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

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 websitewww.rvist.ac.kewhere 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 15thMarch 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 6thposition.

THE RIFT VALLEY NATIONAL POLYTECHNIC COURSES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

1.Agricultural Extension46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
2.Agricultural Extension51YearKCSE DCDACC
3.Agricultural Extension62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
4.Agripreneurship46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
5.Agripreneurship51YearKCSE DCDACC
6.Agripreneurship62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
7.Dairy Farm Management46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
8.Dairy Farm Management51YearKCSE DCDACC
9.Dairy Farm Management62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
10.Dairy Plant Management51YearKCSE DCDACC
11.Dairy Processing46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
12.Poultry Layer Production Operations46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
13.Horticulture Production46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
14.Sustainable Agriculture51YearKCSE DCDACC
15.Sustainable Agriculture62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

1.Automotive Technician46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
2.Motor Cycle Mechanics46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
3.Automotive Engineering51 YearKCSE D+CDACC
4.Automotive Engineering62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
5.Mechatronics56 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
6.Automotive Mechatronics Technology62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
7.Mechanical Production (Lathe operations46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
and Fabrication)
8.Welding and Fabrication46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
9.Welding and Fabrication51 YearKCSE D+CDACC

10.Welding and Fabrication62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
11.Agricultural Engineering62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
12.Agricultural Machinery & Equipment51 YearKCSE D+CDACC
13.Agriculture Machinery & Equipment46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC

DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING

1.Building Technology51YearKCSE DCDACC
2.Building Technology62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
3.Carpentry & Joinery46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
4.Carpentry & Joinery51YearKCSE DCDACC
5.Construction Management62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
6.Land Surveying51YearKCSE DCDACC
7.Land Surveying62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
8.Masonry46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
9.Plumbing46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
10.Plumbing51YearKCSE DCDACC
11Plumbing62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
12.Architectural Draftsman51YearKCSE DCDACC
13.Architecture62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
14.Civil Engineering62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
15.Quantity Surveying62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
16.Road Transport Management62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
17.Waste water and Sanitation62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
18.Engineering Water Engineering62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC

DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS STUDIES

1.Accountancy62YearsKCSE C-(Minus) or Accountancy Level 5CDACC
2.Banking & Finance62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus) or Banking & Finance Level5CDACC
3.Business Management51 YearKCSE D or Business Management Level 4CDACC
4.Business Management62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus) or Business Management Level 5CDACC
5.Cooperative Management51 YearKCSE DCDACC
6.Cooperative Management62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus) or Cooperative Management Level 5CDACC
7.Human Resource Management62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus) or Human ResourceCDACC
Management Level 5
8.Human Resource Management51YearKCSE D+ or Dairy Farming Level 4CDACC
9.Office Administration (Secretarial)51YearKCSE D or Office Administration Level 4CDACC
10.Office Administration (Secretarial)62YearsKCSE C-(Minus) or Office AdministrationCDACC
Level 5
11Office Assistant46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
12.Supply Chain Management51 YearKCSE D or Supply Chain Management
Level 4CDACC

13.Supply Chain Management Store62YearsKCSE C-(Minus) or Supply ChainCDACC
Management Level 5
14.Keeping Management46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
15.Store Keeping Management51YearKCSE D (Plain)CDACC
16.Road Transport Management51YearsKCSE D (Plain)CDACC
17.Road Transport Management62YearsKCSE C-(Minus) or Road Transport level 5CDACC

DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS

1.Electronics Engineering51YearKCSE D+
2.Electronics Engineering62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)
3.Electrical Engineering (Power Option)62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)
4.Solar PV46MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)
5.Solar PV51YearKCSE D+
6.Telecommunication Engineering51YearKCSE D+
7.Telecommunication Engineering62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)
8.Electrical Installation (Power)46MonthsKCSE D-(Minus)
9.Electrical Installation (Power)51YearKCSE D+

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND APPLIED SCIENCES

1.Nutrition & DieteticsCraft2YearsKCSE D+ (PLUS) with D in Math/KNEC/
Physics, D in Bio & D in Chem.KNDI
KCSE C- (MINUS) with D+ in
2.Nutrition & DieteticsDiploma3YearsEng/Kisw, Bio, Chem and D inKNEC/
Math/Physics/Home Science/
KNDI
Agr.
3.Science Laboratory51YearKCSE D+CDACC
4.Science Laboratory62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
5.Applied Biology62YearsKCSE C-(MINUS) with C- in Bio,CDACC
D+ in Chem, D+ in Math/Agr. &CDACC
D+ in Eng/Kisw.
6.Analytical Chemistry62YearsKCSE C-(MINUS) with C- inCDACC
Chem, D+ in Math and D+ in
Eng/Kisw.
KCSE C-(MINUS) with C- in
7.Medical Engineering62 YearsChem, D+ in Math and D+ inCDACC
Eng/Kisw.
8.Petroleum & GeoscienceCraft2YearKCSE DKNEC
9.Petroleum & GeoscienceDiploma3YearsKCSE C-(Minus)KNEC
10.Food Technology62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
DEPARTMENT OF HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM
1.Baking Technology46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
2.Baking Technology51 YearKCSE DCDACC
3.Baking Technology62YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
4.Fashion Design46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
5.Fashion Design51 YearKCSE DCDACC
6.Fashion Design Management62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC

7.Food & Beverage Production (Culinary Arts)46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
8.Food & Beverage Production (Culinary Arts)51 YearKCSE DCDACC
9.Food & Beverage Sales & Service Manager62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
10.Food & Beverage Sales Management62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
11Food Technology46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
12.Hair Dressing46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
13.Hair Dressing51 YearKCSE DCDACC
14.Beauty Therapy46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
15.Beauty Therapy51 YearKCSE DCDACC
16.House Keeping46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
17.House Keeping & Accommodation51 YearKCSE DCDACC
18.House Keeping & Accommodation62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
19.Tourism & Travel Management51 YearKCSE DCDACC
20.Tourism & Travel Management62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
21.Tour Guide51 YearKCSE DCDACC
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
1.INFORMATION COMMUNICATION46 MonthsKCSE E & D-(Minus)CDACC
TECHNOLOGY
2.INFORMATION COMMUNICATION51 YearKCSE DCDACC
TECHNOLOGY
3.INFORMATION COMMUNICATION51 YearKCSE DCDACC
TECHNOLOGYTechnician
4.Library and Information science51 YearKCSE DCDACC
5.Library and Information science62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus) Pass in Level 5CDACC
6
6.Records and Archives Management2 YearsKCSE C-(Minus),Pass in Level 5CDACC
6
7.Computer Science2 YearsKCSE C-(Minus),Pass in Level 5CDACC
5
8.Records and Archives1 YearKCSE DCDACC

DEPARTMENT OF LIBERAL STUDIES

Counselling Psychology51 YearKCSE DCDACC
Counselling Psychology62 YearsKCSE C-(Minus)CDACC
Social Work & Community Development51 YearKCSE DCDACC
Social Work & Community Development62 YearsKCSE 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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