Meru National Polytechnic courses, fees and portal reqiurements

Meru National Polytechnic (Meru NP) is a public TVET institution established by legal notice No 94 of 2016 also known as the Meru National Polytechnic Order, 2016 as per the TVET Act guidelines. It is registered and regulated by TVETA.

It is one of the leading national polytechnics in the country with a student population of over 12,000. It is located in Meru county next to Meru national showground.

As a national polytechnic, it is a Qualification Awarding Institution (QAI) accredited by KNQA which allows it by law to train and award certificates for artisan, craft, diploma, and higher diploma-level courses. It can also collaborate with universities and other educational institutions to offer their courses and examinations.

With the new CBET courses,and as a QAI institution the polytechnic is mandated to develop curriculums as per industry needs, train, assess, and award certificates.

Meru National Polytechnic has different curriculum departments that offer a variety of courses. The departments include:

  1. Agriculture Department
  2. Applied Sciences Department
  3. Business & Accountancy Department
  4. Building & Civil Engineering Department
  5. Computing & Informatics Department
  6. Electrical & Electronics Engineering Department
  7. Hospitality and Tourism Department
  8. Mechanical & Automotive Engineering Department

Meru Polytechnic mission and vision


To provide Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for producing dependable and skilled Human Resource for Commerce and Industry.


To be an International Center of Excellence in Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET).

Meru National Poly Contact Details

Post Office: P.O. BOX 111 – 60200, MERU.

Mobile: +254 76 936 9680


Where is Meru NP located?

Meru National Polytechnic is located in Meru county along Nanyuki – Meru road 5 KM from Meru town , next to Meru national showground.

Meru national polytechnic location and direction

Meru National Polytechnic Intakes

The institute has 3 intakes within the year to align with the Ministry of Education requirements. The intakes are in January, May, and September of every year. However, inquiries can be made anytime within working hours using the contact details or by visiting the institute. They offer short courses during holiday sessions for various courses.

Fee structure and sponsorship

Students are required to pay tuition fees which must be paid upon reporting to the institute. Other payable fees are student ID, and student welfare among others. Examination fees are paid separately from tuition and the amount depends on the course and current student year of study.

The government through the Ministry of Education gives capitation to subsidize tuition fees for students in public TVET institutions. Please note that using the new funding model it is not automatic to get the scholarship but students must apply. Students should also apply for HELB loans, constituency bursaries, and other sources to facilitate fee payment.

The government has come up with a new funding model for students in tertiary and university which weighs on the level of neediness for individual students.

For more details on fee payment and how to pay please contact the national polytechnic.

Courses entry requirement for Meru NP

The course entry requirement to join Meru NP is determined by the Ministry of Education but the institute can include subject clusters to filter applicants when the need arises.

For general engineering and business diploma courses (Level 6) students require a minimum of C- and above in KCSE or a craft certificate on the respective course.

To qualify Craft certificate (Level 5) a grade of D plain and above in KCSE is required or a pass in artisan in the area of interest.

To undertake the Artisan course (Level 4), you must have a KCPE or KCSE mean grade of D- and E.

During admission, you will be required to submit documents such as KCPE and KCSE results, birth certificate, medical letter, filled application form, and passport-size picture among other documents for verification.

Courses offered in Meru polytechnic.

The institute offers a variety of courses in its academic departments at the level of diploma, craft, and artisan. KNEC, NITA, or KASNEB external examining bodies examine these courses. The Meru National Poly also examines their CBET courses and issues their certificates since they are accredited as an qualification awarding institution. The courses offered are.

Secretarial Management
Electrical Engineering
Structural Engineering
Agricultural Extension Technician Level 4, 5, 6
Irrigation And Drainage Engineering Level 6
Horticultural Nursery Management Level 4
Dairy Farm Attendant Level 3
Environmental Science Level 6
Sustainable Agriculture for Rural Development Level 4
Applied Biology level 6
Science Laboratory Technology Level 5, 6
Water & Sanitation Technology Level 6
Food science technology level 5, 6
Analytical Chemistry level 6
Quantity Surveying level 6
Plumbing Level 3, 4, 5
Building Technician Level 5, 6
Gypsum Installation Technology Level 4
Civil Engineering level 6
Land Survey level 5, 6
Office Administrator Level 5, 6
Social Work Level 5, 6
Accounts Assistant Level 6
Procurement Officer Level 6
Cooperative Officer Level 5, 6
Business Administrator Level 5, 6
Human Resource Assistant Level 5, 6
Electrical & Electronics Engineering Level 5, 6
Electrical Installation Level 4
Refrigeration And Air Conditioning Level 6
Information Technology Level 5, 6
Software Development Level 6
Computer Repair & Maintenance Level 3
Data Communication And Computer Networks Technician Level 5
Library And Information Science Level 5, 6
Computer Science Level 6
Journalism And Mass Communication Level 6
Agricultural Engineering Technician Level 6
Mechanical Engineering Technician (Plant) Level 6
Mechanical Engineering Technician (Production) Level 6
Automotive Engineering Technician Level 4,5, 6
Auto-Electrics Technician Level 5
Vehicle Body Technician Level 4
Housekeeping Manager Level 6
Baking Technology Level 6
Front Office Operator Level 3
Beauty Therapy Level 3, 4, 5, 6
Hairdressing Level 3, 4, 5, 6
Tour Guiding Level 5, 6
Catering And Accommodation Level 4, 5, 6
Home Management Level 3
Nutrition And Dietetics Level 5, 6
Laundry & Dry-Cleaning Level 4
Housekeeping Level 3
Food & Beverage Sales Level 3
Food & Beverage Production (Culinary Art) Level 3
Food And Beverage Service Level 6
Food And Beverage Production Level 6
Foreign Languages (German And French) Level A1, A2, B1 And B2

Hostel and accommodation in Meru National

Meru National offers hostel service within the institute on a first come basis. It has a total of 10 hostels, 5 for ladies and 5 for men. However, if you don’t get accommodated within the institute hostels, there are plenty of hostels within walking distance for students.

To preserve the room students can book for hostel through the institute portal after full payment of fees.

Meru National Polytechnic student portal

Student and staff portal is used by registered student and institute staff to access online services. Some of the services that the student can access from the portal are online reporting, hostel booking, fee statements, fee structures, and internal examination results among other services.

To use the student portal you need to visit the national polytechnic portal and register yourself using your student admin number. Click to open the Meru Polytechnic student portal sign up and log in. In case of any challenges contact the institute for help.