Volume 5: No. 3
Use of the SAQA trademarks
The SAQA name and logo as selected for the Authority in 1995, have come to mean a great deal to the entire education and training system. They are intended to be internationally recognised and have been instrumental in furthering worldwide recognition of the South African Qualifications Authority. The word "SAQA" is part of the trade name of the South African Qualifications Authority and the SAQA logo "Q" is part of our corporate image.
A number of education and Training institutions are making unauthorised use of the SAQA trademarks. SAQA has finalised a policy on the Acceptable use of the SAQA Trademarks, including its logo. Furthermore, in order to provide some protection for the identity of the SAQA trademarks and logo, they have been officially lodged with the Registrar of Patents and Trademarks for registration in South Africa and internationally.
Included in the list of our lodged trademarks are the following:
- South African Qualifications Authority
- South African Qualifications Authority together with the Q device
- National Qualifications Framework
- National Learners' Records Database
It is incumbent upon all potential users to observe the following:
- The provider must apply or forward a request to its relevant Education Training and Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) or to SAQA, to use the SAQA logo, and indicate the purpose for which it wishes to do so.
- The provider should indicate the ETQA by which it has been accredited, as well as the period of accreditation.
- The provider must abide by any additional requirements that its ETQA has set in place for the use of the SAQA logo.
- The provider must be committed to advancing the principles of the NQF.
- The provider may only use the SAQA logo for advertising qualifications:
- That are registered on the NQF
- For which it has been accredited by an ETQA and
- If it has been registered by the Department of Education.
- Before SAQA can allow an organisation/provider to use its logo, the following documents need to be submitted:
- Application letter to the Executive Officer of SAQA, requesting permission to use the logo;
- A letter/certificate of accreditation from the accrediting ETQA;
- The qualifications and/or unit standards which the organisation has been accredited to provide and a written commitment to abide by the Policy for acceptable usage of the SAQA logo
All organisations are urged to cease using the SAQA logo with immediate effect until such time as formal authorisation has been granted. SAQA is willing to allow a period of 14 days within which to rectify this matter. We trust that SAQA can rely on your co-operation in this matter and that it will not be necessary for us to initiate the legal options available to us.
See the policy: Acceptable use of the SAQA Trademarks
Should you have any queries, please contact the Directorate: Quality Assurance and Development (attention Mr. GeevaPillay, 012 482 0878 or fax 012 482 0905/0817, or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hitting the ground running
Monday 6 May 2002 saw the release of the much heralded and long awaited report of the Ministerial Study Team on the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The Directorate: Standards Setting and Development (DSSD) has already issued a statement welcoming the report and promising vigorous engagement surrounding the document.
In a letter to the members of NSBs, the director of DSSD, Joe Samuels, asserts "DSSD will assume its leadership role in developing, facilitating and co-ordinating a process of constructive engagement." A presentation to NSB 11 at their plenary meeting was the beginning of the process of engagement.
The mood within the Directorate has been upbeat following the anxiety of trying to anticipate the likely content of the report. It seems clear from the report that the NQF, and, by extension, SAQA, is firmly embedded in the nation's consciousness. Staff foresee an expanded role for the DSSD.
Internally, the director will hold a briefing session for DSSD staff while the Deputy Director - Standards Setting Division will lead an interactive forum on the17th May for NSB co-ordinators.
The message as always is that SAQA means quality standards and this message needs to be the driven home at every opportunity.
An integrated approach to Standards Setting
Towards the end of last year (2001), the Directorate Standards Setting and Development outlined a strategy for integrating the review of Interim Registered Qualifications, Recorded Short Courses and the generation of new Standards and Qualifications. These are the pressure points of the Standards Setting system at the moment because of the demanding timelines around them.
In order to capture all existing qualifications, SAQA at its inception, put in place a registration process. Qualifications were submitted by Institutions, adjusted by SAQA to meet its Outcomes Based Education (OBE) criteria and then registered on the NQF. This capture of existing qualifications was termed Interim Registration. In June 2003, all the Interim Registered Qualifications will need to have been reviewed.
Meanwhile there is a need for the continuing generation of unit standards and qualifications. The DSSD strategy involves combining this process with the reviews of both the Interim Registered Qualifications and the content of SAQA's short course database - an elegant concept.
Beyond the concept there needs to be a clear, tried and tested implementation model. This is currently being developed through pilot projects, chosen for their diversity. The three areas are IT, Generic Management and Life Skills. The thinking was driven both by necessity and the need to develop the process in widely differing fields. Information regarding process can be obtained from theco-ordinators of NSBs 10, 03 and 07.
Recognition of prior learning
In the National Standards Bodies Regulations (No 18787 of 28 March 1998), recognition of prior learning(RPL) is described as follows:
"Recognition of prior learning means the comparison of the previous learning and experience of a learner howsoever obtained against the learning outcomes required for a specified qualification, and the acceptance for purposes of qualifications of that which meets the requirements."
The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has, over the last months, together with its stakeholders, developed a policy, which will facilitate the implementation of RPL. This policy is intended as an enabling mechanism whereby providers of education and training can develop and implement RPL systems. The draft policy was submitted to the Authority meeting of 12 June 2002, and was approved at this meeting.
Organisations wanting to develop and initiate RPL may contact SAQA for the policy, or phone Ms Ronel Heyns at 012 482 0865 or email@example.com. The policy will also be available on the website shortly.
Education and training quality assurance bodies (ETQAs) are responsible for accrediting providers of education and training with whom they share a primary focus. This includes providers of short courses. However, in many cases the unit standards or part qualifications, against which short course providers will benchmark their programmes, have not yet been registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). For this reason, ETQAs are putting in place interim measures to deal with the quality assurance of such providers. Short course providers must contact the relevant ETQA to enquire about the accreditation and/or interim quality assurance processes. Providers can be accredited by only one ETQA, so it is important to determine with which ETQA the primary focus is shared.
The contact details for the ETQAs are as follows:
|(011) 805 9661 || |
|(011) 726 4026 || |
|(031) 702 4482 || |
Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather
|(011) 265 5900 || |
|(012) 663 6983 || |
Diplomacy, Intelligence, Defence and Trade and Industry
|(011) 807 5621 || |
Education, Training and Development
|(011) 838 0117 || |
|(011) 476 8570 || |
Financial and Accounting Services
|(011) 802 1211 || |
Food and Beverages
|(011) 712 0600 || |
|(011) 622 6852 || |
Health and Welfare
|(011) 805 5115 || |
Information systems, Electronics and Telecommunication technologies
|(011) 484 0722 || |
|(011) 456 8579 || |
Local government, Water and related services
|(021) 949 1463 || |
Media, Advertising, Publishing, Printing and Packaging
|(011) 403 7946 || |
|(011) 492 1533 || |
Manufacturing, Engineering and related services
|(011) 805 0071 || |
Police, Private security, Legal and Correctional Services
|(012) 325 1655 || |
|(012) 314 7208 || |
|(012) 365 2827 || |
|(011) 482 1520 || |
|(011) 803 6010 || |
Tourism and Hospitality
|(011) 781 1280 || |
|(012) 452 9200 || |
Wholesale and Retail
|(012) 392 9100 || |
Council for Higher Education
|(012) 420 1000 || |
South African Nursing Council
|(012) 337 5601 || |
Security Officers Board
|(011) 789 7562 || |
Professional Accreditation Board for Health and Skincare
|(011) 496 1068 || |
South African Institute of Materials Handling
|(011) 622 6655 || |
South African Institute for Chartered Accountants
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