Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology.

Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology.

KIHBT offers a range of higher diploma, diploma, certificate, and craft certificate courses across its three campuses: Nairobi Main Campus, Ngong Campus, and Kisii Training Centre. Dedicated to developing skilled manpower for the infrastructure sector, the school integrates theory and practical knowledge. All Campuses are equipped with modern facilities including classrooms, workshops, sports grounds, and modern equipment, aligning with the vision of the Ministry and KIHBT.

Academic Courses

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

The branch offers a variety of ICT courses, available as short courses or under the regular program mode. Diploma courses result in certificates awarded by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), while other courses receive internal institute certificates. Offerings include:

  • Diploma in Computer Studies
  • AutoCAD (Short course)
  • Basic Computer Applications
  • Tailor-Made Courses, such as Roads Maintenance Management System (RMMS) for engineers

Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering branch stands as one of the pioneer branches of KIHBT. Courses in this field are available in both regular and part-time modes, catering to diverse schedules and preferences.

The Civil Engineering branch at KIHBT offers a range of diploma and higher diploma programs to meet the needs of aspiring engineers:

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • Diploma in Highway Engineering
  • Diploma in Land Survey
  • Higher Diploma in Construction with options in:
    • Highway Engineering
    • Building Economics
    • Building and Civil Engineering
    • Structural Engineering

Driver Training School

Training at the school operates on a full-time basis, spanning a continuous period of 4 weeks. Certificates for driving and first aid courses are internally awarded, while driving licenses are issued by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles and the Transport Licensing Board via the Kenya Revenue Authority. The school provides the following short courses:

  • Basic Motor Vehicle Driver Training
  • Basic Motorcycle Riding
  • Refresher Driving Courses (for existing drivers)
  • Defensive Driving Courses (for existing drivers)
  • First Aid Course

Electrical and Electronics

The branch offers a variety of courses leading to certifications from reputable institutions:

  • Higher Diploma: Certificates awarded by KNEC or Mombasa Polytechnic University College (MPUC)
  • Diploma Craft Certificates: Certificates awarded by KNEC
  • Proficiency Certificate in Electrical Installation: Certificate awarded by the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT)
  • Government Trade Test Certificates: Certificates awarded by the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT)

These courses are available in both regular and short-term formats to accommodate different learning needs and schedules.

Mechanical Engineering

All diploma courses are conducted on a full-time basis for 3 years. The branch offers specialized programs in:

  • Construction Plant Option (Repair & Maintenance of Earth Moving Equipment/Construction Machines)
  • Industrial Plant (Repair & Maintenance of Industrial Machines/Equipment)
  • Automotive Engineering (Repair & Maintenance of Motor Vehicles)

Building and Construction

The Building Branch at KIHBT provides a range of programs to train individuals for the infrastructure sector:

Internally certified short and tailor-made Capacity Building Courses:

  • Building Supervisors
  • Contract Management
  • Safety in Construction Sites
  • Occupational Health Safety and Environment
  • Skills improvement courses in plumbing, painting, masonry, and carpentry/joinery.

Regular Diploma and Craft Courses, KNEC and NITA examined:

  • Diploma in Architecture
  • Diploma in Building Technology
  • Diploma in Quantity Surveying
  • Craft Certificate in:
    • Plumbing and Pipe Fitting
    • Masonry
    • Carpentry and Joinery
    • Architecture


The Branch provides a selection of short courses, typically lasting 4 to 6 weeks, tailored for specific skill development:

  • Contractors
  • Site Agents
  • Site Supervisors
  • Road Overseers
  • Labour-Based Methods of Road Construction and Maintenance
  • Low Volume Road Pavement Surfacing

KIHBT School Fees

The fee structure for the Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology varies depending on the specific course you wish to pursue. Please contact the institute directly or visit their official website for detailed information regarding the fees associated with each program.

Course LevelEntry RequirementPrice (Ksh)
DiplomaC Minus in KCSE22,000
CertificateD Plain in KCSE19,500

For the Short Courses:

  • AutoCAD and ArchiCAD (2 weeks): Ksh 15,000
  • Basic Computer Applications (3 weeks): Ksh 10,000
  • Basic Training Course for Engineers (2 weeks): Ksh 25,000
  • Building Supervisors (6 weeks): Ksh 40,000
  • Defensive Driving (1 week): Ksh 10,000
  • Elementary Driving for School Leavers (4 weeks): Ksh 11,000
  • Fire Safety & Disaster Preparedness (1 week): Ksh 25,000
  • First Aid (5 days): Ksh 6,000
  • Fleet Management (1 week): Ksh 30,000
  • Plant Operators (2 months): Ksh 65,000
  • Refresher Course for Drivers (1 week): Ksh 10,000
  • Road Overseers (6 weeks): Ksh 126,000



Phone: 0202465760 / 0202465761

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