How can I get a verification of my Qualifications
You can verify your educational Qualifications on the National Learners` Records Database (NLRD) at the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
If you are an employer, you can also confirm the Qualifications of your employees on the database. If you check your own information, you receive the full record of what the NLRD holds concerning you. When other parties verify your information as a learner, they must give an exact query (which Qualification, Institution and date). SAQA`s response is either "found" or "not found" concerning that information only.
Information currently available on the NLRD
University achievements from 1986 to 2008 in full
Partial information from 1965 to 1985
A small amount of information from 1964 back to 1900.
Information from 2009 and 2010 is currently being loaded, and can be verified against the unaudited dataset that is held separately from the NLRD itself.
Technikon achievements from 1999 to 2005
Senior Certificate achievements from 1992 to 2010.
Achievements submitted by Education and Training Quality Assurance bodies (ETQAs).
Where can I find learnerships?
There are a few ways to find a learnership:
- Firstly, a company must be able to can provide you with employment, or at least the opportunity to get the workplace experience necessary for the learnership.
- Secondly, if you are currently employed you should speak to your company`s Skills Development Facilitator or person responsible for training to check if there are opportunities for learnerships in the company.
If you would like to do a learnership but are currently unemployed then it would be advisable to follow two routes.
Register with the Department of Labour as a South African citizen seeking a learnership.
011 309 4000
Contact the SETA Manager dealing with Learnerships directly to ask for more information with regards to finding a learnership.
How do I check if a provider is registered and accredited?
In order to check whether a provider is registered and accredited, you will need to contact the appropriate Quality Assuring Body. This will depend on the type of Qualifications being offered by the provider.
Providers offering Qualifications for schooling will need to be registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), your provincial Department of Education, and UMALUSI.
You can check their accreditation status with UMALUSI on the following link:http://www.umalusi-online.org.za/enquiries
080 87 22 22
Providers offering Higher Education Qualifications will need to register with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) or the Council on Higher Education (CHE). You will need to contact the CHE directly for a list of private providers.
012 349 3840
Providers offering FET Qualifications will need to register with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). You will need to contact DHET directly for a list of private FET Colleges:
0800 87 22 22
Providers that are offering Qualifications in the Trades and Occupations field will need to be accredited with the appropriate Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA).
What is the difference between a Qualification and a Learning programme?
What is the difference between a Qualification and a learning programme? Qualifications and Unit Standards, governed by the NSB regulations and developed by expert stakeholder groupings, prescribe the outcomes, assessment criteria and other relevant detail for learner achievement. These guide the educator/assessor with regard to what the learner needs to know, do and apply. A learning programme consists of learning and assessment activities derived from the outcomes that make up the Qualification. This is what the provider designs, based on sound educational principles (for example, learner-centredness). This manual offers a systematic way of planning learning and assessment activities that will assist the learner to achieve the desired knowledge, skills, applications and attitudes. The learning programme is really the what, the when and the how of implementation. It is about what happens in the classroom: the teaching/ learning and assessment activities associated with achieving outcomes. It is clearly the task of providers to structure exciting, challenging and innovative learning and assessment experiences for learners, while it is the job of the ETQA to consider whether providers have offered learners a fair opportunity to acquire the outcomes by monitoring the learning programme and quality assuring the learning achievement.
Where can I find places to do RPL?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be approached through either a private company that deals directly with the Qualification you want to achieve, an Institution that offers the Qualification or the Sector Education Training Authority (SETA/ETQA) that accredits the Qualification.
Where do I need to register to become a private FET College?
Where do I need to register to become a private FET College? All colleges offering a full NQF registered Qualification must be registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training and have to be accredited by Umalusi in order to be registered. FET Colleges accredited with SETAs must provide Umalusi with evidence of their accreditation in order to be referred for registration. You can contact the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) for registration of Private FET Colleges on the following numbers: 012 312 5878 012 312 5672 http://www.umalusi.org.za/ur/publications/FAQ/FAQ-FETColleges.pdf
What are the Level Descriptors?
A level descriptor is a statement of achieved cognitive competence. Level descriptors provide a description of each of the levels on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The purpose of such description is to assist a writer of Part Qualifications or Qualifications in designing a Qualification by allocating a level to a Part Qualification or a Qualification, and to formulate outcomes and criteria for assessment that could clearly indicate the level of knowledge of a learner required to successfully achieve the Part Qualification or Qualification. The NQF used to have eight levels. In 2008 the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act No 67 replaced the South African Qualifications Authority Act No 58 of 1995. The NQF Act brought changes in the education and training sector - the levels of the NQF form part of these changes. There are now 10 levels on the NQF. SAQA in agreement with the three quality councils - Umalusi, Quality Council on Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE) has developed level descriptors for the 10-level NQF.