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ETDQA Overview

The ETQA Unit of the ETDP SETA is formally accredited by SAQA in accordance with the SAQA Act (Act 58 of 1995).

Overall Objective

Ensure that education and training systems, processes, procedures and qualifications are in place to ensure that high quality education and training is available in the education sector as per the relevant pieces of legislation.

Function of ETQA

The ETQA Unit amongst other responsibilities is responsible for the following:

  • Ensure continuous quality improvement of education and training through the accreditation, monitoring, auditing and moderation of work-based, public and private providers;
  • Register assessors and moderators;
  • Undertake capacity-building interventions for accredited providers to meet the ETDP SETA, NSDS and the NQF objectives;
  • Maintain a learner management system compatible with the National Learner Record Database (NLRD), which is administered by SAQA; and
  • Certificate learner achievements.

The primary purpose of the ETQA Unit is to monitor and audit the achievement of standards by:

  • Strengthening quality assurance through review, research and development of appropriate and relevant quality assurance policies and processes;
  • Ensuring that all accredited providers are delivering the quality of provisioning for which they are accredited, through a comprehensive accreditation, monitoring and auditing process;
  • Identifying and facilitate the generation of qualifications and unit standards in the ETD sector, and submit to SAQA for registration on the NQF;
  • Accreditation of constituent education and training providers for specific standards or qualifications registered on the NQF;
  • Evaluation of learning programmes;
  • Quality assurance of learner achievements;
  • Improving the quality and relevance of education and training in the sector;
  • Establish and maintain a database by recording learner achievement;
  • Registration of constituent assessors; and
  • Support Provider Development


Accreditation is the certification, usually for a certain period of time of a body or an institution, as having the capacity to fulfil a particular function within the quality assurance system set up by SAQA in terms of the SAQA Act, 1995. SAQA accredits all Education and Training Quality Assurance bodies (ETQA's) who in turn accredit Education and Training Providers.

There are a number of advantages of becoming an accredited provider, including that the overall quality of education and training provision in South African is raised and maintained at a consistently high level. This means that the clients who use the services of that Education and Training Provider can be sure that the Provider complies with the required standards for learning and assessment services. It also means that all learners can be assured of a quality learning experience and that the credits and qualifications they achieve through the education and training service will be nationally and internationally recognised.

In addition, only accredited Education and Training Providers are able to deliver education and training that leads to nationally registered Unit Standards and Qualifications. Accreditation therefore provides Education and Training Providers with a valuable tool with which they can market their services to potential clients.

Who should apply for accreditation at the ETDP SETA

Providers who qualify for accreditation with ETDP SETA include those Providers who primarily offers programmes based on the qualifications and/or unit standards in the primary focus of ETDP SETA. The primary focus of the ETDP SETA includes the following areas:

  • Development Practitioners
  • Early Childhood Development Practitioners
  • ABET Practitioners
  • Occupationally Directed ETD Practitioners
  • Community Development Practice
  • Environmental Educators
  • Educators in Schooling
  • Assessor standards
  • Environmental Education
  • Development Work Standards
  • Educational Management Standards
  • Addressing Barriers to Learning/Inclusive Education
  • Braille Practice
  • Orientation / Mobility practice for blind & partially sighted persons
  • Trade Union Practice
  • Youth Development
  • Library Practice

Providers that are accredited by another ETQA but wish to offer education, training and development standards and qualifications belonging to ETDP SETA will be required to apply to have their programmes evaluated by the ETDQA for accreditation purposes.

For all ETDQA related matters, please contact your local Provincial Office. Each Provincial Office has an ETDQA Officer who is ready to be of service to you. For your Provincial Office contact details, 
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