The Accreditation Paper Trail
When an organisation has SETA Accredited Training Provider status, they have the leverage to position their qualifications as competition to other leading learning institutions. Many organisations don’t know how to begin a successful engagement with the SETA process because they lack a preparation strategy based upon market research.
Select a Relevant qualification
You select a qualification for accreditation based upon the market you serve and want to compete in. If you fail to identify who your current viable market is then you are creating a success barrier immediately.
- Find a qualification that your organisation wants to offer in the market as a formal opportunity.
- Based on the qualification selected, you can identify which SETA you must be accredited with.
- Remember that you will have one primary SETA and can apply for an extension of scope to offer qualifications from other SETAs. Different qualifications are housed with different SETAs or the QCTO (Quality Council of Trade and Occupations).
Once you know which qualification you want accreditation for, you can refer to this NQF Infographic to check which Quality Council you should approach.
If this sounds overwhelming, attend the Building Blocks Accreditation Workshop so that you can be taken through the process.
Manage Your SETA Relationship
- Hiring a consultant to steer your relationship with the SETA is the worst move you can make. SETAs work for you, they have a legal obligation to assist you and help you understand their workings. They are not the enemy – they are your business partner into the future.
- You need to greet them and let them know you’re going to be joining their fold. Some SETAs start the accreditation process with an online application form on their website. Check with the SETA relevant to you and follow their specific procedures.
- You will only receive full accreditation once you have delivered on training that conforms to compliant standards and uploaded learner results to the National Learner Records Database (NLRD). You will find that two aspects are critical for your initial accreditation application:
- Quality Management System (QMS)
- Learning program material
Below is the preamble to The Adult Education and Training Act 52 of 2000 as it provides valuable insights as to what training organisations and corporate business should consider as training objectives. Align yourself with legislation and then show how you will adhere and add support to it.
The Adult E&T Act is in place in order:
To regulate adult education and training; to provide for the establishment, governance and funding of public adult learning centres; to provide for the registration of private adult learning centres; to provide for quality assurance and quality promotion in adult education and training; to provide for transitional arrangements; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
The objectives of this Act are to:
- ESTABLISH a national co-ordinated adult education and training system which promotes cooperative governance and provides for programme-based adult education and training;
- RESTRUCTURE AND TRANSFORM programmes and centres to respond better to the human resources, economic and development needs of the Republic;
- REDRESS past discrimination and ensure representivity and equal access;
- ENSURE access to adult education and training and the workplace by persons who have been marginalised in the past, such as women, the disabled and the disadvantaged;
- PROVIDE optimal opportunities for adult learning and literacy, the creation of knowledge and development of skills in keeping with international standards of academic and technical quality;
- PROMOTE the values which underline an open and democratic society based on human dignity, equality and freedom; ADVANCE strategic priorities determined by national policy objectives at all levels of governance and management within the adult education and training sector;
- RESPECT and encourage democracy and foster a culture which promotes fundamental human rights and creates an appropriate environment for adult teaching and learning;
- PURSUE excellence and to promote the full realisation of the potential of every learner and member of staff, tolerance of ideas and appreciation of diversity;
- RESPOND to the needs of the Republic and the labour market and of the communities served by the centres;
- COMPLEMENT the Skills Development Strategy in co-operation with the Department of Labour.
- To understand the legislative framework further and align yourself strategically, take a look at these acts:
- South African Qualifications Act (Act 58 of 1995)
- SAQA Regulation No R452 and R1127 of 1998
- Skills Development Act (Act 97 of 1998)
- Skills Development Levies Act (Act 9 of 1999)
- Employment Equity Act (Act 55 of 1998)
- Adult Based Education and Training Act (Act 52 of 2000)
- National Education Policy Act (Act 27 of 1996)
The SETA that you apply for accreditation to, will require that you submit a Quality Management System containing processes and procedures.
Advice and Accreditation Tools
- How to Develop Quality Management Systems for Accreditation
- What is a Quality Management System for Accredited Training?
- The Criteria for Accreditation
- SETA Accreditation for Science, Engineering and Technical Fields
- Are there enough Wholesale and Retail training providers?
The future of occupational training lies with the QCTO
While accreditation for most qualifications is still only available via the SETAs, from 2018 the QCTO will assume provider accrediting powers. Providers applying for accreditation need to check if the qualification they wish to be accredited for is still with the SETA or now only available through the QCTO.
Read more about the Accreditation workshops