As Skills Development Providers (SDPs) the road to success is often paved in Accreditation jargon, acronyms, terms and definitions as well as ever changing processes and procedures. We empathise that often your clients and/or learners will ask you to train Accredited training prior to you receiving your Accreditation Report as they won’t necessarily understand your journey with your SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority) or QCTO (Quality Council For Trades & Occupations).
Whilst you navigate your way around a minefield of SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) requirements not to mention the various Acts that you are required to abide by, the temptation to offer accredited training whilst awaiting your Accreditation Report may be hard to resist.
At JTandA, we are enthusiastic about finding simplicity out of clutter and therefore we ask that you fill up your coffee cup and consider possible implications when temptation knocks.
Recent changes to the NQF Act (National Qualifications Framework Act), (Act 12 of 2019) has resulted in SAQA being granted the authority to question the validity of educational programs offered by public and private education and training institutions (Amendment of section 13 of Act 67 of 2008, as amended by section 12 of Act 26 of 2010 and section 12 of Act 23 of 2012) and subsequently to explore solutions for those learners whom have received qualifications illegally.
To sum things up:
Any Skills Development Provider offering any education and training programme that awards learners credits towards a qualification or part-qualification, must be registered by the relevant Department as a private education institution or Skills Development Provider and accredited by the relevant Quality Council (QC).
Amendment of section 3 of Act 67 of 2008, as amended by section 9 of Act 26 of 2010
- Should SAQA identify that a qualification or
part qualification is found to be inauthentic, SAQA must:
- Notify the learner holding the qualification or part qualification;
- Record their findings in the register of misrepresented qualifications and part-qualifications or fraudulent qualifications and part-qualifications;
- Notify the learner that their particulars will be placed in the register of misrepresented qualifications and part-qualifications or fraudulent qualifications and part-qualifications.
Amendment of section 13 of Act 67 of 2008, as amended by section 12 of Act 26 of 2010 and section 12 of Act 23 of 2012
- Should SAQA identify that a Skills Development Provider be guilty of making false entries in the National Learners’ Records Database (NLRD); claims to be offering a qualification or part qualification registered on the NQF (National Qualification Framework) whereas that qualification or part qualification is not so registered or alternatively falsely claims to be registered and accredited as an education institution; however is not, may be fined and/or imprisoned.
Insertion of sections 32A and 32B in Act 67 of 2008
For those Skills Development Providers that find themselves in any of the three categories above, APPETD (Association of Private Providers of Education, Training and Development) are currently embarking on a joint venture with SAQA to explore reasonable and practical solutions to the above challenges. Complete the survey by following this link https://forms.gle/Hdfe2zjcoaNR7CpX7
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