Calling all training institutions -How do you know if a training provider is legit?

I recently came across a situtation that desperately needs your feedback.


I have recently discovered a training institution in cape town, offering matric certificates in 6 months for R4000.


The information i managed to gather is;


  1. pre-2008 old curriculum grade 12 candidates
  2. based in diep river but offer training venue in town (cannot disclose location)
  3. you start in jan - 2 hours a day , 3 days a week
  4. by june you have your matric - even if you only passed standard 6


Now my question is;

  1. How does one find out how legit this compnay really is?
  2. Are they making people believe that they receiving there matric certificate?
  3. How do we investigate this further?

We all know how important matric is to get any work or college. Therefore, are people being exploited into believing that they are receiving there National Certificate just gain money.


Think about it, 50 people deperate for there matric x R4000 = do the math - easy money

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Registration and Accreditation

FET colleges are required to deliver education and training that meets a required standard that falls within the guidelines of the appropriate Quality Assurance Bodies. In the case of FET colleges these bodies are the Department of Higher Education and Training and/or Umalusi. This accreditation is vital as it ensures the qualifications offered fall within and comply with the national guidelines. It also ensure that you, the learner can have your qualification registered on the National Learner Database – this registration will remain with you for the rest of your life and can be easily verified by local and International bodies.

Umalusi accredits Private FET colleges and the Department of Education registers the Public FET Colleges. So these are the certificates you must ask to see as previously mentioned. All FET colleges therefore must be registered and/or accredited by one of the other. If not then the college is operating illegally and should be reported.

In addition Umalusi oversees the accreditation of examination bodies that examine qualifications offered by both public and private colleges.

Accreditation is provided in respect of certain (South African Qualifications Authority) SAQA registered qualifications that form part of the National Qualifications Framework or the NQF. All such qualifications are quality checked and quality assured by the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) or Umalusi.

Some colleges believe that if they are registered and accredited by the SETA then they can offer full qualifications. THAT IS NOT THE CASE. They must be registered by Umalusi or the Department of Higher Education. Be very careful.

Qualifications which are registered on the NQF all carry credits. So if you study part time you will be awarded credits as you are assessed competent in the particular module or modules you have studies. These modules are better known by the name Unit Standards. Once you have bees assessed as competent the credits are awarded to you and cannot be taken away. So this allows you to study at your own pace and to complete the qualification over an extended period of time.

For any credits you receive you will be issued with a certificate. This certificate should be issued by the relevant SETA, the council for higher education or by Umalusi and not by the college or institution providing the training.

If you are in doubt regarding any of this then contact the SAQA help desk – contact information given earlier.

Get their full details and inquire with the Department of Education if they have an EMIS registration number.The old Matric curriculum exams are conducted in June of each year up to 2014,allowing for repeaters to  complete.

Thank you for your informative feedback. Much appreciated. I have contacted the Educations Department as well as Umaluzi.




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