SETA Accreditation Requirements
The general requirements for SETA accreditation are the following:
- The training provider must be properly registered in terms of applicable legislation.
- The training provider must have a Quality Management System (QMS) in place. In its application guidelines, FASSET defines a QMS as “the combination of processes used to ensure that the degree of excellence specified is achieved.” A QMS consists of the policies and procedures that determine how the training provider ensures the quality of its training.
- The training material must be aligned with the unit standards on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
- The training provider must have assessors and moderators that are properly registered to do assessment and moderation of the unit standards that are to be accredited.
The different SETAs may have their own accreditation requirements in addition to the general requirements listed above. These additional requirements can be found on the relevant SETA’s website, or can be obtained by contacting the SETA in question.
The SETA accreditation requirements set a high standard with which training providers must comply. This is to ensure that a high standard of education and training will be maintained nationally, and that students are equipped with relevant skills. In order to comply with the accreditation requirements, a training provider has to be well-organised and must have all the necessary documentation, policies and procedures in place. This means that great value is attached to having SETA accreditation, and SETA accredited training is therefore in high demand.
Requirements to become a SETA Accredited Training Provider:
The document Criteria and Guidelines to become a SETA Accredited Training Provider sets out the requirements for accreditation.
- The programmes (and/or assessments) offered by the education and training provider must culminate in unit standards and/or qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
- The curriculum (design, content and learning materials) is aligned to the unit standards and/or qualifications.
- There are suitably qualified staff (facilitators and registered assessors).
- The learners have access to adequate learning support services.
- The assessment methods and tools used to measure the requirements for the unit standard and/or qualification are fair, valid and reliable, and are used to enhance learning.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is the certification, usually for a certain period of time of a body or an institution, as having the capacity to fulfill a particular function within the quality assurance system set up by SAQA in terms of the SAQA Act, 1995.
SAQA accredits all Education and Training Quality Assurance bodies (ETQA’s) who in turn accredit Education and Training Providers.
The following documents and equipments are required to get accreditation with PSETA:
Company CK documents
Tax clearance certificate
Company profile with Objectives, Mission and vision statements, quality control measures and services offered
Learning materials consisting of: Learner, Facilitator and Assessment guides, rollout plan and programme strategy
Quality Management System (QMS), which are your policies and procedure documents including working tools (templates). Policies to be submitted are:
Management of assessment
Management of impact assessment
Learner entry, guidance and support
Learning programme development and delivery
Recruitment, selection and appraisals (HR)
Health and Safety
Management of workplace learning
Names of Assessor/s and Moderator/s linked to the applied unit standards or qualifications
CV’s of facilitators (if different from above)
Office and training resources:
Office with desk, Working computer, fax line and machine, telephone, printer and lockable cabinet/s
Training rooms (If Provider is intending to train at own premises) with comfortable desks, desk tables, writing equipment or projector, properly ventilated/heating equipment when cold, clean toilets and proper access for disabled persons
OR Lease agreement if Provider will be utilising rented space for training
OR and indication if Provider will be training at clients premises
2. What are the advantages of being an accredited training provider?
Advantages of becoming an accredited provider:
To provide quality training and development to learners
To receive support from the relevant authority
To be able to deliver education and training that leads to nationally registered Unit Standards and Qualifications. Accreditation therefore provides Education and Training Providers with a valuable tool with which they can market their services to potential clients.
3. What are benefits of attending accredited training?
Learners, departments and private companies who use the services of an accredited training provider are assured that the accredited training offered complies with the required standards for learning and assessment.
All learners are assured of a quality learning experience and that the credits they acquire will be nationally and internationally recognized.