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SAQA: registration and accreditation of private providers offering qulaification

Joint Communique 1 of 2012: Interim Guidelines on the registration and accreditation of private providers offering qulaifications and part qualifications in the Trade and Occupation sector

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higher education

& training

Department:

Higher Education and Training

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING (DHET) SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY (SAQA) QUALITY COUNCIL FOR TRADES AND OCCUPATIONS (QCTO)

COUNCIL ON QUALITY ASSURANCE IN GENERAL AND FURTHER EDUCATION AND

TRAINING (UMALUSI)

COUNCIL ON HIGHER EDUCATION (CHE)

Joint Communique 1of 2012

INTERIM GUIDELINES ON THE REGISTRATION AND ACCREDITATION OF PRIVATE PROVIDERS OFFERING QUALIFICATIONS  AND PART-QUALIFICATIONS IN THE TRADE AND OCCUPATIONAL SECTOR

AUGUST 2012

SAQA

QCTO

U MALUSI                Council for Quality Assura nce I n

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

The legal situation relating to the registration of independent education institutions, including private skills providers, is as follows.

The NQF and sub-frameworks

The National Qualifications Framework Act, 2008 (Act 67 of 2008) (NQFA) provides for the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) which comprises three sub­ frameworks, each of which is quality assured by a Quality Council (QC):

  • The Occupational Qualifications Framework (OQF), quality assured by the

Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO);

  • The General and  Further  Education  and  Training  sub-framework,  quality assured by Umalusi; and
  • The  Higher   Education  sub-framework,   quality   assured   by   the   Higher Education Quality Comm.ittee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher  Education (CHE)

SAQA is placing all qualifications or part-qualifications currently on the NQF on the appropriate sub-framework. Such placement will determine which QC is responsible for the quality assurance of each qualification or part-qualification. Any uncertainty about such matters will be resolved by SAQA.

Registration  of  independent  educational  institutions and  private skills providers

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act 108 of 1996) requires that an independent educational institution must be registered with the state (see Section

29(3)(b)). “Education” as used in Section 29 includes “training”.

As a result of this provision, the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act 101 of 1997) (HEA) and the Further Education and Training Colleges Act, 2006 (Act 16 of 2006) (FETCA) require private higher education institutions and FET colleges respectively to register with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

The Skills Development  Act, 1998 (Act 97 of 1998) (SDA) in its current form, does not  make  provision  for  the  registration,  as  contemplated   in  section  29  of  the Constitution, of private skills development  (SD) providers  who offer qualifications  or part-qualifications  on the OOF. Such providers  are at present only required  by the SDA to be accredited by the OCTO and to seek accreditation for their qualifications and part-qualifications from the QCTO (or a suitable body to whom the OCTO has delegated the quality assurance function). Only the QCTO has the authority to quality assure SD providers who offer qualifications  or part-qualifications  on the OOF. No other QC has such authority.

Nevertheless,  some SD providers offering qualifications or part-qualifications  on the OOF have applied for accreditation by Umalusi or the CHE in order to be registered by DHET. This is not currently required by law and the practice will be discontinued until the law is changed.

The SDA was managed under the authority of the Minister of Labour until 2009 when it was transferred to the portfolio of the Minister of Higher Education and Training. As part of the policy development  process for the South African post school system and to  comply  with section  29 of  the Constitution  the SDA  is being  reviewed.  In due course it will be amended in order to require SD providers to register with the DHET. As indicated above, at present there is no such requirement.

INTERIM GUIDELINES ON THE REGISTRATION AND ACCREDITATION OF PRIVATE PROVIDERS OFFERING QUALIFICATIONS AND PART­ QUALIFICATIONSIN THE TRADE AND OCCUPATIONAL SECTOR

To clarify the situation and ensure consistency in the application of the relevant laws, the following guidelines will apply to private SD providers that offer qualifications  or part-qualifications on the OOF. The guidelines will apply from the date of issue of this communique and will remain in operation until replaced by long-term arrangements.

  • Private SO providers who are not yet registered  with the DHET and who wish to offer only OQF qualifications and part-qualifications on Levels 1 -10 are currently not required  to register with the DHET. They must apply  to the OCTO  or the delegated  body for accreditation  to offer these qualifications  or part-qualifications as an accredited SD provider.
  • Private SO providers  who are already registered with the OHET for OQF qualifications  or part-qualifications  may continue with their current offerings, but  do  not  need  to  apply  for   re-registration   with  the   DHET  when  their registration period ends.
  • Private SO providers who are currently registered with the DHET and wish to extend their scope of provision to offer additional qualifications or part­ qualifications  that   are   registered   on  the   OQF   need   only   to   apply   for accreditation with the QCTO or the delegated body.

It remains  a requirement  that all private  SO providers  offering  full qualifications  or part-qualifications  on the OQF in terms of the SDA must be accredited by the QCTO or its delegated quality assurer, and such qualification or part-qualification must be registered by SAQA on the OQF.

These guidelines do not apply to the following:

  • Independent education institutions or private providers that offer qualifications or  part-qualifications   on  the  other  two  NQF  sub-frameworks,   namely  the Higher  Education  Qualifications  Framework  (HEQF)  Levels  5 – 10  and the General  and Further Education and Training Qualifications  Framework (GFETQF)  Levels  1 – 4. Such private providers  or institutions  must register with the DHET after accreditation by the HEQC or Umalusi respectively; and
  • Independent schools,  which  must  be  registered  as  provided  in  the  South

African Schools Act, 1996 (Act 84 of 1996) or relevant provincial laws.

LONG TERM ARRANGEMENTS FOR ACCREDITATION AND REGISTRATION

These guidelines will be reviewed by the DHET, SAQA, the QCTO, Umalusi and the CHE during 2012-2013 and a long-term solution will be implemented as from a date to be announced.

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