Before you register for any qualification or programme
Use the following information when considering Where to enrol and What to enrol for.
Umalusi (the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training) is an official body that accredits private providers to offer particular qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at levels 1-4.
NB: Public providers such as public schools, public adult learning centres and public FET colleges are not required to seek accreditation
Registration and Accreditation of Private Providers
To ensure that you enrol with a credible provider
These are two separate, but related processes
All private providers of education and training that offer qualifications certified by Umalusi (above) MUST be registered with the state in order to operate legally in South Africa. This means that independent schools must register with the appropriate Provincial Department of Education and private FET colleges must register with the Department of Higher Education and Training in Pretoria.
Note: An exception has been made for private providers that offer short courses and skills programmes exclusively accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) – these do not have to register.
Private providers are required to display their registration certificate publicly and you, as a prospective client, MUST ask to see the certificate of registration. The certificate of registration will include the national qualifications which the provider is registered to offer.
Private providers must be accredited either with Umalusi or another quality assurance body to offer a specific qualification. Quality assurance bodies issue letters or certificates accrediting a provider. You should check whether a provider is accredited to offer the national qualification you wish to enrol for and ask for the accreditation number.
A list of private institutions accredited by Umalusi can be found on our website at www.umalusi.org.za
If you want to check on a provider accredited by QCTO or a SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority) go to the website of the South African Qualifications Authority at www.saqa.org.za and click on the links with the various SETAs where you can access lists of accredited providers.
Qualifications offered by Private Providers
Private providers may provide a range of qualifications. These may include formal credit-bearing qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (which they must be accredited to offer), and non-formal provider programmes. Also, some institutions offer foreign programmes, which are quality assured by foreign bodies.
Students must therefore, before they enrol for a qualification, ascertain whether the qualification they are registering for, is a formal national qualification, or a non- formal provider programme.
Umalusi certifies a number of formal qualifications offered by both public and private providers and consequently accredits such providers to offer these qualifications. These are:
Qualifications and Programmes
Private providers generally offer three main types of qualifications, namely
National Qualifications are formal qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), which is a centralized register of all the nationally recognized qualifications in South Africa.
National qualifications are developed and quality assured by Quality Councils, namely Umalusi, the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), under which all the SETAs fall. National qualifications carry national credits and are certificated by the Quality Councils and in the case of higher education by universities, but NOT by a provider. Examples of such qualifications are:
There are many such qualifications registered on the NQF.
NB: To check whether a qualification is registered on the NQF go to the website of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) at www.saqa.org.za
Please keep the following in mind before you enrol for a National Qualification:
Please remember: it is not illegal to offer agent qualification, providing the provider is licensed to offer them by a foreign awarding body or a professional body and the provider is registered with the Department of Education.CHE: Council for Higher Education – the ETQA that accredits and quality assures higher education providers and qualifications such as universities and other higher education providers
FET:Further Education and Training – refers to a level on the NQF from NQF 2-4 (Grades 10-12)
NQF:National Qualifications Framework – a list of nationally recognised qualifications at different levels of the system namely general education; further education and higher education Certificate: National Technical Certificates N1-N3 – qualification offered in FET colleges but being phased out
NCV:National Certificate Vocational – new vocational qualification developed by the Department of Education to replace the National Technical Certificate
QCTO:Quality Council for Trades and Occupations
SAQA:South African Qualifications Authority – the body established to oversee the establishment and maintenance of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
SETA:Sector Education and Training Authority – every industrial sector in South Africa has a SETA that ensures that training for the sector is funded and delivered in terms of the Skill Development Act. More recently, with the establishment of the QCTO, the quality assurance function previously located in SETAs, has been relocated to QCTO.