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 SQA Structure

The SQA is the new body set up at the start of 2006 to regulate all matters to do with qualifications in the country. Its main purpose is to develop and implement a National Qualifications Framework. This is a set of policies and regulations which will guide all providers of education and training on the standards and conditions that need to be met to operate, and for learners to be certified.


A credible, valued and efficient organization which, as custodian of a high quality national qualifications framework puts the needs of learners at the centre of an open, responsive and integrated qualifications system which recognizes their competencies and enables them to develop to their fullest potential.


To develop and enhance a national qualifications framework that elevates and recognizes competencies whilst promoting quality education and training.

SQA Structure

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As stated in the Act the functions of the Authority are as follows:
  • to formulate and implement a national qualifications framework
  • to keep and maintain a register of recognised qualifications
  • to promote the quality and standards of education and training through a system of accreditation, validation and quality assurance
  • to review the policies and criteria on which the framework of qualifications will be based
  • to establish criteria for, and monitor the process of, recognition of competencies acquired outside of formal education and training
  • to evaluate and establish equivalence of foreign qualifications
  • to facilitate learners’ access to, and progression within, the national education and training system
  • to maintain a database on all providers within education and training
  • to promote international recognition of local qualifications
  • to ensure the protection of the interest of learners, and
  • to advise the Minister on matters relating to the functions of the authority


Related Links 

South Africa Qualifications Authority

Mauritius Qualifications Authority

Local Partners 

Click here to view various organizations that are involved in qualifications-related work.