It’s vital to find out if the institution you have chosen is an accredited one and whether the qualifications they offer are recognised qualifications or not. You can find out about accredited institutions by contacting the Department of Education or just ask the education institution in which you are registering for to show you their accreditations, it is your right!


Skills Programmes are similar to that of learnerships and are run by accredited providers found all over South Africa. Students are expected to complete each part of the structured programme. On completion, a student gains a credit towards a qualification that has been registered by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Skills Programme registrations are open for any student/person over the age of 16 years.


A learnership is just another way of saying apprenticeship. Learnerships allow a student to work and learn within their chosen occupation/career, it is made up of a structured learning programme to achieve fi rst hand practical working experience. Qualifications available through learnerships are registered through the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Students will need to fi nd out what the requirements are for a learnership depending on the career they are interested in perusing. A List of possible learnership careers is available in the “Index” of this book.


A certificate is a qualification you can achieve at an accredited higher education provider/ institution. To reach a certificate qualification you will have to complete a course made up of both practical and skills based training, length of time it takes to achieve a certificate varies, again, depending on the course you have chosen.


A Diploma can be achieved through an accredited institution, for example a Private Registered Institution. There are both theoretical and practical sections within the training for a Diploma. The time in which to achieve a Diploma can vary, depending on the institution and type of course chosen.


A National Diploma is a qualification offered by Universities of Technology. After achieving a National Diploma, students may further build on their qualification by enrolling for a BTech degree.


To achieve a degree you will need to complete three or more years of study, depending on the course you have chosen. These degrees are called undergraduate degrees. An undergraduate degree becomes what is called a postgraduate degree when qualifi cations such as Honours, Masters or Doctorate degree are accomplished. Honours, Masters or Doctorate degrees will take a minimum of one year each to complete, again depending on the course you have chosen.