College Accreditation

College Accreditation

For a college qualification to be recognised by companies, organisations, and employers, the college should hold an accreditation certificate issued by an accreditation body.

Accreditation bodies have specific rules and standards that colleges need to agree, and adhere to, to get accredited.

Essential Components of College Accreditation

The essential component of a college’s accreditation is that it has to be registered with the Department of Education (DoE). If you are considering enrolling for a college course, ensure that the college is in fact registered with the Department of Education (DoE) before you pay your registration fees. You do not want to study a course that is not recognised (better safe than sorry).

We also recommend that you visit the excellent consumer website, Hello Peter. If you do research, you will soon see that there are compliments about great colleges and complaints about colleges that are bad and not accredited.  

If you are serious about your studies, you need to make sure that the college you register with, has the proper accreditation status.

How to check if a college is registered and accredited?

1. Head on over to the Department of Education website to see whether the college is listed there.

2. Alternatively, you can email: to find out about a college and their status.

The final component of a college’s accreditation has to do with the fact that Umalusi has to verify the college’s accreditation. You can contact Umalusi on the following details:

Telephone: +27 (012) 349 1510

Fax: +27 (012) 349 1511 (by unit)


In South Africa, one such accreditation is awarded by SANAS – the South African National Accreditation System. SANAS looks at the qualifications of the lecturers (did they study to teach FET, and what did they qualify in), the quality of the institution and services they offer (admin, financial support, etc.), the textbooks they use and base their lectures on (the content and accuracy of it). They also check the quality of the laboratories and facilities.

From there on, there are numerous accreditation bodies responsible for accrediting specific courses offered by a college. Each sector or industry in SA has a SETA (Sector Educational and Training Authority) that acts as an accreditation body, for example, FASSET. FASSET is the SETA for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services. International accreditation bodies can also accredit specific courses offered by colleges.

Accreditation is essential for education, and that’s why all universities are accredited. They HAVE to meet local standards since most universities are internationally accredited too. SANAS and the DHET award and accredit universities based on international standards. This is to ensure that all higher learning institutions offer qualifications that are of the same level.  

Below are some accreditation bodies that are part of SETA:

      Tel: (012) 301 5600

      Tel: (011) 805 9661

      Tel: (011) 217 0600

     Tel: (011) 265 5900

     Tel: (012) 349 3840

    Tel: (011) 628 7000

     Tel: (011) 274 4700

     Tel: (076) 763 3114

     Tel: (011) 476 8570

     Tel: (011) 403 1700

     Tel: (011) 253 7300

     Tel: (012) 338 9300 

     Tel: (011) 607 6900

     Tel: (011) 381 8900

     Tel: (011) 456 8579

     Tel: (010) 219 3000

     Tel: (011) 207 2600

     Tel: (011) 547 2600

     Tel: 082 596 5847

     Tel: (012) 423 5700/5736

    Tel: (011) 045 5400

    Tel: (011) 621 6600

    Tel: (012) 420 1000

   Tel: (012) 321 1492

   Tel: (011) 087 5555

   Tel: (011) 276 9600

   Tel: (011) 781 1280

   Tel: (012) 349 1510

   Tel: (012) 622 9500

   Tel: (012) 003 1800

  • DHET (Department of Higher Education and Training

   Tel: (012) 312 5911


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