As we stated in our previous blog: The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is a guideline set by the department of education of South African to guide students and professionals from the intermediate phase up to higher education and training.
This system brings education and training together and also tracks academic achievements for individuals and ensures that they are recognized.
While the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is a professional body including professionals who are selected by the Ministers of Higher Education and Training. These members are available to advise ministers of higher education on the NQF act and also ensures that the objectives of the NQF are achieved. Through SAQA all NQF levels and qualifications obtained in South Africa are observed.
This is why we advise you to do your research before you register for any qualification at a college or any further education training institution because you don’t want to fall into a scam and get a qualification that is not recognized according to NQF and SAQA.
Before you register for any course, you need to check:
- The accreditation status of the college that offers the course you are interested in.
- The status of the study programme or qualification you want to study.
- Check that the college you are interested in is in fact registered by the Department of Education.
- Check that Umalusi or another Quality Council, such as a Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA), accredits the college.
What is the Equivalent of an NQF Level 4 and is it worth it?
An NQF level 4 is a matric certificate qualification. You could earn your matric certificate by completing your matric final exams. If you can’t complete your matric, there are national and FET certificates equivalent to it. Having an NQF qualification does give you more opportunities.
While credits are the marks you earn once you complete your school subjects or college course. Every subject you do counts for a certain amount of credits. Your credits then determine if you can enrol in a certain program or move to the next level of a course.
National Diploma NQF Level
The National Diploma is a NQF Level 6 certificate. It takes around three years to complete a national diploma course. There are a variety of courses and programs that you can do to achieve an NQF level 6 certificate. After completing a National Diploma, you will be eligible to study further and go up to other levels.
But if you don’t qualify for an accredited course there are alternative courses you can do. You can either register for short courses or even matric upgrade courses. Both aim to give you the skills need to become a professional in your chosen career. So fear not, there are several options available to you.