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Of the 63 qualifications / learning programs listed by the QCTO (Quality Council for Trade and Occupations)  2015, only six were available to the public. With occupational training and development increasingly linked to market needs, one wonders why the remaining 56 qualifications were developed without industry commitment to deliver.

6 Qualifications and 11 Training Providers heading for Maturity?

Using the 2015 data as background information can feed into an organisations development strategy, particularly competitive analysis.

  • Analyse the qualifications that have been available the longest.
  • Who are the AQPs?
  • What are the assessment success rates?
  • Have learners been certified?
  • How long did it take?
  • What can you learn from the system about process and procedure when building your case study?

Take a look at the 11 training facilities that have been accredited to deliver.

  • Have they rolled out?
  • Who do they market to?
  • How do they market and recruit learners?
  • Will you compete for the same market segment?
  • How can you position your organisation?

Which Six Qualifications were first Available

  • Occupational Certificate: Compliance Officer
  • Occupational Certificate: Electrical Line Mechanic: Overhead Lines
  • Occupational Certificate: Health Promotion Officer
  • Occupational Certificate: Office Administrator: Public Service Administrator
  • Occupational Certificate: Retail Manager: Retail Store Manager
  • Occupational Certificate: Tax Professional

The table lists the following information:

Qualification / Program ID

If you click on this ID number, you will be taken directly to the SAQA website where you will be able to read through the qualification information.

Qualification / Learning program title

This is the name of the course. A qualification is a complete course whilst a Learning Program can earn you credits towards a full qualification or recognise a particular niche skill. (This means that although the skill is important, the learning program isn’t enough for a full qualification.)

The full list of qualifications is not listed here because if you’re looking for a course to study – a list of programs that are not offered won’t mean much to you. If you are a training provider, you can find the full list on the QCTO website. (I also publish competitive advice on LinkedIn).

NQF Level

The National Qualifications Framework creates ‘career ladders’ where qualifications assist you with working your way up. For example, perhaps you study at NQFL3 this year, maybe afterwards when you qualify you want to register for an NQFL4 qualification, then level 5 and so on.

Learning Sub Field

This tells you which learning area or field this course belongs to. For example, does it prepare you for construction? if so, which aspect (sub field) – is it plumbing, building or electrical etc.

Originator / QAP

QAP’s (Quality Assurance Partners) identify the need for the qualification and initiate its development. This should be done strategically and make market considerations. It doesn’t really appear as if a sound process was followed – hence the lack of accredited providers.


You’ll need to google their contact details to reach them directly.

Qualification / Program ID Title / Learning Program NQF level Learning Subfield Originator / QAP  Providers (organisations offering the course)
91671 Occupational Certificate: Compliance Officer 06 Finance Economics and Accounting CISA Khulisane Academy (Pty) Ltd
Graduate School of Business Leadership – UNISA
91781 Occupational Certificate: Electrical Line Mechanic: Overhead Lines 04 Electrical Infrastructure Construction DQP – Eskom Academy of Learning Eskom Academy of Learning


Occupational Certificate: Health Promotion Officer 03 Promotive Health and Developmental Services


1.       Bojanala Regional Training Centre

2.       Dr Kenneth Kaunda Regional Training  Centre

3.       Free State Regional Training Centre

4.       Kalafong Hospital(RTC)

5.       Lehurutse Regional Training Centre

6.       Limpopo Regional Training Centre

7.       Mpumalanga Regional Training Centre

8.       Regional Training  Centre(Lilitha Nursing College- East London)

9.       Regional Training  Centre(Lilitha Nursing College-Madzikane KaZulu Sub-Campus)

10.   Regional Training Centre (Lilitha Nursing college-Mthatha)

11.   Regional Training Centre (Lilitha Nursing College-Port Elizabeth)

12.   Regional Training Centre (Lilitha Nursing College-Queenstown)

91994 Occupational Certificate: Office Administrator: Public Service Administrator 05 Office Administration PSETA National School of Government
91789 Occupational Certificate: Retail Manager: Retail Store Manager 06 Wholesale and Retail W&RSETA Edutel Wholesale and Retail Academy(Pty) Ltd
93624 Occupational Certificate: Tax Professional 08 Finance Economics and Accounting FASSET University Of Pretoria

Keep Climbing thanks the QCTO for their efforts to make information available for publication on this blog.

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Sallie Lawrence, Training Practitioner, Metrobus. Oct 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Hi Leonie, I was part of the TETA team that wrote the Bus driver qualification and yes it has not been used yet, so I agree with you and thank you for your honesty and input for EDT to start implementing what we have done for almost 6 months. Love your blog girl, keep it up.

    Leonie Hall Oct 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Sallie! Thanks so much for your input and kind words! It’s great that you’re an active contributor to and participant in our ETDP system, it’s people like you who create opportunities for us to Keep Climbing!

Anonymous May 11, 2016 at 10:00 am

I think you have noted some very interesting points, thanks for the post.

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