Vision, Mission
& Values

A world-class National Qualifications Framework that works for the people in South Africa.

NQF History
& Objectives

The NQF traces its origins back to the labour movement of the early 1970s.

Board &

The Board maintains overall responsibility of the organisation and delegates some of its work to various committees.

What is the South African
Qualifications Authority?

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is the oversight body of the NQF and the custodian of its values and quality character. The role of SAQA, as stipulated in the NQF Act, is to advance the objectives of the NQF, oversee the further development and implementation of the NQF, and co-ordinate the Sub-Frameworks. SAQA’s functions are set out in section 13 of the NQF Act.


Registration of Qualifications & Part Qualifications

A part-qualification means an assessed unit of learning that is registered as part of a qualification.

Verification of SA Qualifications

This service is to verify South African Qualification Achievements.

Recognition of Professional Bodies

SAQA is responsible for the recognition of professional bodies and registration of professional designations for the purposes of the NQF Act, no 67 of 2008.

Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications

The purpose of the evaluation function is the recognition of foreign qualifications in terms of the South African National Qualifications Framework.

NQF MIS Incorporating the NLRD

The National Learners' Records Database (NLRD) is the management information system of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

Confirmation of Private Higher Education Institution Qualifications

Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions (Guide APX-03).


The HR e-Recruitment software application provides SAQA with an automated recruitment, selection and appointment capability that contributes to reduced cost and time to the job applicants, while enhancing the overall quality process and standards in our recruitment.

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This SAQA Bulletin (Volume 21, Number 1, 2023) is entitled ‘Spotlighting SAQA Research’ and focuses on research conducted by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to guide the implementation and further development of the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) from various perspectives #SAQABulletinThe bulletin comprises eight papers categorized into three themes: (1) Professional Bodies and the South African NQF; (2) Articulation and Integration; and (3) Benchmarking the South African NQF.Themes and Papers:Professional Bodies and the South African NQF:Paper 1: Roles, Responsibilities and the Value of Professional Bodies in the Context of the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) #SAQABulletinPaper 2: Towards Understanding the Professional Designation Systems of South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)-recognised Professional Bodies #SAQABulletinPaper 3: Implementing the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in South African Professional Bodies: Excerpts from the 2021 National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Impact Study #SAQABulletinPaper 4: The Importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Professional Bodies #SAQABulletinArticulation and Integration:Paper 5: Duplication and Conflicts in South African Legislation in the Context of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act #SAQABulletinPaper 6: Articulation Analysis of the National Certificate: Vocational Qualifications and National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED) N3 Programmes – 2010 to 2021 #SAQABulletinBenchmarking the South African NQF:Paper 7: National Qualifications Frameworks GloballyPaper 8: Professional Bodies in NQF Systems: An Exploratory Benchmarking StudyThe hope is that this volume will elicit further discussions and readers will find inspiration and reflect on the implications of SAQA’s research for their respective contexts #SAQABulletinDownload Link: ... See MoreSee Less
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The South African delegation at the ACQF II in Maputo, Mozambique, led by the CEO of SAQA with Hon. Minister in charge of vocational training and trades in the DRC Antoinette Kipulu Kabenga.The Minister made a presentation around the recommendations of the First TVET Round Table that was held in Kinshasa, DRC on 10 - 14 November 2023, where SAQA participated actively. ... See MoreSee Less
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Nadia Starr, CEO of SAQA is the keynote speaker at the African Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF) conference taking place currently in Maputo, Mozambique. Her keynote theme is "Are qualifications systems ready to embrace and enable change in society, learning and work?"The annual conference is part of the ACQF Capacity Building - Making Qualifications Framework operational in a changing world. In her theme, Nadia argues :1. Context matters2. NQFs are not static3. Are qualifications systems ready?she continues, - Qualifications systems are dynamic and change should be embraced. #ACQF #KnowyourNQF #NadiaStarr ... See MoreSee Less
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SAQA's Authentication Services organized a training workshop on Qualification Evaluation for the Namibian Qualifications Authority (NQA) from 27 November - 01 December 2023. ... See MoreSee Less
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