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Don’t get caught by unscrupulous operators

Good training can be a big expense.  Unfortunately, the cost of training does not always guarantee a Training Provider’s good standing.  It is always advisable to check whether a provider is registered and accredited before you commit yourself financially.  If your Training Provider of choice is on the level, they will have no hesitation in directing you to the appropriate authorities to check their credentials. 

As a general rule, you will need to contact the appropriate Quality Assuring Body.  This will depend on the type of Qualifications being offered by the provider.  You can start with this list of legal entities:

Providers offering Qualifications for schooling must be registered with:

  • The national Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Their contact number is 080 87 22 22.
  • Your provincial Department of Education (follow the appropriate link from the DHET website).
  • You can check their accreditation status with UMALUSI with a direct enquiry.  Ask the Training provider for their accreditation number, which will speed up the confirmation process. 

Providers offering Higher Education Qualifications must be registered with:

  • The national Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Their contact number is 080 87 22 22.
  • The Council on Higher Education (CHE). You will need to contact the CHE directly for a list of private providers. Their contact number is 012 349 3840 or admin@che.org.za

Providers offering FET Qualifications must be registered with both of these bodies:

  • The national Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Their contact number is 080 87 22 22
  • The appropriate FET. You will need to contact DHET directly for a list of private FET Colleges

Providers that are offering Qualifications in the Trades and Occupations must be registered with the appropriate Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA).  You can find a list of SETA’s on the SAQA website here.

Providers who are accredited should be able to send you a copy of their registration with the relevant SETA, ETQA indicating which programmes they are accredited for as well as the necessary programmes that they are accredited for.

One must be reminded that if you are accredited with a SETA, ETQA you are not automatically accredited to offer all training the SETA or any other SETA offer. The provider needs programme approval for every programme that they offer. Should they wish to offer training with a SETA other than their primary SETA then they need an extension of scope with the relevant SETA.

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