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The Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST) Location, Courses, Contacts, Fees and how to apply

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The Rift Valley National PolytechnicThe Rift Valley National Polytechnic

About Us

The Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST) is a giant institution offering a total of over 66 different courses in Higher National Diploma, Diploma, Craft and Artisan Programs. In addition to the full-time courses, the Institute also offers a wide range of part-time and in-service classes both at our town campuses and the main campus.

Click here to download a prospectus for the courses we offer throughout the year. RVIST PROSPECTUS.pdf

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST) was established in 1979 in Nakuru County of the then Rift Valley Province. It is located ten Kilometres west of Nakuru town along Nakuru- Njoro Road.

The Institute is the brainchild of the leaders and people of Rift Valley Province led by His Excellency Hon. Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi CGH, the Second President of the Republic of Kenya who had a vision to set up an institution that would promote the advancement of education and development in the region.

Through their effort they were able to mobilize funds through generous contributions from communities and people of the Province through the spirit harambee which led to purchase of land and establishment of fully fledged Technical Institute.

The Institute has played a significant role in education of youth contributing in creation of employment in both the public and private sector and spurred development in the region and country.

This vision is in tandem with GOK vision 2030 which is envisaged to build capacity of Human Resource to support and realize wholistic development of the country.

H.E. D.T. Arap Moi is the Chairman and Patron of the Institute and has given support in the development of strategic plan, vision and mission. In the past years he has presided over functions in the institute among them presiding over graduation ceremonies.

The day to day management is vested in the Board of management under the able stewardship of Mr. Harun K. Bomet.

Currently, the Institute is established and is offering diverse courses envisaged by its founders to have significant impact in the empowerment of the Youth and contributing to national development. As of now, the Institute has grown steadily over the years and has a student population of over 5000 students, 203 academic staff and 148 non teaching staff.

Curriculum Implementation

In order to prepare adequately to achieve the Vision 2030, RVIST offers full-time and part-time courses from Certificate to Higher Diploma level.

The courses are of­fered in 9 departments: Agriculture and Mechanical Engineering, Agriculture Education and Extension, Building and Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics, ICT & Computer Studies, Hospitality and Tourism, Health and Applied Sciences, Liberal Studies and Business Studies.

RVIST uses syllabi approved by the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE), Kenya Account­ants and Secretaries Board (KASNEB), City and Guilds of London, among others.

The students are examined by Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), KASNEB, City and Guilds, Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT), Association of Business Ex­ecutives, ICDL, NTSA among others

Nakuru and Kericho Town Campuses

RVIST has 2 Town Campuses in Nakuru town which offer competitive courses at convenient locations to meet the needs of the clients and make training more acces­sible in line with TIVET policy.

The Nakuru town campuses are located at Ndimu House and at Prestige Mall along the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway while the Kericho town campus is located  at Ndege Chai Building.

RVIST Collaborations

RV­IST has established a partnership with a US institution – Delta College of Michigan State, USA. In November 2015, RVIST Hosted a team form the Delta college and celebrated the 25-year-partnership that has seen both colleges experience tremendous growth.

RVIST and Delta renewed their partnership agreement and a more fruitful and successful collaboration is envisaged. We wish to thank the Delta College for the support through the donation of computers, medical equipment, textbooks and other education materials to the Institute.

Support by The Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology-MOHEST
RVIST would like to thank the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology for availing funds which have enabled us to construct 16 new classrooms (complete), the Library complex (on-going), science lab complex (Complete) and award­ing bursaries to our students through GOK, KESSP and HELB funds which have gone a long way to assist those who are needy. This has increased the students’ completion rate and we urge students to apply for these funds

RVIST VISION 2030 Flagship Projects

Construction, Improvement of Infrastructure and ProductionUnits

Construction of a Modern Science Laboratory Complex

The Institute completed the construction of a modern science laboratory complex and currently provides practical sessions  in the areas of analytical chemistry, food sciences, medical laboratories and pharmaceuticals.

This has seen a tremendous improvement in the support of the development of skills in the said areas. Since September 2015, RVIST has realized a major increase  in the intakes to these departments

In the complex, one block has three Classrooms, two Science Laboratories and other related office and social amenities. This project is sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education and Treasury through the Economic Stimulus Package II.

