Check Training Provider Accreditation. Training providers must be registered. You can ensure that the training provider you are using is not bogus by contacting the Quality Assurance Regulatory body that they are supposed to be accredited by.
Check Training Provider Accreditation
If you want to check the registration details of a training provider and ensure that they are not bogus, you can take the following steps:
- Check the accreditation: The first step is to check if the training provider is accredited by a recognized body such as the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).
- Verify the qualifications: Once you have verified that the provider is accredited with a SETA or a Quality Council, you can then check the qualifications they offer. You can check if the qualifications are recognized by SAQA and that they are accredited by a SETA to offer them.
- Research the training provider: Before enrolling in any training program, it is important to research the provider thoroughly. You can check online reviews and speak to current or former students. Check for comments about them on social media. You can also visit the training provider’s website to learn more about their courses and accreditation.
- Look for red flags: Be wary of training providers that make exaggerated claims or promises, such as guaranteed employment after completing the program. You should also be cautious if the training program is significantly cheaper than other programs in your area.
By taking these steps, you can ensure that you are enrolling in a legitimate training program and not falling victim to a bogus provider.
What is Training Provider Accreditation?
Training provider accreditation is the process of evaluating and recognizing the quality of a training provider’s educational programs or courses. Accreditation ensures that the training provider meets specific standards and criteria set by a recognized accrediting body, which is usually a government agency or a professional organization.
The accreditation process involves a comprehensive review of the training provider’s educational programs, facilities, faculty qualifications, student support services, and other factors that affect the quality of education. The accrediting body assesses the training provider’s compliance with its standards and criteria and conducts site visits and evaluations.
Once a training provider is accredited, it means that they have met the standards and criteria set by the accrediting body, and their educational programs meet recognized industry standards. Accreditation is important because it provides assurance to students, employers, and other stakeholders that the educational programs provided by the training provider are of high quality and meet industry standards.
In South Africa, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is responsible for accrediting training providers. Other countries may have different accrediting bodies or organizations that perform similar functions.
Beware of Bogus Operators: Check Training Provider Accreditation
We published the list of bogus operators caught by the DHET, be sure to check it out! Institutions cancel their registration status if they wish to cease to operate, see our list of cancelled registrations and those that lost their registration status for other reasons.
Quality Assurance of Education and Training Providers
Here’s a list of contacts that different providers should be registered with or accredited by:
Check Training Provider Accreditation: School Education Providers must be registered with
- The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) contact number: 080872222
- Your provincial Department of Education (links are on the DHET website).
- UMALUSI: provide them with your provider’s accreditation number and they will verify their status.
Check Training Provider Accreditation: Higher Education Qualification Providers must register with
- The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
- Tel: 080872222.
- The Council on Higher Education (CHE). You can contact the CHE directly for a list of private providers.
- Tel: 012 349 3840
- Email: email@example.com
Check Training Provider Accreditation: FET Providers must register with
- The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
- Tel: 080872222
- Contact the DHET for a list of private FET Colleges
Trade and Occupations Providers:
Accreditation, the QCTO and SETAs
In South Africa, the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) play important roles in the accreditation of training providers.
The QCTO is a quality assurance body that oversees the development and implementation of occupational qualifications in South Africa. It is responsible for developing policies and criteria for the accreditation of training providers that offer occupational qualifications. The QCTO also conducts quality assurance evaluations to ensure that accredited training providers maintain the required standards.
SETAs, on the other hand, are responsible for skills development in specific sectors of the economy. They work closely with the QCTO to ensure that training providers offering occupational qualifications in their respective sectors are accredited and meet the required standards. SETAs also provide funding for skills development initiatives and may accredit training providers to provide courses or programs in their respective sectors.
It’s your right as a learner or employer to ask any training provider for proof of their registration or accreditation. Ask them for their certificate. But that’s not enough. You must check the expiry date, SETA accreditation must be renewed every 3 years. The certificate must show which qualifications or programs they are accredited for.