SAQA to publicise list of fake qualification owners

SAQA to publicise list of fake qualification owners

A national register with the names of those who have bogus qualifications has been compiled and now the Higher Education department is looking into laying charges against those who appear on the list.

Last year, Minister Blade Nzimande tasked the department’s director-general with putting together the list  in conjunction with the South African Qualifications Authority.

Currently SAQA is still busy investigating public servants in an effort to verify their qualifications.

Once they have completed all legalities regarding the register, it will be made public.

“In government, out of 80% of people who have been checked it’s about 2% who have been found already having fake qualifications and there’s a process in dealing with that. That register is going to be availed by SAQA, everyone can be able to access it for purposes of ensuring that you don’t re-employ those people in any other sector so long as they are part of this,” – Khaye Nkwanyana.

Nkwanyana said they will make an announcement on how many people will be prosecuted for having produced fake qualifications for jobs at a later stage.


Questions you should ask before enrolling in any programme.

  • Do they have a valid website or do they change their trading name every two months?
  • Do they make use of free email accounts like gmail or yahoo?
  • Do they offer land line numbers or only disposable mobile numbers?
  • How do you trace a company that do not have proper references or contact details? If they do, then use Google Maps or at least make a effort to confirm the details.
  • Do they mention their accreditation details including the SETA’s name?
  • Do they make reference to Unit Standards, Credits, NQF or outcomes on their course detail?
  • Do they use legislated terms like “SETA Accredited” or “NQF Accredited” on their website or correspondence?
  • The word “Accredited” does not mean it’s SETA/SAQA approved. It simply mean that is was approved by an higher authority – nowhere does it mention the words SETA, NQF or SAQA.
  • Good practice to make proper references on your website for your accreditation or the offering of SETA accredited programmes.
  • Contact the SETA directly and ask for referrals or confirmation of accreditation.
  • Enrollment fees and why?
  • What is their refund, cancellations or change in training schedules policy?
  • Most of the time the enrollment fees are absorbed by a third party who pocket this as his commission. Question: Why working through a third party if you can book direct? This is not always the case, but you should still query this.
  • Do they have any fee structure in place for additional support or re-assessments?
  • What supporting structure do they offer?
  • Any references? (Previous students or client list)
  • What is the maximum period to submit your POE?
  • How long will it take to get my final Certificate?
  • Do you have this in writing? Do they mention this on their website or communication?
  • Some providers ask up to R450 for re-assessment or additional consultation (support).
  • Is it the correct unit standard or programme?
  • Is the unit standard even valid?
  • Example: Many providers offer “TRAIN THE TRAINER” programme, some much cheaper than others. Some might be on a NQF 2, 3, 4 or 5 level.  When you read the outcomes you discover its targeted at presentation skills or ABET trainers, but the LABEL STATES: Train the Trainer. You can also google the unit standard number to confirm this.


  • Do your own research and find out what accreditation mean?
  • Contact any of the local companies and ask them for advice on the required qualifications or certificates needed for specific jobs.
  • Contact your local SETA office and ask for advice. They will also be able to provide feedback on the performance of the Training Provider.


Log a complaint with your local SETA if you don’t get the SERVICE or SUPPORT! One of the key legs of accreditation is based on “LEARNER SUPPORT”! If you don’t get a proper response then contact direct with copies/detail of your previous correspondence that will definitely investigate and act on it. Just make sure that you always note the names and contact details during this process, but DON’T GIVE UP! There is always hope.

are you ready to get SETA accredited?