Construction of 1500 Seater Library, Research and Media Centre

The Institute is constructing a modern Library that will consist of 2 floors that will accommodate 1500 students per sitting. This will be a boost from the current 100 capacity. At the completion, the library will consist of print and e-Library section. We expect to have e-sites. The upper part will be multimedia.

This will ensure that members of the community can access books and on-line materials easily and comfortably thus participate fully in research locally and internationally. The project is funded by Government of Kenya development fund.

Additional Classrooms and Hostels

We have constructed new classrooms, renovated the existing ones and refurbished the hostels. With the vast increase of student popullation, the institution has plans to construct more hostels to accommodate more students

Installation of Modern Big Capacity Standby Generator

In 2012, Through the GOK and Peoples Republic of China we installed a big capacity (750KVA) standby generator which will sort out issues of blackout in RVIST. Since its inception, the Institute has been relying on one source (KPLC main supplies) for supply of electricity for lighting, to run computers and teaching equipment in workshops.

We used to experience challenges during periods of outages/blackouts affecting our running programmes but that is in the past now. The institute plans to procute an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) for the generator.

Rapid Prototyping Machine

In 2012, Through the GOK and Peoples Republic of China, RVIST Installed a Rapid Prototyping Machine which was  the first one in Rift Valley, Central Kenya and Nairobi Region. This machine has many functions and it will be a factory within the Institute.

The machine is capable of producing vehicle spare parts, accessories for motorcycles and bicycles as well as Packaging products used in food industry.

We are inviting stakeholders in industry to visit the Institute to acquaint and prepare themselves to get products for their industries. It has Reverse Measurement, Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Moulding, and Electrical Arc spraying machines.

Ablution Blocks and Pavements

The Institute workshops and classrooms are served by concrete pavements complete with ramps to ensure ease of movement for all, as per the college disability mainstreaming policy.

Computerization

The institute established a website www.rvist.ac.ke where communication on major information is availed to the staff, Students and the general public. In the students Portal, students can now download their results, learning timetable and the exam timetable online. Potential students are able to download the prospectus and advert whereas the alumni can register and exchange information.

The teaching staff can send and receive mail through the rvist.ac.ke webmail domain. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is incor­porated in teaching our students. Staff and students can access high speed Internet with either cable or WIFI on 24 hours basis. This opportunity creates greater enthusiasm for learning among students and offers access to a wider range of learning resources to all.

The institute boasts of five (5) fully equipped computer labs and 3 WiFi Hot sports. The Media centre is also fully equipped and the digitization of resources is currently on-going. The administration block, where all Head of Departments and Sections for both the academic and non-academic offices are located, are computerized; most having two computers per office.

ISO 9001:2008 Certification

The Institute launched Quality Management System (QMS) based on ISO 9001:2008 on 15th March 2011 and was successfully awarded a Certificate by KEBS in February 2013. This has enabled the Institute to continue enhancing customer satisfaction through effective, efficient, timely, and transparent provision of services.

In November 2015, KEBS Performed an all rounded audit and found that RVIST has tremendously improved and Continues to implement the ISO 9001:2008 Quality procedures. We are proud to inform our students, teachers, staff, RVIST Community and the Entire public at large that in January 2016, we were awarded with a certificate of Re-Certification from KEBS that will run through to November 2018. Congratulations to the Board of Management, Principal Council and the entire RVIST Fraternity!

RVIST remains committed to comply with ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System requirements. ISO 9001:2008 Certification gives us the responsibility to ensure that our services are up to international standards. It provides a road map to broadening our educational base without compromising on standards. Students, parents stakeholders and the public are hereby assured of our provision of effective, efficient, transparent services pegged on continual improvement.

RVIST is currently in the process of transitioning from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015.

Farming Activities

The college is now self sufficient through the farming production units that produce all types of vegetables, wheat, maize, beans, chicken and milk. We also train in milk production and breeding. The college has invested in three modern greenhouses for purposes of tomato production and teaching. We have constructed a Dairy Unit that is currently successfully running

Biometric System

RVIST Is in the process of installing a Biometric System. The Biometric System will be used to improve service delivery in Admission, Registration of Students, Library, Catering and Security. The upcoming Library once completed will provide a seating capacity of upto 1500 users.

