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Offering Training When Not Accredited?

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    Hi to Leon, Charles, Des and Nigel,

    I recalled our discussion on accredition when I was reading the Council on Higher Education (CHE) document – entitled:
    Norms of Certification for the Higher Education sector within the context of the Higher Education Qualifications sub-framework.

    Now I would be interested to know whether there is a similar viewpoint from the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) who have Quality Assurance Partner (QAP) and Assessment Quality Partner (AQP) statuses.

    My interpretation of this quotation is that it is entirely possible to be studying something that may have the potential to attract formal assessment and credits – without studying it for that reason/outcome.

    Interested in your thoughts on this.
    Not for qualification purpose (NQP) course or module is a course or module that is part of a learning programme for a formal qualification, but for which a student elects to enrol and pursue without necessarily registering for the formal qualification.

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    Leon Pienaar

    Thanks for all the info. Really appreciated. Can anyone assist me on any article or regulations under the SAQA Act that specifically speaks to this, or even communication from any SETA in this regard? It seems that there is no proof of the existence of these regulations. Nigel or Sylvia, maybe you can assist. Thanks.

    Leslie Pillay

    If workshops are offering high quality training. Why not? as long as the person has indicated accordingly, and is not contravening any legislation.

    Leon Pienaar

    I completely agree with you. It is however the “legislation” that you referred to that I am interested in. Apparently such legislation states that private Training Providers are not allowed to issue a certificate for a qualification, and are prevented from using the word “Competence” on any certificate issued by a Private Training Provider. That viewpoint is currently argued in the Randburg Court and it appears that there is no such legislation. I beg to differ, but can’t prove that without at least a reference to such legislation.

    Nigel Shipston

    There are so many guides, policies and regulations (which are not always consistent with each other!), but as long as you stay out of any area within DHET’s scope and do not misrepresent your status to a degree that it could be interpreted as “accredited”, then all is fine. It is unfortunate that many people have crossed the line by wording that misleads people into believing that training is accredited, so as long as the training is clearly not accredited in anybody’s mind, all is good.

    There are any number of training interventions that are industry based and not accredited. Bear in mind that DHET’s scope is for qualifications listed on the NQF, so if the misrepresentation is that an intervention is based on an NQF qualification, they will not be impressed. However, there are many interventions that have not been listed on the NQF, which SAQA has always accepted. The basic rule is stay in the lane outside of NQF territory by words, actions or other.

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