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    QCTO Accreditation

    QCTO Accreditation

    Accreditation of Skills Development Providers 

    The QCTO is responsible for the accreditation of Skills Development Providers (SDPs)

    The QCTO accredits SDPs to offer the following programmes and qualifications that falls under the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF):

    • N4-N6 programmes (NATED  Report 191);
    • Old trades; and
    • Occupational qualifications.

    N4-N6 Programmes 

    The prospective SDP files an application for accreditation by contacting the QCTO. The application is then referred to the accreditation agent for processing.

    Old trades 

    The National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) acts as the accreditation agent for old trades. NAMB recommends the accreditation of SDPs in the form of audit report.

    Occupational qualifications 

    The application for accreditation to offer occupation qualifications undergoes the following process:

    • SDP applies directly with the QCTO;
    • The QCTO processes an application;
    • Verifies are dispatched to conduct site visits; and
    • The QCTO communicates the outcome of the application to the applicant.


    SETA Accreditation is the certification, usually for a certain period of time of a body or an institution, as having the capacity to fulfill a particular function within the quality assurance system set up by SAQA in terms of the SAQA Act, 1995 through the different SETA bodies. SAQA accredits all Education and Training Quality Assurance bodies  also known as SETA bodies (ETQA’s) who in turn accredit Education and Training Providers to be SETA Accredited.

    There are a number of advantages of becoming an SETA Accredited Training Provider, including that the overall quality of education and training provision in South African is raised and maintained at a consistently high level, although the SETA Accreditation process can be very costly and long. This means that the clients who use the services of that Education and Training Provider who is SETA Accredited can be sure that the Training Provider complies with the required standards for learning and assessment services. It also means that all learners can be assured of a quality learning experience and that the credits and qualifications they achieve through the education and training service will be nationally and internationally recognized, due to the SETA Accreditation process.

    In addition, only SETA Accredited Education and Training Providers are able to deliver education and training that leads to nationally registered Unit Standards and Qualifications. SETA Accreditation therefore provides Education and Training Providers with a valuable tool with which they can market their services to potential clients.

    ETDP SETA Accreditation Number: ETDP10687

    Download our ETDP SETA Accreditation Letter update 2017

    Download our PSETA Programme Approval letter update 2017 

    Download our PSETA Programme Approval letter 2017

    Accreditation Number:  ETDP10687

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    We often have questions regarding Accreditation:

    • What does it really mean?
    • How can I confirm that someone or something is accredited?

    This falls into two different categories, namely a) provider accreditation  b) programme accreditation.

    These are two totally different processes, meaning that a Training Provider must be Accredited with one of the ETQA’s (SETA’s) and each programme they use must carry its own accreditation.

    “Provider accreditation can only be with one SETA, but they have the approval to train different programmes in different SETA’s. These programmes has been approved by the relevant SETA who gave them the approval to train these programmes”

    Lets see what SAQA say about Training Provider Accreditation:

    A body may be accredited as a provider by an Education and Training Quality Assurance Body whose primary focus coincides with the primary focus of the provider, provided that the body seeking accreditation –

    (a) is registered as a provider in terms of the applicable legislation at the time of application for accreditation;

    (b) has a quality management system which includes but is not limited to –

    (i) quality management policies which define that which the provider wishes to achieve;

    (ii) quality management procedures which enable the provider to practise its defined quality management policies; or

    (iii) review mechanisms which ensure that the quality management policies and procedures defined are applied and remain effective;

    (c) is able to develop, deliver and evaluate learning programmes which culminate in specified registered standards or qualifications;

    (d) has the –

    (i) necessary financial, administrative and physical resources;

    (ii) policies and practices for staff selection, appraisal and development;

    (iii) policies and practices for learner entry, guidance and support systems;

    (iv) policies and practices for the management of off-site practical or work-site components where appropriate;

    (v) policies and practices for the management of assessment which include appeals systems;

    (vi) necessary reporting procedures; and

    (vii) the ability to achieve the desired outcomes, using available resources and procedures considered by the Education and Training Quality Assurance Body to be needed to develop, deliver and evaluate learning programmes which culminate in specified registered standards or qualifications contemplated in paragraph (c); and

    (e) has not already been granted accreditation by or applied for accreditation to another Education and Training Quality Assurance Body contemplated in Regulation 2 of the ETQA Regulations.

