RIAT Histrory and about the institution


RIAT is a public middle-level Technical Training Institution. Established under the TVET Act, 2013, within Kenya’s laws and operates as stipulated in Kenya’s laws. RIAT is gearing towards playing a significant and leading role in the fulfillment of its mandate.

The Institution has nine academic departments: Automotive Engineering, Building and Civil Engineering, Business Studies, Clothing and Textile, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Information Communication Technology, Food and Beverage, Social Work and Community Development, Fisheries, Aquatic Sciences, and Agriculture. Other academic support departments include Communication and Social Development, Mathematics, and Applied Sciences.

The courses are offered at different levels: Diploma, Craft, Artisan, and Competency-Based Education Training (CBET). The current students’ population stands at 5,128, with 127 teaching staff and 54-BoG staff. Our examining bodies are KNEC, NITA, AND TVET-CDACC.

  • The Institution is managed by the Board of Governors (BOG) in line with the TVET Act (2013) and the Ministry of Education set guidelines.
  • The Principal is the Chief Executive of the Institute and Secretary to the BOG and is responsible for the day to day management of the institute on behalf of and in consultation with the BOG.
  • The Institute’s operations are carried out in accordance with Government of Kenya policies and procedures as spelt out in Acts of Parliament, Policy documents and circulars issued from time to time.
  • Current trainee population is 5,128.
  • There are 127 qualified trainers in various disciplines and
  • 55 support staff.
  • The institute’s infrastructure includes workshops, classrooms, laboratories and hostels.
  • The teaching/learning resources include fish ponds, a greenhouse, botanical garden, field demonstration plots for green leafy vegetables and tree nurseries.
  • The Institute sits on 400 acres of land, out of which a 200 acres farm is located at Kibos approximately 9km from the main campus. The farm is mainly utilized for annual, perennial and horticultural crops.
  • The Institute curriculum covers a total of 50 courses.
  • Of these 15 are CBET for which RIAT has been assessed and accredited to offer.
  • Trainers have been trained and licensed as assessors.
  • 4 CBET courses are currently running actively and 18 trainees are enrolled in these.
  • More trainees are expected to be admitted into the other remaining CBET courses in the current ongoing admissions.

Since 1971, RIAT has helped young men and women receive skills they need to be financially self-sufficient.

Many leaders in this country today got their start at RIAT. We have a proven record of helping students succeed.


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