Who’s Who?

We have previously spoken about roles and responsibilities within your companies and in this edition, we will provide you with a no-nonsense guide to easily confused role players within your training industries.

At the top of the pyramid we have SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority). SAQA is a body recognized by the law with the purpose of advancing the objectives of the NQF (National Qualifications Framework). In other words, SAQA strive to create a single combined national framework for learning achievements; provide access to education and training to ensure progression within career paths; to raise the quality of education and training as well as contributing to rectifying past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities. In essence, SAQA register qualifications on the NQF (the formal system that records the credits allocated to each level of learning achievement to ensure consistency throughout the country).

Next, we have DHET (Department of Higher Education and Training). DHET were created in 2009 with the intention of granting tertiary education and training opportunities to all South Africans in order to allow everyone the opportunity to gain further education and skills. DHET also play a critical role in overseeing universities and other post-secondary education in South Africa.

QCTO (Quality Council for Trades & Occupations). QCTO is one of three quality councils that are responsible for ensuring the quality of education and training in South Africa. Their main purpose is to oversee the design, implementation, assessment and certification of occupational qualifications (work-based learning, consisting of three components – knowledge, practical skills and work experience as well as an external summative assessment) up to level 8.

There are 21 SETA’s (Sector Education and Training Authority’s) in South Africa who are responsible for improving and developing skills within their relevant sectors, to identify skills development needs, and to ensure that national standards are maintained.

Let’s put this into perspective:

  • QCTO accredit SDPs (Skills Development Providers) who are wishing to offer occupational qualifications.
  • The QCTO has delegated quality assurance powers to the SETAs.
  • The SETAs get accredited by SAQA as an ETQA (Education and Training Quality Assurance) and then evaluate and accredit SDPs (Skills Development Providers) within their sector.
  • QCTO and SETA both report to DHET.

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