National Certificate in App Development

Learn to code, get qualified, gain a new skill, get a new job

Whatever your goal, we’ll get you there

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So, you want to become a successful app, website or software developer?

Want a lucrative career in technology or maybe start your own business?

Want to travel the world while you work as a freelancer?

Let us show you how!

What is it?

Apptrepreneur is an accredited App Development course that is aimed at preparing you to be an exceptional App Developer, Website Designer or Software Developer.

On completion of the course you will receive a National Certificate in Systems Development (SAQA ID:48872, NQF level 5, 131 credits).

Career Options

This course will prepare you for a career in:

  • Web Design
  • Mobile App Development
  • Software Development

Whether you choose to work for a company or start your own business, you will have all the required skills.

Study Mode

Online learning and assessments


+-12 to 18 Months

Study Time

+- 2 to 3 hours per day


Online via email, chat, forums and webinars

What will I learn?

By the end of this course you will learn how to:

  • Create beautiful, user friendly apps for the web and for mobile devices
  • Analyse client needs
  • Plan and develop your apps
  • Use various software development tools used by experienced software developers in order to streamline and simplify the development process
  • Test and debug your app
  • Take your products to market

What is covered in the modules?

Module 0: Start Coding With HTML

In this module you will write your first lines of code and learn the basics of coding apps and websites. You will be introduced to two coding languages: HTML and CSS.


Apps you will Build:

Image Gallery App

Module 1: Cascade Style Sheet (CSS)

In this module you will learn to develop your first apps. You will start off with a basic app, and progress towards more complete and amazing apps. You will take your HTML and CSS skills much further.


App you will build:

Superhero App

Online Store App

Module 2: Responsive Layouts

In this module you will learn how develop apps that respond to the size of a devices screen.


Apps you will build:

Pine City Zoo App

Pine City Mall App

Module 3: Principles of Color and Design

In this module you will learn how to make use of colors and designs in a way that works together with your app and looks good.


Apps you will build:

Recipe Book

Restaurant Menu App

Module 4: Drag-and-Drop Apps

In this module you will learn how to implement “drag-and-drop” functionality into your apps and websites. You will do this by developing two fun apps that use drag-and-drop.


Apps you will build:

Funny People

World Map

Puzzle App


Module 5: CSS Animations

In this module you will learn how to add basic animations to your websites and apps using nothing more than HMTL and CSS. You will do this by creating an app that provides information about the Solar System.


Apps you will build:

Solar System

Module 6: CSS Image Effects

In this module you will learn how to add hover effects on images using CSS.


Apps you will build:

Travel the World

Module 7: Web Development with WordPress

In this module you will learn how to develop websites using the popular platform, WordPress.


Websites you will build:

Portfolio Site

eCommerce Site

Module 8: Introduction to JavaScript

In this module you will take your first steps in coding with JavaScript.


Apps you will build:

Calculator App

Module 9: JavaScript Dates and Times

In this module you will learn how to access and make use of JavaScript’s Time functions.


Apps you will build: 

Countdown Timer App

World Clock App

Module 10: Fetching Data from a Server

In this module you will learn how to fetch data from a server and display it in an app


Apps you will build: 

Advanced Recipe Book

Module 11: Bootstrap CSS Framework

In this module you will learn how to use the Bootstrap framework for CSS to improve the design of your apps and websites.

Apps you will build: 

Image Gallery Plus

Mini Blog App

Module 12: Database Driven Apps

In this module you will learn how to develop apps that can fetch and add data to a database.

Apps you will build: 

Contact Book App

Mentored, Hands-on, Accelerated Learning

The best way to become a pro is to learn under one.

Our courses have all been developed by seasoned developers who also mentor and guide our students. This is what has allowed our past students to become world-class developers.

Our unique, modular self-directed learning approach allows you to learn any time, anywhere. Our online mentors are here to support you all the time.

A combination of world-class content and ongoing support and mentorship from our experienced online teachers will ensure your learning journey is exciting and effective.

Who will be my teacher/mentor?

Maseehullah Kathrada

Hi there! My name is Maseeh and I’ll be your online teacher and mentor.

I am an award-winning app developer with a number of years of experience. In 2015 my team, Deep Blue, were the winners of the IBM Youth Innovation Challenge.

How much is it?


R24 995


Includes registration fee
Gives you access to all the modules


R2 500

Per module X 12

With this unique payment method, you pay for one module at a time.

Fees include all study materials (you don’t need to buy any textbooks), assessment and moderation fees, and 15 months of online teacher support

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Apptrepreneur course accredited?

Yes. Apptrepreneur is accredited by the MICT SETA and by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

By successfully completing the course you will receive a National Certificate in Systems Development (SAQA ID 48872, 131 credits, NQF level 5).

Do I need to have any previous experience with coding?

Not at all. In this course we will assume that you have never written a single line of code in your life. All you need to know is how to use a computer and an internet browser.

What if I don’t have matric?

No matric, no problem! You can still study with us by applying for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Give us a shout to find out how.

Do I need to be good at Maths to be a coder?

Not at all! There is an old myth that you have to be good at maths to be a coder.

Anyone can learn to code, even kids.

Do you offer bursaries?

We do not offer bursaries, but if you need one, we can recommend some excellent organisations who you can apply to.

Need more info? Give us a shout:

We would love to hear from you!