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).
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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: RegistrarFET@doe.gov.za to find out about a college and their status.
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 you will find a list of accreditation bodies that are part of SETA:
AGRISETA (Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority)
AgriSETA creates and promotes opportunities for social, economic and employment growth for agri-enterprises through relevant, quality and accessible education, training and development in both primary and secondary agriculture, in conjunction with other stakeholders in agriculture.
Tel: (012) 301 5600
BANKSETA (Banking Sector Education and Training Authority)
The Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA) is an enabler of skills development and transformation in the broader banking & microfinance sector and supports people development through partnerships, skills development, alleviating unemployment, creating a brighter future and enabling change.
Tel: (011) 805 9661
CATHSSETA (Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority)
CATHSSETA was formally known as the Tourism and Hospitality Education and Training Authority (THETA) until 1 April 2012, when we became the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority. Our mandate is to facilitate skills development within our sub-sectors through the disbursement of grants for learning programmes and monitoring of education and training as outlined in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS).
Tel: (011) 217 0600
CETA (Construction Education and Training Authority)
The Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) was established in April 2000 after the promulgation of the Skills Development Act, 97 of 1998. Its primary objective is to influence the course of training and skills development in construction by ensuring that all training reflects the needs and requirements of the sector.
Tel: (011) 265 5900
CHE (Council on Higher Education)
One of the functions of the CHE is to develop and implement a system of quality assurance for higher education, including programme accreditation, institutional audits, quality promotion and capacity development, standards development and the implementation of the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF).
Tel: (012) 349 3840
CHIETA (Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority)
The Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA) is a statutory body established by the Skills Development Act (1998). The Chemical SETA was established to facilitate skills development in the chemical industries sector and ensure that skills needs are identified and addressed through a number of initiatives by the SETA and the sector.
Tel: (011) 628 7000
EWSETA (Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority)
The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA)is a skills development authority serving the energy and water sectors. It is one of 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities SETAs established in South Africa in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998 – amended.
Tel: (011) 274 4700
ETDP (Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority)
The SETA is mandated to promote and facilitate the delivery of education, training and development in order to enhance the skills profile of the Education, Training and Development (ETD) sector and contribute to the creation of employment opportunities especially for those previously disadvantaged.
Tel: (076) 763 3114
FASSET (Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority)
Fasset is the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta). 21 Setas have been established in terms of the Skills Development Act, to cover all sectors in South Africa, including government. 'To influence the effective operation of the labour market, through effective skills, so as to ensure the appropriate supply of competent labour necessary to compare in the global economy.
Tel: (011) 476 8570
FP&MSETA (Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority)
The FP&M SETA consist of 13 sub-sectors namely the clothing, footwear, forestry, furniture, general goods, leather, packaging, printing, print media, publishing, pulp and paper, textiles and wood products sectors. Although classified individually, the sub-sectors are closely integrated.
Tel: (011) 403 1700
FOODBEV (Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry Sector Education and Training Authority)
FoodBev SETA’s function is to promote, facilitate and incentive skills development in the food and beverages manufacturing sector. FoodBev SETA is one of 21 sector education and training authorities (SETAs) across the economy mandated to put the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) into practice.
Tel: (011) 253 7300
HPCSA (Health Professions Council of SA)
The HPCSA, in conjunction with its 12 Professional Boards, is committed to promoting the health of the population, determining standards of professional education and training, and setting and maintaining excellent standards of ethical and professional practice. In order to safeguard the public and indirectly the professions, registration in terms of the Act is a prerequisite for practising any of the health professions with which Council is concerned.
Tel: (012) 338 9300
HWSETA (Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority)
The Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) endeavours to create an integrated approach to the development and provision of appropriately skilled health and social development workers, to render quality services comparable to world-class standards.
Tel: (011) 607 6900
INSETA (Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority)
The Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority’s (INSETA) primary purpose is to grow the pool and quality of critical and scarce skills within the insurance sector. These skills enhance the sector while supporting the transformation of the country.
Tel: (011) 381 8900
LGSETA (Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority)
The Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA) provides an environment to facilitate the training and up-skilling of various employees and people involved in local government structures, as well as unemployed South Africans.
