About SAQA


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, which, in summary, mandates SAQA to:

  • Oversee NQF implementation and collaborate with the Quality Councils
  • Develop and implement NQF policies and criteria
  • Register qualifications and part-qualifications on the NQF
  • Recognise professional bodies and register professional designations
  • Undertake research and collaborate with international counterparts
  • Maintain the National Learners’ Records Database
  • Provide an evaluation and advisory service with respect to foreign qualifications
  • Inform the public about the NQF
  • Provide advice to the Minister of Higher Education and Training


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


To oversee the further development and implementation of the National Qualifications Framework, and advance its objectives which contribute to the full development of each lifelong learner and the social and economic development of the nation at large.


  • Social and Economic Transformation
  • Integration
  • High Energy and Corporate Vibrancy
  • Quality Service
  • Integrity
  • Quality Qualifications
  • Environmental Sustainability

NQF History and Objectives

The objectives of the NQF as outlined in the NQF Act No 67 of 2008 are to:

  • Create a single integrated national framework for learning achievements
  • Facilitate access to, and mobility and progression within, education, training and career paths
  • Enhance the quality of education and training
  • Accelerate the redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities

Board & Management

Board & Management

Appointed by the Minister: Higher Education, Science and Innovation, the Board maintains overall responsibility of the organisation and delegates some of its work to various committees.

Office of the CEO

The Office of the CEO comprises the Business Development and Stakeholders sub-unit, which is responsible for international initiatives and growing SAQA’s international footprint.

Office of the COO

This division is responsible for directing and ensuring the implementation of the NQF Operations strategy and it contributes to the overall SAQA Strategy and plays a key role in shaping the future of the organisation.

Office of the CFO

This division provides strategic leadership to Finance, Supply Chain Management, Information and Communications Technology as well as Facilities Management.