Dear Skills Development Providers (South Africa SETA Accredited Training Providers),
What is the consequences if you do not adhere to this compulsory application for registration to the DHET?
The 30 June 2017 deadline relates to registration with the Department of Higher Education and Training, not the QCTO. You only need to apply for accreditation with the QCTO if you intend to offer one of the 138 new occupational certificates. (Please note that the number of qualifications are increasing)
If you fail to submit your registration application with the DHET by 30 June 2017 then the following will most probably happen:
- You could be prosecuted by DHET for operating without registration and listed as a ‘bogus college’ and/or noted by SAQA on its register for misrepresentation.
- Although this has not happened yet, the QCTO and the DHET may inform the SETAs (and other QAPs for that matter) to verify registration of all accredited providers and implement a corrective action process to ensure registration is completed as a matter of urgency.
In terms of the Act, a person who offers or pretends to offer FET qualifications or purports to perform an act on behalf of an FET college without being registered is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment not exceeding five years or both such fine and imprisonment. The Act further stipulates that a person, who pretends that a qualification has been awarded to him/her by an FET college, whereas no such qualification has been so awarded, is guilty of an offence and is liable, on conviction to any sentence, which may be imposed for fraud. NO private college is allowed to offer FET qualifications unless its application has been approved by the Registrar.
For the past 6 months now, we have been working on solutions to the compulsory stipulations regarding the application for registration at the DHET. Yes, it is true, it is compulsory and all Skills Development Providers (Accredited Training Providers as we know it) must adhere to the requirements. Whether you are accredited with a SETA or with the QCTO (either way – it is compulsory)
We have done extensive work, engaged with various Authorities, communicated on specific requirements to get a possible solution for you. We are ready to assist you with this application. When I say “we” there are 3 Consultants that evaluate your application for quality, compliance, sufficiency and completeness.
So why even bother to make use of our services? Well, we have done the ground work already, have closed the gaps on requirements, implemented a process with quality checks, and used the most professional consultants to conduct evaluations for you, compile your application to meet the requirements of DHET, ensure that your information is confidential. Even personally hand deliver your application to the DHET in Pretoria!
Off course you can do this yourself, make use of the staff you have, spend hours in figuring out whether you meet the requirements or not, continue to email for clarification, age another 10 years within a matter of a month, stop your operations completely…………………… or, you can make use of us?
Yes, there is a fee involved, which was carefully worked out, considering all aspects, such as downloads, emails, phone calls, printing, compiling, validation and evaluation, ensuring all requirements are met (if not, we assist in these too), personally deliver your application to the DHET in Pretoria. We have reduced our personal hourly rate to accommodate everybody. The fee is R2940.00 which includes the R500.00 to the DHET – this is not at all done to make money (we hardly cover the expenses)
Yes, it is a tight budget for us, but quality assurance is not taken out of this budget, it is our reputation on the line and we will not disappoint you! We ensured that we can assist all providers no matter how big or small. We are affordable, and ready to take away your administrative nightmare away with this compulsory application.
You may email me should you not understand this compulsory stipulation, or if you are uncertain that this applies to you.
There are other Consultants also assisting SDPs nationwide with this compulsory application to the DHET and their costs are just over R10 000 per application, you are more than welcome to make use of them too!
No matter whom you use for assistance, or whether you will do this on your own, the importance of this application is crucial. Please ensure that you meet all the requirements and adhere to all the stipulations. Get your application for registration to the DHET submitted before the 30th June 2017!