accreditedIn order for a college qualification to be accepted 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 in order to get accredited.

Essential components of a college’s accreditation

The essential component of a college’s accreditation is that the college 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 don’t want to go and study a course that is, in fact, not recognised (always better safe than sorry).

We also recommend that you visit the excellent consumerist website, Hello Peter. If you do some searching, you will soon see that there are complaints about colleges that are not accredited.

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

How to check if a college is registered?

  1. Head on over to the Department of Education website to see whether the college is listed there.
  2. Alternatively, you can send an email to: to find out about a college and their status.

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

Telephone: +27 (021) 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 text books 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. International accreditation bodies can also accredit specific courses offered by colleges.

That’s why all universities are accredited. They HAVE to meet those standards, since most universities are internationally accredited too. So I’m pretty sure you can see that accreditation is pretty important when it comes to education. SANAS and DHET looks at the international standard and awards accreditation based on the international standards, therefore they are the same across the globe.

Below are some accreditation bodies part of SETA that accredit courses to give you some idea:

      Tel: (012) 301 5600

      Tel: (012) 805 9661

      Tel: (011) 217 0600

     Tel: (011) 265 5900

     Tel: (012) 349 3840

  • CHE – HEQC

     Tel: (012) 349 3850

    Tel: (011) 628 7000

     Tel: (011) 274 4700

     Tel: (011) 372 3300

     Tel: (011) 476 8570

     Tel: (011) 403 1700

     Tel: (011) 253 7300

     Tel: (012) 338 9447

     Tel: (011) 607 6900

     Tel: (011) 544 2000/3

     Tel: (011) 456 8579

     Tel: (010) 219 3000

     Tel: (011) 207 2600

     Tel: (011) 630 3500

     Tel: 082 596 5847

     Tel: (012) 423 5700/5736

    Tel: (011) 482 8595

    Tel: (011) 621 6600

    Tel: (012) 420 1060

   Tel: (012) 319 8502

   Tel: (011) 347 0252

   Tel: (011) 276 9600

   Tel: (011) 781 1280

   Tel: (012) 349 1510

   Tel: (012) 622 9500

   Tel: (012) 312 5226

  • DHET

 Tel: (012) 312 5000

  • DHET SETA – Support

 Tel: (012) 312 5432

  • Indlela NAMB (National Artisan Moderating Body)

  Tel: (011) 206 1015