To become the best Automotive Training Institute in South Asia.


Systematically develop the technology related to Automobile and other technical trades and to provide training to students to be appropriately equipped to perform at the highest level of acceptance and there by maintain the standard as the centre of excellence for training in the Automotive sector of Sri Lanka.


The Ceylon-German Technical Training Institute (CGTTI) is the foremost institute in Sri Lanka for the training of skilled technicians in the field of Automobile Engineering and allied trades. The institute was originally established in 1959 at the premises of the central workshops of the Transport Board of Sri Lanka at Werahera. This was a result of an agreement made in 1958 between the government of Federal Republic of Germany and Sri Lanka to supply training assistance in the maintenance of bus fleet, which belonged to the Transport Board of Sri Lanka (then Ceylon Transport Board - CTB).

The Institute was shifted to Moratuwa in 1974. It was originally organized and managed by a German director and his German staff till February 29th, 1976. Then its management was handed over to a Sri Lanka, Director/Principal and local staff. The CGTTI was coming under the Ministry of Transport till April 2004. in 2004 this Institute was handed over to the Ministry of Skills Development Vocational and Technical Education. From November 2005 CGTTI was handed over to the Ministry of Skills Development and Public Enterprise Reforms. After that CGTTI was handed over to the Presidential Secretariat. From November 2007 this Institute was handed over to the Ministry of Transport. Presently CGTTI is coming under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development.

Nature of Training

Full time day courses covers the following trades under the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) training scheme and the duration of which is given against each course:

Automobile Mechanic 4 years
Millwright Fitter 4 years
Electrician (Maintenance) 3 ½ years
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 3 ½ years
Machinist (General) 3 ½ years
Diesel Mechanic 3 years
Electrician (Automobile) 3 years
Welder 3 years
Motor Vehicle Body Repair & Painter 3 years

All training courses consist of 80% practicals in workshops and laboratories and 20% theory in classrooms. All full time day courses are of three to four year durations.

The Part-Time Training Scheme functions as an additional training activity for private sector employees and school leavers at the institute after normal working hours. Thirty seven short- term courses are conducted during evenings and weekends under this scheme. Fees are levied from the participants for these part-time courses.

Special Courses

CGTTI is conducting daytime Special training courses customized according to the requirement of the customer. Both private sector and public sector organizations get their technical staff trained through this training programme.

Few of our regular customers are Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Air force, Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lankan Air Lines, Asian Aviation Center (Pvt) Ltd, Skyline Aeronautical Engineering (Pvt) Ltd., Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, Laugfs Holdings Ltd. Etc.,

For further details contact Chief Training Engineer under Contact Details of this website.

Evaluation and Final Test

The full-time trainees will sit for the Final Trade Test at the end of the period of training. The evaluation and testing will be carried out by CGTTI and NAITA, and certificates are conferred by both the institutions as required by legislation.

The part-time trainees will have to face a written and practical test at the end of their courses.