Renovation of Laboratory is targeted to improve the facility in the Physical Science Laboratory. The Dairy Breeding project is meant to improve on the dairy herd both in the Institute and the community.

Bakery

The Bakery project capacity will be improved in terms products variety and the transport fleet for the distribution and sale o the products.Co-curricular Activities

Our students are also active in co curricular activities and participate in Ball games, Drama, Music, Local and International Marathon meets, Athletics, and Indoor games among others. The Institute, courtesy of the former Chief Principal Mr. E.K. Koimett, hosted the 2016 Edition of the  National KETTISO games from 27th to 29th March 2016 where Fourty One (41) Technical Training Institutions from all over the country participated. This saw RVIST Emerge as the overall winner!  In Drama and Music, the institute was represented in the Nationals  and received awards in several categories. In the recent Standard Chartered Marathon an RVIST runner was ranked 6th position.

THE RIFT VALLEY NATIONAL POLYTECHNIC COURSES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

1. Agricultural Extension 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
2. Agricultural Extension 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
3. Agricultural Extension 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
4. Agripreneurship 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
5. Agripreneurship 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
6. Agripreneurship 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
7. Dairy Farm Management 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
8. Dairy Farm Management 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
9. Dairy Farm Management 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
10. Dairy Plant Management 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
11. Dairy Processing 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
12. Poultry Layer Production Operations 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
13. Horticulture Production 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
             
14. Sustainable Agriculture 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
             
15. Sustainable Agriculture 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
             

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

 

1. Automotive Technician 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
2. Motor Cycle Mechanics 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
3. Automotive Engineering 5 1 Year KCSE D+ CDACC
4. Automotive Engineering 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
5. Mechatronics 5 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
           
6. Automotive Mechatronics Technology 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
7. Mechanical Production (Lathe operations 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
and Fabrication)
         
           
8. Welding and Fabrication 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
           
9. Welding and Fabrication 5 1 Year KCSE D+ CDACC
           

 

10. Welding and Fabrication 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
11. Agricultural Engineering 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
12. Agricultural Machinery & Equipment 5 1 Year KCSE D+ CDACC
13. Agriculture Machinery & Equipment 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC

 

DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING

 

1. Building Technology 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
2. Building Technology 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
3. Carpentry & Joinery 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
4. Carpentry & Joinery 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
5. Construction Management 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
6. Land Surveying 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
7. Land Surveying 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
8. Masonry 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
9. Plumbing 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
10. Plumbing 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
11 Plumbing 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
12. Architectural Draftsman 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
13. Architecture 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
14. Civil Engineering 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
15. Quantity Surveying 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
16. Road Transport Management 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
17. Waste water and Sanitation 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
18. Engineering Water Engineering 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC

 

DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS STUDIES

 

1. Accountancy 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) or Accountancy Level 5 CDACC
2. Banking & Finance 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) or Banking & Finance Level 5CDACC
           
3. Business Management 5 1 Year KCSE D or Business Management Level 4 CDACC
4. Business Management 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) or Business Management Level 5 CDACC
           
5. Cooperative Management 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
6. Cooperative Management 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) or Cooperative Management Level 5 CDACC
           
           
7. Human Resource Management 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) or Human Resource CDACC
    Management Level 5  
           
8. Human Resource Management 5 1 Year KCSE D+ or Dairy Farming Level 4 CDACC
9. Office Administration (Secretarial) 5 1 Year KCSE D or Office Administration Level 4 CDACC
10. Office Administration (Secretarial) 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) or Office Administration CDACC
          Level 5  
11 Office Assistant 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
           
12. Supply Chain Management 5 1 Year KCSE D or Supply Chain Management  
    Level 4 CDACC
         

 

13. Supply Chain Management Store 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) or Supply Chain CDACC
          Management Level 5
14. Keeping Management 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
15. Store Keeping Management 5 1 Year KCSE D (Plain) CDACC
16. Road Transport Management 5 1 Years KCSE D (Plain) CDACC
17. Road Transport Management 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) or Road Transport level 5 CDACC

