APTITUDE EXAMINATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL UPGRADE EXAMINATIONS

A. APTITUDE EXAMINATIONS

1.0 Brief Introduction

An aptitude test is an exam designed to assess what a person is capable of doing or to predict what a person is able to learn or do given the right education and instruction. Aptitude tests are often used to assess academic potential or career suitability.

2.0 Goal of Aptitude Test

The goal is to:

  1. Predict the ability to learn new skills.
  2. Determine an individual's abilities and assess how they are likely to perform in an area in which they have no prior training or knowledge.

This aptitude examination is offered to students interested to pursue nutrition and dietetics training at certificate, diploma and degree level. The student should have completed form four education and attained the mean grade for entry into a nutrition and dietetics programme at certificate D (plain), diploma C-(minus) and degree C+(plus) levels.

This aptitude test aims to assess the capability of the students to train in nutrition and dietetics when the entry grades for core subjects (Biology, Chemisty, English and Mathematics) are below the minimum entry requirements.

Upon successful completion and qualification from the aptitude test, the student shall be allowed to enroll for the Professional Upgrade Course in Mathematics, English/Kiswahili, Chemistry and Biology.

3.0 Eligibility Criteria for Aptitude Test

Who is eligible for aptitude exams?

  1. Students interested to train and undertake a course in nutrition and dietetics at certificate, diploma and degree level. And are therefore
  2. Seeking for admission into KNDI accredited training institutions (colleges and universities), have attained the mean grade for entry into nutrition and dietetics programme but are limited by the minimum entry grades for core subjects as per the legal notice 160: http://kenyalaw.org/kl/fileadmin/pdfdownloads/LegalNotices/2020/LN160_2020.pdf
  3. These students may have been admitted in these training institutions on or after 1st September 2021.

Note

Any student who was admitted before 1st September 2021 into KNDI accredited training institutions without meeting the minimum entry grades for core subjects should apply directly for professional upgrade examinations in the specific subjects they failed to meet the entry grades.

4.0 Documents Required to Apply for Aptitude Test

Each student shall be required to attach a scanned copy (pdf format) of the following documents in the online platform;

  1. KCSE certificate.
  2. Student admission letter into the respective training institution (for those already admitted).
  3. A completely filled copy of the student agreement form.

The student agreement form is available here. (This form should be downloaded, filled, scanned into pdf format and uploaded in the student agreement form section).

5.0 Aptitude Test Fee/Cost

An aptitude exam costs Kshs. 300/=

One is required to pay after applying at https://puexam.kndi.institute/

After applying you will receive an Invoice via email. The invoice received must read aptitude test exam fee payment.

Follow the instructions in the notes section to pay Kshs. 300 as examinations fee for the KNDI Aptitude Test.

  1. Mode payment; MPESA
  2. Go to Mpesa and select Pay Billoption
  3. Put the Business Number as 975775
  4. Enter the Account Number as the Invoice number received upon registering at https://puexam.kndi.institute/

6.0 How to Apply for Aptitude Test

Follow this link to apply for aptitude test; https://puexam.kndi.institute/#/

7.0 Schedule for the Aptitude Test

The Aptitude Exam shall be conducted online on Wednesday, 28th February 2024.

8.0 Outcome of the Aptitude test

Successful applicants will be automatically admitted to professional upgrade examinations in the respective subjects that they don’t meet the entry grade. Such applicants will receive an automated invoice to pay for the respective subject(s) applied for.

Unsuccessful applicants will not be allowed to proceed with training in nutrition and dietetics at either certificate, diploma or degree level. And as such, they should consider pursuing other professionals of their interest.

B. PROFESSIONAL UPGRADING EXAMINATIONS

1.0 Brief Introduction

Professional Upgrade Examination is a test offered to students who were admitted into nutrition and dietetics program without meeting the KNDI legalized entry grades for core subjects (Biology, Chemistry, English/Kiswahili and Mathematics) at the various levels of training as per legal notice 160;

http://kenyalaw.org/kl/fileadmin/pdfdownloads/LegalNotices/2020/LN160_2020.pdf.

Such students can be in advanced age of their training in their respective colleges, have graduated but not indexed or were indexed without meeting the above criteria. And as such, they are not able to proceed to application for registration with KINDI and the subsequent services and processes.

Such students are required to apply for the professional upgrade course, sit for and pass the professional upgrade exam in the respective subjects they failed to meet the entry grade as per legal notice 267; https://www.kndi.institute/notices/Legal_Notice_160_267_Entry_Grades.pdf

A student should apply for subject(s) they did not meet the entry grade as per the legal notice 160 above. The examined subjects shall be offered as follows;

Table 1: Professional upgrade examined subjects

Subject Name of Examinations
1.      Biology Human Biology
2.      Chemistry Basic Chemistry
3.      Mathematics Basic Mathematics
4.      English English Upgrade

NOTE:

Professional upgrade examination results are not a substitute to the academic qualification examination but are only applicable for the purpose of licensing and registration of nutritionists and dieticians within the provisions of the Nutritionists and Dieticians Act No. 18 of 2007: Cap 253b.

