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DHET public post: How do I ensure that a Private College is not Bogus?

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    Lynel Farrell

    Private colleges that offer skills programmes that are accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) delegated by the QCTO, are not required to be registered in terms of the CET Act.

    However, these private colleges may be regarded as ‘bogus colleges’ if they offer skills programmes without accreditation from the QCTO or the SETAs.

    Students and the public need to request registration certificates from private institutions before binding themselves to any agreements. In addition, students must ask themselves the following:

    Is the registration certificate displayed?
    Does the institution offer a qualification that interests you?
    Is the qualification you are interested in listed on the certificate?
    Can the institution provide a brochure with all its details, including qualifications offered?
    Does it operate in suitable and safe premises with adequate space, light and appropriate equipment?
    Can it provide full details of its teaching staff and their qualifications?

    You will find a register of private colleges on http://www.dhet.gov.za
    In order to verify if private colleges are accredited to offer skills programmes, the QCTO can be contacted on 012 003 1800 or e-mail: info@qcto.org.za.

    Reference: DHET public post distributed on Social Media FB on the 22 February 2021. This is valuable information to Skills Development Providers (known to some as Private Colleges), Learners and Employers!

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