil engineering

In this section, all courses are examined by KNEC

1. Certificate in building technology

  • Duration of course -Two Years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade D (plain) and D-(minus) in Mathematics

2. Certificate in Plumbing

  • Term -Two years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade D (plain) and D-(minus) in Mathematics

3. Certificate in carpentry and joinery

  • Duration -Two years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade D (plain) and D-(minus) in Mathematics

4. Diploma in building technology (modular)

  • Term -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C- (minus) and D+ in Physics/Physical sciences and Mathematics

5. Diploma in civil engineering (modular)

  • Duration -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C- (minus) and D+ in Mathematics and Physical Sciences/ Physics

6. Diploma in architecture module 11

  • Duration -Two terms
  • Entry requirements-Diploma in Architecture Module 1

7. Diploma in architecture (modular)

Duration -Three years

Entry requirements-KCSE Grade C-(minus) and D+ in Mathematics and Physics/Physical Sciences

8. Diploma in quantity surveying

  • Duration -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C- (minus)

9. Diploma in architecture module 111

  • Duration -Two terms
  • Entry requirements-Diploma in Architecture Module 11

10. Artisan in masonry

  • Duration -Two years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Grade D-(minus) and D-(minus) in Mathematics

11. Diploma in civil engineering module 11

  • Duration -Two Terms
  • Entry requirements-Diploma in Civil Engineering Module 1

12. Diploma in civil engineering module 111

  • Duration -Two terms
  • Entry requirements-Diploma in Civil Engineering Module 11

Department of applied sciences

Likewise, all courses here are under KNEC examination body.

1. Certificate in science laboratory technology

  • Duration -Two years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade D and D( plain) in any two sciences

2. Diploma in applied biology

  • Term -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus) and C-(Minus) in Biology

3. Diploma in analytical chemistry

  • Term -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus) and C-(Minus) in Chemistry(plain)

4. Certificate in sustainable agriculture

  • Duration -One and a half years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean grade D+

5. Diploma in sustainable agriculture

  • Duration -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus) & C- in any two Sciences

6. Certificate in environment science

  • Term -Two years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean grade D+ and D(plain) in any two sciences

7. Diploma in environmental science (modular)

  • Term -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus) & D+(PLUS) in Biology or Chemistry

8. Diploma in applied statistics

  • Term -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(Minus) & C (Plain) in Mathematics

9. Diploma in general agriculture

  • Term -Three years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade C-(minus) & D+ (Plus) in any Two Sciences

10. Certificate in general agriculture

  • Term -Two years
  • Entry requirements-KCSE Mean Grade D(plain) & D(Plain) in any Two Sciences

Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology fee structure

The KIST fee structure for certificate courses, diploma courses, and short courses for this year are as described below.

Department of Building and Civil engineering

i. Certificate in Building Technology: tuition v per term KSh. 18,000

ii. Certificate in Plumbing: tuition fees per term KSh. 18,000

iii. Certificate in Carpentry & Joinery: tuition v per term KSh. 18,000

iv. Diploma in Building Technology (Modular): tuition v per term KSh. 18,000

v. Diploma in Civil Engineering (Modular): tuition charges per term KSh. 18,000

vi. Diploma in Civil Engineering Module II: tuition charges per term KSh. 18,000

vii. Diploma in Civil Engineering Module III: tuition charges per term KSh. 18,000

viii. Diploma in Civil Engineering Module II: tuition charges per term KSh. 18,000

ix. Diploma in Architecture (Modular): tuition charges per term KSh. 18,000

x. Diploma in Architecture (Module II): tuition charges per term KSh. 18,000

The Department of business entrepreneurship and social studies

i. A Diploma in Human Resource Management Module II: Tuition charges per term KSh 13,000

ii. A Diploma in Human Resource Management Module III: Tuition charges per term KSh. 13,000

iii. Diploma in Human Resource Module II: Tuition charges per term KSh. 13,000

iv.A Diploma in Supply Chain Management Module II: Tuition charges per term KSh. 13,000

v.A Diploma in Supply Chain Management Module III: Tuition cost per term KSh. 13,000

vi. Accounting Technician Certificate Level I: Tuition cost per term KSh. 13,000

vii. A Certified Public Accountant Section I: Tuition fees per term KSh. 13,000

viii. A Diploma in Human Resource Management Module I: Tuition cost per term KSh. 13,000

ix. The Diploma in Social Work & Community Development Module I: Tuition cost per term KSh. 13,000

x. A Certificate in Social Work & Community Development Module I: Tuition cost per term KSh. 13,000

xi. The Certified Public Accountant Part I Sections II & III ( for full and Part Time): Tuition cost per term KSh. 14,670

Department of computer

i. Diploma in Information Communication Technology for Module II: Tuition cost per term KSh. 18,000.

ii. Certificate in Information Technology Module II: Tuition cost per term KSh. 18,000.

iii. International Computer Driving License (For Evening & Saturday): tuition fees KSh. 30,000 for seven modules

Department of electrical and electronics engineering

Artisan in Electrical Installation: tuition cost per term KSh. 18,000.

Department of applied science

Science Laboratory Technology: tuition fees per term KSh. 18,000.

Department of Baking Technology

Artisan in Baking Technology: tuition COST per term KSh. 18,000.

The fee structure for short courses

i. Bread Making

Duration -One week

Tuition fees –Eighteen thousand Kenyan shillings

ii. Cake Making

Term -One week

Tuition fees –KSh. 18,000

iii. Cake Decoration

Term -One week

Tuition fees –KSh. 15,000

KIST intake and application forms

KIST intake dates are equitably spread across the year to receive learners as soon as they are available to start their careers. The school has three different intakes in January, May, and September. Learners are advised to apply for various KIST courses awarded in the upcoming September intake. tHE Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology application form is currently available at KIST online portal for ease of access.

Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology KIST admission letters

Considered learners whose application to study at KIST has already admitted can now download their admission letters for 2019/2020 academic year. Below is a simplistic guide on how you can access your admission letter online.

Admission letter download requirements

  • A reliable internet connection
  • A phone, tablet or personal computer
  • KCSE index number

Admission letter download procedure

  1. Open your favoured browser and navigate to Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology admissions portal
  2. Sign in to the system with your index number or username and password
  3. Now locate and click on the admission letter section
  4. Download and then print your KUCCPS admission letter

Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology contacts

Address: P.O Box 414-00900, Kiambu Kenya

Physical Location: Kiambu County

Email Address: principal@kist.ac.ke

Telephone number: 0727 807 713 or 0734 207 663

KIST has encountered vibrant growth in the recent past allowing it to offer industrial accepted courses at certificate and diploma levels. You now have complete information on Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology courses, admission, fees & application to make a knowledgeable decision that will determine your profession path.

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