The education industry contains a maze of terms and acronyms that can be difficult to navigate. We’ve compiled a glossary of some of the most commonly used terms to help you make sense of it all. Simply click on the terms below to reveal their definitions!
SAQA is responsible for developing and implementing the NQF. All national qualifications need to be registered with SAQA and will receive its own unique verifiable SAQA ID.
Starting in 2012 already, public FET colleges have started to change their names to TVET colleges under the direction of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). This was because the DHET wanted to bring the South African educational system in line with international trends and standards. TVET stands for ‘technical and vocational education and training’. It is an international educational term that is applied to certain post-school educational institutes.
The QCTO oversees the design, implementation, assessment and certification of occupational qualifications. Their role is to assist and guide service providers who want to offer accredited national qualifications. We offer a number QCTO accredited courses at N4 – N6 level. Click here to view them!
Umalusi is the council quality assures and also oversees the management and development of qualifications at general and further education and training level. At Oxbridge Academy, for example, Umalusi accredits N1 – N3 Engineering Studies.
SAQA recognises Saiosh as an official professional body to register OHS practitioners in South Africa. The organisation is committed to preventing and reducing workplace incidents. By registering with Saiosh, OHS practitioners can demonstrate their competence to employers, clients and peers. Several of Oxbridge Academy’s OHS courses are accredited by Saiosh, meaning that they adhere to the highest industry standards.
ISO develops and publishes international standards for various fields. ISO courses focus on environmental management systems within OHS. They give students an understanding of how to manage a company’s environmental responsibilities, such as complying with regulations and minimising impacts on the environment.
IOSH is the world’s largest health and safety membership organisation. IOSH offers several short courses which are ideal for people who want basic overviews of aspects related to health and safety in the workplace.
NEBOSH offers globally recognised health, safety and environmental qualifications. NEBOSH courses currently attract around 50 000 candidates per year, in 120 countries. After completing a NEBOSH course, students will be able to register for an exam in order to achieve their certificate.
CompTIA is one of the world’s leading tech associations and offers a variety of internationally-recognised certification programmes. CompTIA A+ courses are an ideal way to start a career in IT, giving you fundamental knowledge of IT skills across various devices and operating systems. There are also more specialised CompTIA courses available in IT networks and security. After completing a preparation course with Oxbridge Academy, you qualify to write the CompTIA exams.
These are qualifications that are listed on the NQF and will earn you a National Certificate recognised by SAQA. They are recognised and highly-valued by most employers in South Africa, as they equip you with vocational skills to prepare you for the workplace. View our list of national qualifications here.