Learnerships and Standards Setting

  • How do I get a SAQA Id number for registration of learnerships?

All learnerships should lead to a qualification registered on the NQF. When a SETA wants to register a learnership they should apply to the Department of Labour.

Short Courses

  • What is a Short Course?

A short course is a type of short learning programme through which a learner may or may not be awarded credits, depending on the purpose of the programme.

A Credit-bearing short course is a type of short learning programme for which credits, in relation to the course’s contribution to a particular programme, unit standard and/or (part) qualification, is are awarded. (Paraphrased from CHE, 2001:44). A credit-bearing short course contains less than 120 credits.

A Non-credit-bearing short course is a type of short learning programme for which no credits are awarded in relation to unit standards or (part) qualifications depending on the purpose and/or assessment of the programme.

  • Do short Course Providers qualify for levy grants (i.e. in terms of Skills Development Act of 1998)?

There is a belief that employers can only claim their levies back when making use of accredited providers. This is not entirely correct. In the Government Gazette (No.20865 of 7 February 2000) it is made clear that the Skills Development Levies Act provides for recovery of the levy payment based on the submission of Workplace Skills Plans (WSPs), Workplace Skills Implementation Plans (WSIPs) and the submission of the names of skills development facilitators (SDFs), not on the basis of making use of accredited providers and NQF-aligned learning programmes.

  • How is Short Courses related to Skills Programmes?

A Skills Programme is occupationally based and when completed will constitute credits towards a qualification registered in terms of the National Qualifications Framework. Provisioning is undertaken by a training provider accredited by an Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (Skills Development Act No. 97 of 1998). A skills programme is a type of short learning programme.

A short course is an instructor-led training course that focuses on the transfer of a narrow range of methods and skills. At the end of short courses learners should be able to apply their newly gained knowledge and skills to practical situations.

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