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The Quality Council for Trade and Occupations

Section 7 of the QCTO Policy spells out key criteria for Skills Provider Accreditation.

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Criteria for accreditation of skills development providers

7.1 The QCTO will accredit an entity as an SDP for a specified occupational qualification or part qualification if recommended by an AQP and if that entity satisfies the criteria listed below. The entity must:

a) be a juristic person registered or established in terms of South African law;

b) have a valid tax clearance certificate issued by the South African Revenue Service if applicable;

c) have a suitable and compliant MIS in accordance with QCTO specifications;

d) be safe, secure and accessible to candidates;

e) meet the relevant standards for occupational health and safety;

f) have the required physical resources (e.g. venue; equipment, machinery or protective clothing), specified by the AQP to assess learners’ competence regarding the occupational qualification or part qualification;

g) have appropriately qualified human resources as specified by the AQP; and h) make provision for any other requirements specified for the relevant trade, occupational qualification or part qualification.

7.2 For institutional accreditation, the SDP must:

a) meet the criteria stipulated in 7.1;

Policy error: no ‘b’ and ‘c’ listed.

d) provide evidence of systems to manage learning and track learner performance;

e) provide workplace-based learning opportunities;

f) provide evidence of suitably qualified staff to facilitate learning;

g) submit completed application forms to the relevant AQP; and

h) make provision for any other requirements specified for the relevant trade, occupational qualification or part qualification.

7.3 For programme accreditation, the SDP must: 

a) provide evidence of suitably qualified staff to facilitate learning; and

b) have the required machinery and equipment to facilitate learning.

7.4 Evidence must be provided of a maintenance plan for machinery, equipment, facilities and a procurement plan for consumables, where relevant.

7.5 The SDP requesting accreditation for the knowledge component must provide evidence of a strategy to ensure linkages to providers offering the practical component of that occupational qualification.

7.6 The SDP requesting accreditation for the practical skills component must provide evidence of a strategy to ensure linkages to providers offering the knowledge component of that occupational qualification.

7.7 Any institution accredited as a provider by the quality council for general and further education and training or the quality council for higher education referred to in sections 25 and 26 of the National Qualifications Framework Act is deemed to satisfy the general requirements for accreditation.


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