Kieni Technical Training Institute: Courses, Contacts, and More

Kieni Technical Training Institute is a government-owned TVET college located in Kieni Constituency (Nyeri), focusing on training and research of a host of technical courses.

This is a comprehensive guide to Kieni Technical and Vocational College and will answer all your questions regarding the institute.

College background

Founded in 2016, Kieni Institute is one of the TVET colleges built by the government in the last few years in its efforts to re-engineer higher education in Kenya to fit the requirements of Vision 2030.

The college’s construction was mainly funded by the state department of higher education under the ministry of education.

The college is earmarked as a center of excellence for building technology in Kenya and has invested heavily in the relevant training and support equipment.

Kieni admits students from all over Kenya.


Kieni Technical Training Institute: How to access the college

The institute is located at Karicheni, past Chaka town, along the Nyeri-Nanyuki highway or Karatina-Nanyuki road.

It is approximately 5 kilometers from the fast-growing Chaka mini-town and can be clearly seen from the highway.

If travelling from Nanyuki, you will go past Naromoru and drive for about 8 kilometers.

Kieni Technical Training Institute
DP Ruto commissioning the institute in 2016. [Photo: Courtesy]

Kieni Technical Training Institute Contacts

You can contact the college using the following details:

Postal Address: P.O Box 316, 10102, Kiganjo-Kenya

Email address: or

Telephone: +254 791 917471 / +254 720 838417

Main website:


Kieni Technical and Vocational College courses

The college offers more than 26 programs and has 4 fully-fledged departments.

Here are the complete course details:

ICT Department Programs

  1. Diploma in ICT, KNEC[C-]
  2. Certificate (Craft) in ICT-KNEC[D plain]
  3. Microsoft Office Specialist /Computer studies

Institutional Management Courses

  1. Diploma In Fashion design/clothing technology, KNEC-[C-]
  2. Certificate (Craft) In Fashion design/clothing technology, KNEC[D plain]
  3. Artisan Certificate in Garment Making, KNEC/NITA [D-]
  4. Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy, KNEC/NITA [D-]

Building & Civil Engineering Department

  1. Diploma in Civil Engineering, KNEC-[C-]
  2. Diploma in Building Technology, KNEC-[C-]
  3. Diploma in Surveying, KNEC-[C-]
  4. Certificate (Craft) in Building Technology, KNEC[D plain]
  5. Certificate (Craft) in Plumbing, KNEC[D plain]
  6. Certificate (Craft) in Carpentry & Joinery, KNEC[D plain]
  7. Artisan in Masonry, KNEC/NITA [D-]
  8. Artisan in Plumbing, KNEC/NITA [D-]
  9. Artisan in Carpentry/Joinery, KNEC/NITA [D-]
  10. Artisan in Welding arc/Gas, NITA [D-]
  11. Artisan in Electrical Wireman, KNEC [D-]


Business department Courses

  1. Diploma -Human Resource Management, KNEC-[C-]
  2. Diploma-Business management, KNEC-[C-]
  3. Diploma-Social Work & community development, KNEC-[C-]
  4. Diploma-Cooperative management, KNEC-[C-]
  5. Diploma-Agribusiness Entrepreneurship, KNEC-[C-]
  6. Certificate (craft) in Business management, KNEC[D plain]
  7. Certificate (Craft)in Human Resource management, KNEC[D plain]
  8. Certificate (craft)-Social Work & community development, KNEC[D plain]

Plans are at an advanced stage to introduce CBET programs in Fashion design & masonry.

Course duration

KNEC Certificate courses consist of 2 modules and take about 2 years to complete while Diplomas comprise of 3 modules and take 3 years.

Having said that, some courses especially short internally examined certificate courses such as computer studies can take just 3 months.

How to apply

You can apply via the KUCCPS portal (when opened). Be sure to select Kieni technical as your institution of choice.

You can also send your application to the principal through the above-listed postal address or the official email address.

You are also welcome to visit the institute’s admissions office to make enquiries and apply.


Kieni technical Training Institute admission letters

The college may post your admission letter via the postal address you provide when applying.

But if possible, collect the letter personally from the college.

It’s advisable to first call the admissions office to confirm if your letter is ready before travelling.


Kieni Technical Training Institute Intakes

The college is a co-educational technical institute and conducts its major intakes in January, May, and September every year.

You can check their website for the exact application deadlines.


Kieni Technical and Vocational College Facilities

The institution has a vision of becoming one of the leading engineering and technology colleges in Kenya and has subsequently invested impressively in research and learning facilities.

First, the college sits on expansive land and has adequate sporting grounds and support amenities.

Secondly, the government has supplied equipment worth shs.100 million across the departments.

Also magnificent are the spacious lecture halls as well as the furniture.


Kieni Technical Training Institute Hostels

Kieni has partnered with the surrounding community to provide affordable hostel facilities for students and learners usually find a home away from home from the privately-owned facilities.

Notably, these accommodation facilities are pretty affordable (rent starts at shs.2000 per month) and they are equipped with essentials such as Wi-Fi internet.

Water flows 24/7 and the location is serene and super conducive for learning and is just a  walking distance from the college.

The college will assist you to access the hostel location on reporting.

Kieni Technical Training Institute Fee structure

The annual tuition fee is about shs.56,240 as per the ministry of education guidelines.

Best of all, the government pays shs.30000 of the shs.56,240 as capitation for students applying through KUCCPS.

In addition, HELB awards loans to qualifying students, further easing the fees burden.

The HELB grant typically amounts to shs.40000.

Moreover, other stakeholders such as the county government offer bursaries to deserving students.

Note that the above fee doesn’t include the examination fees for those undertaking KNEC and NITA courses.

You should hence budget between shs.8000-shs15000 to cater for the exams.


Kieni technical training institute is well placed to give you the skills you need to create a sustainable livelihood.

From building, fashion and design, engineering, and even entrepreneurship courses, the college offers it all.

Everything else is amazing-labs, tutors, student amenities including name it.

Visit or call the institute to learn more.


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