Tel: (011) 456 8579
MERSETA (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority)
The merSETA is one of the 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) established to promote skills development in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998 (as amended). The 21 SETAs broadly reflect different sectors of the South African economy. The merSETA encompasses Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services.
Tel: (010) 219 3000
MICT (Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority)
The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority, the “MICT SETA”, was established in terms of the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No. 97 of 1998). The MICT sector is made up of five sub-sectors that are interconnected but also quite distinct and identifiable in their own right. These are Advertising, Film and Electronic Media, Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications.
Tel: (011) 207 2600
MQA (Mining Qualifications Authority)
The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) responsible for the administration of skills development programmes for the mining and minerals sector in South Africa. It was first established under the Mine Health and Safety Act No.29 of 1996 and later registered as a SETA under the Skills Development Act No.97 of 1998.
Tel: (011) 547 2600
PAB (Professional Accreditation Body for Health and Skincare)[NM1]
The PAB ETQA endeavours to create an integrated approach to the development and provision of appropriately skilled health and skin-care practitioners who will render quality services comparable to world-class standards.
Tel: 082 596 5847
PSETA (Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority)
The Public Service Education and Training Authority (PSETA) is one of the 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) established in accordance with the Skills Development Act No. 97 of 1998 (SDA). Between the year 2000 and 2009, the PSETA reported to the Department of Labour but has since been transferred to the new Department of Higher Education and Training.
Tel: (012) 423 5700/5736
SABPP (SA Board for People Practices)
The SABPP want to lead and give a credible voice to the HR profession based on clear standards of governance, quality assurance and professionalism in human resource management and people practices in the workplace. Our key focus is on adding value and contributing to the sustainability of organisations.
Tel: (011) 045 5400
SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants)
The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, is a professional accountancy body in South Africa. As of August 2013, the institute has over 36 000 members. SAICA provides support, advice and services to its CAs throughout their professional lives.
Tel: (011) 621 6600
SANC (South African Nursing Council)
The South African Nursing Council is the body entrusted to set and maintain standards of nursing education and practice in the Republic of South Africa. It is an autonomous, financially independent, statutory body, initially established by the Nursing Act, 1944 (Act No. 45 of 1944), and currently operating under the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005).
Tel: (012) 420 1000
SAPC (South African Pharmacy Council)
The South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) is constituted of a 25-member strong collective of experienced pharmacy professionals, educators and professionals from other key professions. Nine (9) members of Council are nominated by the profession, another nine are recommended by Members of Executive Committee (MECs) responsible for health in South Africa’s nine provinces.
Tel: (012) 321 1492
SASSETA (Safety and Security Sector Education & Training Authority)
SASSETA promotes a culture of ongoing learning, which facilitates opportunities for skills transfer and development for all South Africans in the safety and security sector seeking recognised industry qualifications.
Tel: (011) 087 5555
Services SETA (Services Sector Education and Training Authority)
The Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Services SETA) was established and registered in March 2000 in terms of the skills development Act of 1998 and is responsible for the disbursement of the training levies payable by all employers. These levies are collected by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) via the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), and are to be disbursed through a management system motivated by skills requirement assessment and monitoring.
Tel: (011) 276 9600
TETA (Transport Education and Training Authority
The strategic goals of TETA (Transport Education and Training Authority) are to provide administrative support services and enable TETA to deliver on its mandate and ensure compliance with all governance imperatives.
Tel: (011) 781 1280
UMALUSI (Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training)
Umalusi Council sets and monitors standards for general and further education and training in South Africa in accordance with the National Qualifications Framework Act No 67 of 2008 and the General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Act No 58 of 2001.
Tel: (012) 349 1510
W&RSETA (Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority
The Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) was established in 2000 in terms of the Skills Development Act (as amended). The public entity aims to facilitate the skills development needs of the Wholesale and Retail (W&R) sector through the implementation of learning programmes, disbursement of grants and monitoring of education and training as outlined in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS).
Tel: (012) 622 9500
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 911), Old Trades and Occupational qualifications.
Tel: (012) 003 1800
DHET (Department of Higher Education and Training
It is the mission of the Department of Higher Education and Training to develop capable, well-educated and skilled citizens who are able to compete in a sustainable, diversified and knowledge-intensive international economy, which meets the development goals of our country.
Tel: (012) 312 5911