The South African Qualifications Authority (Saqa) is responsible for establishing and maintaining quality within the higher education and training sector.
Saqa is a legal entity with a board consisting of professionals from the business, labour, education and training sectors. This board is appointed by the Minister of higher education and training.
The primary purpose of Saqa is to ensure the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework also known as the NQF.
This is a comprehensive system approved by the Minister for the 'classification, registration, publication and articulation of quality-assured national qualifications.'
In this way Saqa ensures that individual qualifications meet the requirements established by the Department of higher education and training and the relevant industry.
This is important for the local and national recognition of skills and knowledge acquired during training.
One of Saqa's key functions is to verify the qualifications that an individual has achieved. Anyone can request a copy of their own transcript of achievements from the National Learners' Records Database. This document will show all the qualifications that an individual has achieved, at whichever college or training provider they attended. Individuals can apply for their transcript on the
Saqa also oversees the implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is a process through which formal, non-formal and informal learning are measured. This is very useful for people who have been working for many years performing a function in the workplace but haven't got a formal qualification for it.
For more information on Saqa's services and role visit http://www.saqa.org.za/show.php?id=5688