Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST)

Nakuru Town East - Constituency, Nakuru - County


The Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST) is a giant institution offering a total of over 42 different courses in Higher National Diploma, Diploma, Craft and Artisan Programs.

In addition to the full-time courses, the Institute also offers a wide range of part-time and in-service classes both at our town campuses and the main campus. Click here to download a prospectus for the courses we offer throughout the year.

Vision: Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST) aims to be a center of excellence for quality technical research and development for self-reliance and industrialization in the region.

Mission: To develop a competent, dependable, innovative and creative human resource that suits dynamic, technological trends for sustainable development.

Motto: "Technology for Industrialization"

Core Values: Our core values are;

  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Confidentiality
  • Customer focus and Courtesy

Curriculum Implementation

In order to prepare adequately to achieve the Vision 2030, RVIST offers full-time and part-time courses from Certificate to Higher Diploma level. The courses are of­fered in 9 departments: Agriculture and Mechanical Engineering, Agriculture Education and Extension, Building and Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics, ICT & Computer Studies, Hospitality and Tourism, Health and Applied Sciences, Liberal Studies and Business Studies.

RVIST uses syllabi approved by the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE), Kenya Account­ants and Secretaries Board (KASNEB), City and Guilds of London, among others. The students are examined by Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), KASNEB, City and Guilds, Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT), Association of Business Ex­ecutives, ICDL, NTSA among others

Nakuru and Kericho Town Campuses

RVIST has 2 Town Campuses in Nakuru town which offer competitive courses at convenient locations to meet the needs of the clients and make training more acces­sible in line with TIVET policy. The Nakuru town campuses are located at Ndimu House and at Prestige Mall along the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway while the Kericho town campus is located at Ndege Chai Building.

RVIST Collaborations

RV­IST has established a partnership with a US institution - Delta College of Michigan State, USA. In November 2015, RVIST Hosted a team form the Delta college and celebrated the 25-year-partnership that has seen both colleges experience tremendous growth. RVIST and Delta renewed their partnership agreement and a more fruitful and successful collaboration is envisaged. We wish to thank the Delta College for the support through the donation of computers, medical equipment, textbooks, and other educational materials to the Institute.

Support by The Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology-MOHEST

RVIST would like to thank the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology for availing funds which have enabled us to construct 16 new classrooms (complete), the Library complex (on-going), science lab complex (Complete) and award­ing bursaries to our students through GOK, KESSP and HELB funds which have gone a long way to assist those who are needy. This has increased the students’ completion rate and we urge students to apply for these funds

Why Choose Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology

Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST) has two campuses offering both full-time and part-time in a wide range of courses in Higher Diploma, Diploma, Certificate as well as Tailor-made courses and Consultancies. 

These courses are designed to provide the requisite knowledge and skills to empower the youth and contribute to National Development. There are 9 admitting Departments namely;

  • Agricultural Education and Extension
  • Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering
  • Building and Civil Engineering
  • Health and Applied Sciences
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Liberal Studies
  • Hospitality and Tourism Studies
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Studies.


The Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST) was established in 1979 in Nakuru County of the then Rift Valley Province. It is located ten Kilometres west of Nakuru town along Nakuru- Njoro Road. The Institute is the brainchild of the leaders and people of Rift Valley Province led by His Excellency Hon. Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi CGH, the Second President of the Republic of Kenya who had the vision to set up an institution that would promote the advancement of education and development in the region. Through their effort they were able to mobilize funds through generous contributions from communities and people of the Province through the spirit Harambee which led to purchase of land and establishment of fully-fledged Technical Institute. The Institute has played a significant role in the education of youth contributing in creation of employment in both the public and private sector and spurred development in the region and country.

This vision is in tandem with GOK vision 2030 which is envisaged to build the capacity of Human Resource to support and realize wholistic development of the country.

H.E. D.T. Arap Moi is the Chairman and Patron of the Institute and has given support in the development of strategic plan, vision, and mission. In the past years he has presided over functions in the institute among them presiding over graduation ceremonies.

The day to day management is vested in the Board of Management under the able stewardship of Mr. Harun K. Bomet.

Currently, the Institute is established and is offering diverse courses envisaged by its founders to have a significant impact on the empowerment of the youth and contributing to national development. As of now, the Institute has grown steadily over the years and has a student population of over 5000 students, 203 academic staff and 148 nonteaching staff.

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