 

DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS

 

 

1. Electronics Engineering 5 1 Year KCSE D+
2. Electronics Engineering 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus)
3. Electrical Engineering (Power Option) 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus)
4. Solar PV 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus)
5. Solar PV 5 1 Year KCSE D+
6. Telecommunication Engineering 5 1 Year KCSE D+
7. Telecommunication Engineering 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus)
8. Electrical Installation (Power) 4 6 Months KCSE D-(Minus)
9. Electrical Installation (Power) 5 1 Year KCSE D+
           

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND APPLIED SCIENCES

1. Nutrition & Dietetics Craft 2 Years KCSE D+ (PLUS) with D in Math/ KNEC/
Physics, D in Bio & D in Chem. KNDI
           
          KCSE C- (MINUS) with D+ in  
2. Nutrition & Dietetics Diploma 3 Years Eng/Kisw, Bio, Chem and D in KNEC/
Math/Physics/Home Science/  
          KNDI
          Agr.
3. Science Laboratory 5 1 Year KCSE D+ CDACC
4. Science Laboratory 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
5. Applied Biology 6 2 Years KCSE C-(MINUS) with C- in Bio, CDACC
D+ in Chem, D+ in Math/Agr. & CDACC
          D+ in Eng/Kisw.
6. Analytical Chemistry 6 2 Years KCSE C-(MINUS) with C- in CDACC
Chem, D+ in Math and D+ in
          Eng/Kisw.  
          KCSE C-(MINUS) with C- in  
7. Medical Engineering 6 2 Years Chem, D+ in Math and D+ in CDACC
          Eng/Kisw.  
8. Petroleum & Geoscience Craft 2 Year KCSE D KNEC
             
9. Petroleum & Geoscience Diploma 3 Years KCSE C-(Minus) KNEC
             
10. Food Technology 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
           
  DEPARTMENT OF HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM  
           
1. Baking Technology 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
2. Baking Technology 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
3. Baking Technology 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
4. Fashion Design 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
5. Fashion Design 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
6. Fashion Design Management 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
             

 

7. Food & Beverage Production (Culinary Arts) 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
8. Food & Beverage Production (Culinary Arts) 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
9. Food & Beverage Sales & Service Manager 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
10. Food & Beverage Sales Management 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
11 Food Technology 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
12. Hair Dressing 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
13. Hair Dressing 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
           
14. Beauty Therapy 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
           
15. Beauty Therapy 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
           
16. House Keeping 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
           
17. House Keeping & Accommodation 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
           
18. House Keeping & Accommodation 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
           
19. Tourism & Travel Management 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
           
20. Tourism & Travel Management 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
           
21. Tour Guide 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
           
  DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY  
           
1. INFORMATION COMMUNICATION 4 6 Months KCSE E & D-(Minus) CDACC
TECHNOLOGY
         
2. INFORMATION COMMUNICATION 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
  TECHNOLOGY        
3. INFORMATION COMMUNICATION 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
  TECHNOLOGYTechnician        
4. Library and Information science 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
5. Library and Information science 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) Pass in Level 5 CDACC
6
6. Records and Archives Management 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus),Pass in Level 5 CDACC
6
7. Computer Science 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus),Pass in Level 5 CDACC
5
8. Records and Archives 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
 

 

DEPARTMENT OF LIBERAL STUDIES

Counselling Psychology 5 1  Year KCSE D CDACC
Counselling Psychology 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
Social Work & Community Development 5 1 Year KCSE D CDACC
Social Work & Community Development 6 2 Years KCSE C-(Minus) CDACC
         

 

Those applying for KASNEB/ KISM courses for the first time to register with relevant bodies. Application Instructions:-

Fill in the application form available at www.rvist.ac.ke/downloads or at any of our campus and upload /submit copies of ID card, Birth Certificate, academic certificates (Result slip & leaving) and non-refundable fee of Kshs.500/- to be deposited in RVIST A/C Nakuru Branch at Cooperative Bank 01129087643400. Deposits may be made at any branch country wide. Include your mobile number in your application form. For more details visit our website www.rvist.ac.ke or email: [email protected]

Note: Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology does not discriminate on account of gender or disability.

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