The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is the official body that oversees the
development of the National Qualification Framework (NQF) in South Africa. The NQF is the system we use to determine different levels of academic achievement.
Registered training institutions offer programmes that provide specific, quality outcomes. Doing a registered course also means that your qualification will be recognized by employers, in South Africa as well as other countries.
What we are finding is that South Africa acknowledges the need for further training and allocates huge amounts of funding to colleges. This can be problematic for students when the funding goes to institutions that have not registered. Or whose qualifications are not aligned with the NQF.
During a recent recruitment campaign, we found that four of the seven applicants had
qualifications with no value. Unfortunately, those families had wasted their money.
To prevent this from happening to you, you should make sure of the following:
- Check that the institution you are interested in is registered. If they are, they should have a registration number. You can verify this online here.
- Check that the course you want to study is aligned with the NQF. Don’t assume that all courses offered by a registered institution are accredited. This is not always the case.
When planning your tertiary education, make sure that what you choose to study is aligned with the NQF. If you don’t, you run the risk of spending time and money on a qualification that does not add value to your life.