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Accreditation is the certification, usually for a certain period of time of a body or an institution, as having the capacity to fulfill a particular function within the quality assurance system set up by SAQA in terms of the SAQA Act, 1995.

SAQA accredits all Education and Training Quality Assurance bodies (ETQA’s) who in turn accredit Education and Training Providers.

The following documents and equipments are required to get accreditation with PSETA:

  • Company CK documents
  • Tax clearance certificate
  • Company profile with Objectives, Mission and vision statements, quality control measures and services offered
  • Learning materials consisting of: Learner, Facilitator and Assessment guides, rollout plan and programme strategy
  • Quality Management System (QMS), which are your policies and procedure documents including working tools (templates). Policies to be submitted are:
  • Management of assessment
  • Management of impact assessment
  • Learner entry, guidance and support
  • Learning programme development and delivery
  • Physical resources
  • Certification
  • Financial Management
  • Recruitment, selection and appraisals (HR)
  • Health and Safety
  • Management of workplace learning
  • Names of Assessor/s and Moderator/s linked to the applied unit standards or qualifications
  • CV’s of facilitators (if different from above)
  • Office and training resources:
  • Office with desk, Working computer, fax line and machine, telephone, printer and lockable cabinet/s
  • Training rooms (If Provider is intending to train at own premises) with comfortable desks, desk tables, writing equipment or projector, properly ventilated/heating equipment when cold, clean toilets and proper access for disabled persons
  • OR Lease agreement if Provider will be utilising rented space for training
  • OR and indication if Provider will be training at clients premises

2. What are the advantages of being an accredited training provider?

Advantages of becoming an accredited provider:

  • To provide quality training and development to learners
  • To receive support from the relevant authority

To be able to deliver education and training that leads to nationally registered Unit Standards and Qualifications. Accreditation therefore provides Education and Training Providers with a valuable tool with which they can market their services to potential clients.

3. What are benefits of attending accredited training?

Learners, departments and private companies who use the services of an accredited training provider are assured that the accredited training offered complies with the required standards for learning and assessment.

All learners are assured of a quality learning experience and that the credits they acquire will be nationally and internationally recognized.

4. Who should apply for accreditation?

Providers who qualify for accreditation with PSETA include those Providers who are not yet accredited by another ETQA and who intend to offers programmes based on the qualifications and/or unit standards that falls within the primary focus of PSETA.

5. What if I am already accredited by another ETQA?

If a provider is accredited by another ETQA but wish to extend scope to unit standards and qualifications falling under the primary scope of PSETA, the primary accreditation ETQA must be notified and the process of programme approval will be facilitated with PSETA by such ETQA.

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Public Service 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.