2.0 Eligibility Criteria for Professional Upgrade Exams

Who is eligible for professional upgrade examinations?

Any applicant/student who was admitted to train in nutrition and dietetics courses at certificate, diploma or degree level without meeting the entry for core subjects in nutrition and dietetics (Biology, Chemistry, English/Kiswahili and Mathematics) as per the legal notice 160: http://kenyalaw.org/kl/fileadmin/pdfdownloads/LegalNotices/2020/LN160_2020.pdf

3.0 Documents Required to Apply for Professional Upgrade Exams

Each student shall be required to attach a scanned copy (pdf format) of the following documents in the online platform;

  1. KCSE certificate.
  2. Student admission letter into the respective training institution (for those already admitted).
  3. A completely filled copy of the student agreement form.

The student agreement form is available here. (This form should be downloaded, filled, scanned into pdf and uploaded in the student agreement form section).

4.0 Professional Upgrade Exams Fee/Cost

A professional upgrade exam applicant is required to pay Kshs. 10,000/= for each subject.

One is required to pay after applying at https://puexam.kndi.institute/

After applying you will receive an Invoice via email. The invoice must read professional upgrade exam fee payment and list one or all the subject(s) to pay for.

Follow the instructions in the notes section to pay as instructed.

  1. Mode payment; MPESA
  2. Go to Mpesa and select Pay Billoption
  3. Put the Business Number as 975775
  4. Enter the Account Number as the Invoice number received upon registering at https://puexam.kndi.institute/

5.0 Calendar for 2024 and How to Apply for the Professional Upgrade Course and Examinations

5.1 Calendar for Professional Upgrade Course and Examinations 2024

APTITUDE AND PROFESSIONAL UPGRADE EXAMINATIONS CALENDAR 2024

ITEM

PHASE 10

PHASE 11

PHASE 12

Aptitude examinations administration

28th February 2024

26th June 2024

16th October 2024

Orientation of applicants

1st March 2024

28th June 2024

18th October 2024

Commencement of revision classes for professional upgrade

4th - 31st March 2024

1st - 28th July 2024

21st October – 17th November 2024

Professional upgrade examinations administration

12 - 13th April 2024

9 -10th August 2024

29 – 30th November 2024

The Application Window for March 2024 is Open

5.2 How to Apply for Professional Upgrade Course and Exams

Follow this link to apply for professional upgrade examinations:  https://puexam.kndi.institute/#/

5.3 Upgrade Course, Revision Classes and Examinations

All applicants of the upgrade course MUST ATTEND all the revision classes for every subject they applied for.

Revision classes are conducted online via zoom platform in the evening hours from 4pm to 8pm.

Each subject shall be taught for 14 days, 2 hours daily.

Those who will not attend all revision classes will not be allowed to sit for professional upgrade examinations.

Applicants should check here for Instructions on how to download ZOOM and access the links to join classes.

Check here for The Revision Classes and Examination Timetable.

Check here for The Timetable for Professional Upgrade Examinations and the Exam Venues.

6.0 Outcome of the Professional Upgrade Exams

Successful applicants (pass in all subject(s) they applied for) of the professional upgrade examinations will be allowed to proceed to application for registration with KNDI and the subsequent services and processes (indexing, internship and licensing professional examination).

Those who had paid for indexing will not pay again when re-applying for the same.

Those who fail once will be allowed to undertake the program for the second and last chance by re-applying and paying Kshs. 6,000/= as exam resit fees.

Those who fail twice will not be registered with KNDI as professionals.

NOTE

All students who will not have paid for the subjects by the orientation date will need to obtain a security guarantee from the host institution.

Security Guarantee Procedure

  1. The host institution pays on behalf of the student by cheque or any other means.
  2. A student must pay for at least one subject and obtained a security guarantee on the remaining subject from the principal of the host institution.
  3. In case of (2) above, the unpaid and secured balances must be cleared before the completion of the program (revision classes for respective subject).
  4. Students who fail to pay as indicated in (3) shall not sit for upgrade examinations for those subjects.

Contacts

If you have questions about aptitude and professional upgrade course and examinations, please contact;

Call Hotline 1: +254 0112 514 865

Call Hotline 2: +254 0738 608 882

Email; info@kndi.institute or exam@kndi.institute

Website: www.kndi.institute