6 months diploma courses in Kenya

Previously, we have looked at some of the most marketable 6-month certificate courses. As a continuation, in this guide, I shall take you through some of the best 6 months diploma courses that you can pursue in Kenya.

I will also tell you what the entry requirements for each of the courses are and some of the best institutions where you can pursue the course.

Best 6 months diploma courses in Kenya

Before we proceed, let me mention that these diploma courses stand out because you can pursue them no matter the course you studied at the university or college.

As such, you can use them to upskill (thereby improving your marketability), transition to a different career, or start a side hustle.

With that in mind, here are the most marketable 6-months diploma courses you can pursue in Kenya:

Diploma in Digital Marketing

Currently, there has been an increased demand for digital marketers and social media managers.

This is because businesses are looking to improve their marketing and customer service by taking their businesses online too.

And that’s where a Diploma in Digital Marketing course comes in.

This course equips you with all the necessary skills to promote brands online through various avenues. These avenues include social media marketing, search engine marketing (SMM), search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click ads, Google ads, etc.

You can enroll for the course with us (we are one of the best digital marketing schools in Kenya) – we have a comprehensive curriculum and we teach using practical sessions.

Furthermore, we try to link our graduates with companies looking for fresh talent – see some graduates we have linked up.

Diploma in Graphic Design

In this course, you will learn how to create various graphics such as flyers, logos, infographics, magazine layouts, branding materials, user interfaces, and animations among others.

To qualify for the program, you need to have basic IT skills and at least a D- in KCSE.

Possible career paths: Graphic designer, UI/UX designer, motion graphics designer, social media manager, 3D modeler, and brand identity designer.

Furthermore, with the course, you can also find well-paying freelance jobs from as little as $30 to as much as $250+ per project.

Now, you can pursue this program at our institution (Kenya Online College) – we offer both physical and online classes… Learn more about our course here.

Nevertheless, there are still some other good institutes you can pursue the course at such as Eldoret School of Graphics and Academy of Digital Designs, Nakuru.

Diploma in Human Resource Management

A diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) equips you with the necessary skills to hire, train, and manage employees.

Usually, colleges in Kenya offer this course in three modules (with each module taking 6 months).

In our Human Resource career guide, we saw why the course is still marketable compared to other business courses.

Now, to qualify for this diploma program, you need to have at least a C- in your KCSE or a Certificate in Human Resource Management.

Possible career paths: HR manager, talent acquisition consultant, compliance officer, learning & development manager, or payroll administrator.

If you are a current student or employee, and you want to pursue this course, you might not have the time to attend physical classes.

Fortunately for you, at Kenya Online College, we offer a fully online HRM diploma course that you can pursue at the comfort of your home… You’ll only need to avail yourself for exams.

Diploma in Photography & Videography

This course introduces you to professional photography, film production, and video editing.

Now, while you might have come across street photographers, it doesn’t mean that the course is not that marketable.

In fact, let me briefly mention to you some other possible career paths you can follow after completing this course…

Possible career paths: broadcast camera operator, film director, music video director, corporate photographer/videographer, video editor, photojournalist, aerial photographer/videographer, content creator, television camera operator, and event photographer/videographer among others.

Not to mention that you can freelance (and earn online) as a professional video editor or by licensing your work.

As you can see, the opportunities are endless – the secret lies in first pursuing the course at an institution that offers an in-depth photography & videography course.

To point you in the right direction, you can read our other course guide where we look at the different institutions offering the course, their entry requirements, and course curriculum here.

Diploma in Web Design

This course equips you with the right skills to create and manage different types of websites such as:

  • E-commerce stores
  • Landing pages
  • Personal websites
  • Corporate websites
  • Real estate websites
  • Institutional websites among others

Just so you know, this is one of the best-paying short-term courses that you can pursue.

You see, as a freelance website developer, you can charge from as little as Ksh. 13,000 for small websites to as much as Ksh. 200,000 for larger and more complex sites.

Usually, the entry requirements for this diploma course in most institutions is having at least a C- in KCSE and basic understanding of IT.

With that in mind, you can enroll for the course at Kenya Online College – we teach using a fully practical approach.

This way, we’re able to ensure that you’re fully ready for the job market upon graduation.

Nevertheless, there are still some other good institutions you can enroll for the program such as Horizon Heights College and DigiStride Academy.

More 6 months diploma courses in Kenya

I understand that not all of us have the same passion… In addition to the above courses, there are other good 6 months diploma courses such as:

  • Diploma in Front Office Administration & Management
  • Diploma in Customer Service
  • Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Diploma in Beauty Therapy
  • Diploma in Cosmetology & Creative Arts
  • Diploma in Secretarial Management
  • Diploma in Culinary Arts
  • Diploma in Pastry & Bakery
  • Diploma in Food & Beverage Service

6 months diploma courses in Kenya – wrapping it up

While there are many other good diploma courses in Kenya, the ones we have seen above take only 6 months to complete.

However, if you are looking for other diploma courses, you can have a look at them in our other guide: Best colleges in Kenya offering diploma courses.

P.S: At Kenya Online College, we strive to link our graduates with employers looking for fresh talent (you can read some of our success stories). For this reason, we normally have limited spots – in most programs, we take only 20 students per cohort.

In other words, if you want to pursue our courses, the earlier you book your slot, the better… To know if we have any available slots, call/WhatsApp our admissions office on 0797 532 345.


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