Tue, Aug 9, 2022

Understanding how NQF levels apply to you can be confusing. Here’s how to work out how many credits you have and what you should do to find the right opportunities.

Didn’t finish high school?

The Number 1 solution is of course to go back to school, find a college or other alternative!

But if for some reason you can’t, then here’s some tips!


In other words, who or what facts do you already know about the work you want to do? Think about how you can use whatever you know to your advantage.

Even if you dropped out of high school, it’s possible you can be credited for what you managed to achieve.

Credit Accumulation Transfer (CAT)

If your schooling is incomplete, you are credited for what you have completed.  Here’s a table listing how you can work out your credits:
More about credits for high school maths and languages. 

Which NQF levels can I apply for?

If you completed Grade 10: apply for NQF level 2 and 3 opportunities.

If you completed Grade 11 or some of Grade 12: apply for NQF LEVEL 3 and maybe 4.

Special note:

  • Many employers and training providers want NQF L4 applicants to have Matric in place. This is because a job based (occupational) NQL4 qualification can be very demanding if you don’t already have Matric.
  • If you qualify for Language and Maths credits, the employer’s training costs and your time commitment can be reduced.

 Use SETAs to find opportunity

There are 22 SETAs, each responsible for different industries. Remember to be clear about the NQF level you are looking for.

HOT LIST SETA Contacts for Learnerships Internships and Apprenticeships

Which qualifications are you looking for?

Each SETA promotes a different set of qualifications based on the industries they represent. For example, BANKSETA promotes banking qualifications.

BANKSETA also looks for solutions to scarce skills in the Banking sector. If they find that financial institutions need IT skills, the SETA will fund IT training.


1. Which SETA is in charge of the qualifications you want?

2. Which SETAs are offering funding for those qualifications.  Eg: if you want to be a software developer, check each SETA to see who is offering training. Check PIVOTAL grants.

List of SETA websites 

Contact accredited training providers

Check the providers accreditation details.

Good luck!

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