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 &
Management

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.

Services

Registration of Qualifications & Part Qualifications

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

This service is to verify South African Qualification Achievements.
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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.
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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.
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NQF MIS Incorporating the NLRD

The National Learners' Records Database (NLRD) is the management information system of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
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Confirmation of Private Higher Education Institution Qualifications

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

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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Exciting News! 🎉The Malawi National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) is attending a series of pivotal meetings in South Africa this week! From May 13th to 16th, our delegates will engage with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), Council on Higher Education (CHE), Umalusi, and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO). These discussions will focus on enhancing educational frameworks, quality assurance, and accreditation processes. This collaboration aims to strengthen our educational policies and promote excellence across borders. Let's foster international cooperation and drive educational excellence together! #ncheinsa #saqa #che #Umalusi #QCTO #highereducation #GlobalCollaboration #EducationalExcellence ... See MoreSee Less
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The Department of Basic Education (DBE) in collaboration with the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are hosting the NCW event on the 13-14 May 2024 at the Tshwane South TVET college, Pretoria - Atteridgeville Campus.The focus of the 2024 NCW for DBE will be to advocate and promote the implementation of the Three Streams Model (TSM), in particular the General Education Certificate (GEC) in accordance with the Approved TSM Business Plan specific objective, to diversify the basic education curriculum which offers learners a greater range of choices in the selection of learning pathways within the academic, vocational, and occupationally oriented schooling streams to pursue their education based on their abilities, aptitudes and interests. Also, to encourage the linking of careers’ content into the curriculum across all subjects.SAQA's NQF Information Centre (NIC) joined the event today to share its Services and NQF Information to Grade 8 - 11 Learners. The event will be hosted for two days where 1200 learners will receive information from the different NQF Partners/Stakeholders. ... See MoreSee Less
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SAQA hosted a productive CEO brunch with leaders from across the regulatory bodies within the countries in the SADC region, focused on enhancing educational collaboration and qualification recognition. Key action points were established to propel our goals forward. Excited for what lies ahead as we strengthen regional ties and elevate educational standards together. Stay tuned for more updates and a full summary on our platforms! Here are some wonderful pics from the event. #saqa #SADC #QCTO #NQF #taicep #GDN Nadia Starr Makhapa Makhafola ... See MoreSee Less
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Unleashing Potential at Every Turn! The 5th Validation of Prior Learning Biennale is underway in the historic city of Kilkenny, Ireland, from May 6-8, 2024!The Conference theme, "People, Validation, and Power: Democracy in Action," invites a deep dive into how validation can democratise learning and amplify untapped talents in the workforce and society. Dr. Makhapa Makhafola and Dr. Heidi Bolton from SAQA are there, sharing insights from South Africa's journey in VPL. Their presentations are sparking conversations and inspiring action! Hear! Hear! The SAQA team was also invited to engage in a podcast regarding South Africa’s experience in prior learning. #VPLBiennale2024 #LearningDemocracy #KilkennyConference ... See MoreSee Less
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