Qualifications and Programmes
Private providers generally offer three main types of qualifications, namely:
- National Qualifications (Qualifications registered on the NQF)
- Provider Programmes (Their own programmes which are non-formal
- Agent Qualifications (Qualifications offered on behalf of a foreign awarding body)
- National Qualifications
National Qualifications are formal qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), which is a centralized register of all the nationally recognized qualifications in South Africa. National qualifications are developed and quality assured by Quality Councils, namely Umalusi, the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), under which all the SETAs fall.
Some providers offer qualifications and programmes on behalf of professional or foreign awarding bodies. Some of these qualifications are national qualifications registered on the NQF while others are not, and some are foreign qualifications. The provider acts as an agent of the professional or awarding body. Examples include the NEBOSH courses we offer as a licensee for ASTUTIS ranging from certificate to diploma qualifications.
National qualifications carry national credits and are certificated by the Quality Councils and in the case of higher education by universities, but NOT by a provider. Examples of such qualifications are the SETA controlled National Certificates and National Diplomas in OHS as well as the QCTO Occupational Certificate for OHS Practitioners which we offer.
Provider Programmes are usually designed to address specific education, training and development needs that may not necessarily be addressed by National Qualifications, for example courses for self-enrichment, continuous professional development, self- employment, or orientation to a specific career.
OHSAfrica is an approved QCTO Service Development Provider to offer the Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner Qualification.
OHSAfrica offers various CPD Credit bearing short courses approved by SAIOSH.