    So how can I check if a Training Provider is accredited?

    Firstly we must understand/use the correct terminology. There is a big difference between “Accredited Programmes” and “NQF Accredited Programmes”.



    Accreditation / Accredited is a process in which certification of competency, authority, or credibility is presented. In most cases by a higher authority. Nowhere does it mention SETA, SAQA or NQF! The terms “higher authority” can also mean your Head Office.
    NQF Accredited is stipulated in the SAQA and the Skills Development ACT as SETA / NQF Accredited courses. You cannot use these terms if you do not have an approval letter from the relevant ETQA (SETA) for the specific programme. There is also a big difference between “Unit Standard Aligned” and “NQF Accredited”. Question: Why would I want to offer “Unit Standard Aligned” programmes and don’t use the words “NQF Accredited”? Makes you think. Most companies use this as a “sales technique” to sell their course to learners.

    How to confirm that a Training Provider or Programme is accredited?

    Here are some guidelines on this process:

    1. You can ask for their Accreditation Number or Certificate from the SETA. They should also have this on their website or programme correspondence including manuals. Most of the SETA’s do not allow the use of their logos on Websites, Emails or Learning Programmes. Don’t be fooled with a SETA logo!
    2. Contact the relevant SETA (ETQA) directly (click here for a full list of contact details). These SETAS approved the Training Providers and Training Programmes, so why not ask them directly? Alternative you can also check on the SAQA website on this link by confirming the providers name at the bottom of the unit standard or qualification. We had several reports in the past where this information was not 100% correct, so once again, rather check with the relevant SETA directly.
    3. Contact the local SETA and ask for any feedback from the Training Provider. (Did they receive any serious complaints about the provider in the past?)
    4. Ask for referrals directly from the Training Provider.
    5. What is the process or duration till I receive my Final Certificate?
    6. Ask about their supporting structure and possible re-assessment fees.
        • Do they provide ongoing support?
        • Do they ask for “registration fees” that is normally used as commission for the middle man between you and the provider?
        • Do they make mention of their supporting structure on their website or communication?
        • Do they make mention of their fee structure on their website or communication?

    (It’s always easy to change the terms and conditions  if you haven’t confirmed this in writing)

    So what are my rights?

    Looking at the above criteria it is clear that the SETA / NQF Accredited Training Provider must have all the required documentation, processes and supporting structures in place. Not providing the necessary support during the learning process must be reported directly to SAQA or the relevant ETQA (SETA).

    After all, it is one of the key criteria provided by SAQA for Provider Accreditation.


    Proposal for the New National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) landscape

    “Proposal for the New National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) landscape within the context of an Integrated and Differentiated Post-School Education and Training System (NSLP-2015)”

    The DHET – Department of Higher Education and Training has called for public comments on the future of skills development in South Africa. Minister Blade Nzimande has released his proposals for the Setas and members of the public and interested organisations have until 20th January 2016 to submit their comments.

    The proposals is that the Setas would be renamed and re-purposed so that they would become departments of the national Department of Higher Education and Training and renamed as Sector Education and Training Advisory Boards. It is also proposted that instead of their current 5-year life spans as determined by the relevant Minister, the proposal is that these Setabs (!) would be permanent structures.

    This new move could suggest that DHET have more power over the SETA’s having questions over the future role of SAQA and the QCTO. One of the other major benefits for DHET would be to have more control over the Skills Levies Fund that could result in major issues for the private sector including skills training on lower levels, also the future of private FET colleges and Training Providers.

    During 2013 with the amendment of the Skills Act the allocation of funds to levy paying organisations was reduced from 60% to 20% that resulted in an estimated 40% drop in training statistics between the SETA’s in South Africa. This year, DHET excluded annual training statistics from the different SETA’s in the DHET annual report. Why? Is this part of a cover-up process or a simple strategic move to change the allocation of the Skills Levies Fund to other priorities.

    Another change in the 2013 Skills Development Act allowed the DHET to allocate more funds paid by the private sector to Universities and FET’s. Would this last move from DHET mean that Skills Development South Africa especially in the private sector would come to a total stand-still?

    Readers can download a copy of this document below.