Accreditation and Registration at Matric College

Accreditation and Registration at Matric College

Matric College is not Registered with the Department of Higher Education.

The Adult Matric course we offer is not Accredited.

There is no accreditation and/or registration process for institutions offering only the Adult Matric course.

You write exams set by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

You write your exams at Centres approved by the DHET for matric exams.

And you get your Matric Certificate from Umalusi, exactly the same as the matrics who are at school.

Why is the College not Registered with DHET (the Department of Higher Education)?

There is no Registration process or requirement for an institution that offers tuition, study materials and help towards achieving the Adult Matric qualification.

You will see that Home School organisations, Distance Learning Colleges and Tutoring organisations that assist students towards getting their Adult Matric, are not registered with the DHET or Umalusi for Adult Matric.

Only full-time schools are required to register as a school with Umalusi as well as DHET. If a child is homeschooled, then there is also a requirement that the child is registered for homeschooling with the Provincial Department of Education.

Which institutions must be registered with the DHET?

Any private education provider offering Higher Education qualifications, or offering Umalusi qualifications, MUST be registered with the DHET. This means organizations offering N1 to N3 studies (Umalusi) or offering National Certificates or National Diplomas (CHE) must be registered with the DHET.

An educational institution offering courses accredited by a SETA or by the QCTO, cannot register with the Department of Higher Education, as per this communication in the Government Gazette.

Why are some institutions NOT registered with DHET, but they DO have a DHET Exam Number?

For some QCTO accredited programmes (NATED N4, N5, N6 Programmes), the exams are set and managed by the Department of Higher Education. For these courses, colleges must get an exam number from the DHET Exams Division.

Thus some (FET or TVET) colleges will have an exam number from DHET (for the NATED Programmes), but they won’t have DHET Registration (since such registration is not possible under current rules).

Why is the Adult Matric course not Accredited?

There is no Accreditation process or requirement for the Adult Matric course for institutions that offer study materials and help towards achieving the Adult Matric qualification.

You will see that Home School organisations, Distance Learning Colleges and Tutoring organisations that assist students towards getting their Adult Matric, are not Accredited with Umalusi for Adult Matric.

How do I check the Registration of Colleges and the Accreditation of their Courses?

Registration of Colleges

Until January this year, ALL colleges offering courses accredited by a SETA, Umalusi or the CHE (Council on Higher Education) had to register with the DHET (Department of Higher Education and Training).

This changed when early in February 2020, the rules regarding the Registration of Private Education and Training Providers were changed. See this Government Gazette for the details.

In short, the change was that:

 Previously all private colleges offering qualifications or part-qualifications HAD TO Register with the DHET,

  • Now colleges offering qualifications or part-qualifications CANNOT Register with the DHET.

If a college offers a CHE accredited qualification

These are for colleges offering degrees, higher certificates and diplomas.

If you want to check the validity of a college offering a qualification that is accredited by the CHE (Council on Higher Education), then you can check if that college is on this accreditation list.

You can find the college name on the list, and next to that the courses for which they are accredited.

Here is the list online: https://www.dhet.gov.za/SitePages/DocRegisters.aspx

If a college offers an Umalusi accredited qualification

These are for colleges offering N1 to N3 National Certificate, as well as FET Certificates.

The easiest way to check the validity of and Umalusi Accredited Private Education Institution, is to check online, here: https://www.umalusi-online.org.za/enquiries

If you want to check the validity of a college offering a qualification that is accredited by Umalusi, then you can check if that college is on this accreditation list.

Here is the list online: https://www.dhet.gov.za/SitePages/DocRegisters.aspx

What does “qualifications or part-qualifications” mean?

These are courses or subjects that are:

  • Registered on the NQF (National Qualifications Framework),
  • Accredited by a SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority), OR
  • Accredited by the QCTO (Quality Council for Trades and Occupations), OR
  • Accredited by Umalusi, OR
  • Accredited by the CHE (Council on Higher Education)

Accreditation of Courses

Course accreditation falls under one of three organisations.

CHE

Qualifications that are higher than Matric, and which are not Occupational or Trade qualifications, fall under the CHE for accreditation.

So if you see that a course is described as “Accredited by the CHE”, or if a course is described as a “Higher Education Qualification”, then you should be able to find proof of CHE accreditation.

You can find all colleges that have CHE accredited courses, (and who are also DHET Registered), on the list here:  https://www.dhet.gov.za/SitePages/DocRegisters.aspx

Umalusi

Matric, as well as N1, N2 and N3 (old) qualifications, fall under Umalusi for accreditation.

The easiest way to check the course accreditation of an Umalusi Accredited Private Education Institution, is to check online, here: https://www.umalusi-online.org.za/enquiries

Colleges on this list are also Registered with the DHET.

QCTO

Occupational and Trade qualifications are accredited by the QCTO (Quality Council for Trades and Occupations). All SETA qualifications also fall under the QCTO.

You can find all QCTO accredited colleges on the QCTO website here: https://www.qcto.org.za/accredited-skills-developent-providers

Some SETAs also list all their accredited providers. You can find a list of all SETAs here: https://www.skillsacademy.co.za/list-of-setas/

DHET Exams for NATED Courses

There are a number of colleges who are properly accredited by the QCTO for the NATED courses.

The EXAMS for these courses are created and managed by the DHET Exams Division.

So these colleges HAVE to get their DHET Exam Number for the NATED courses, before they are fully approved to offer these courses.

What are the NATED courses?

The NATED courses are the (old) Technikon courses. They are numbered N4, N5 and N6. At N6 level you can get a National Diploma. Academically a National Diploma is one level below a degree.

Read more about the NATED courses (National Diploma Courses), here.

 

I ONLY want to do an Accredited course with a Registered College!

If you want to study an Accredited course, with a College that is Accredited or Registered to offer that course, then have a look at these colleges and courses which we have checked to make sure that the colleges and courses we list are properly accredited.

Bellview Institute of Distance Learning

Skills Academy is accredited and recognised by the ICB, CIMA  as well as the QCTO. It has achieved its exam number from the Department of Higher Education. Find their complete course list here.

If you do not have Matric, then choose from these Accredited courses

  1. ICB Bookkeeping and Accounting Courses
  2. ICB Office Administration Courses
  3. ICB Public Sector Accounting Courses
  4. ICB Business Management Courses
  5. ICB Entrepreneurship Courses

The Learning Group

Ember Academy

Ember Academy has been accredited by the ICB as well as FASSET and the QCTO. Find their complete courses list here.

Author: Jan Badenhorst, CEO, Matric College
Date Published: 4 August 2020