You’ve received training to teach adults and are keen to put your knowledge to work. Now what? You can choose to go into academia as a lecturer teaching other students what is involved in being an ABET practitioner. Alternatively you can find employment in an organisation that cares enough out its employees to provide them with further education, or you can open your own ABET / FET centre. To comply with legislation, there are certain requirements if you choose this path.

Information booklet: Registration of Private Further Education and Training Colleges.
This is the 3rd edition of an information booklet provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training. This booklet consists of a number of responses that the Department has developed on the basis of questions frequently asked (FAQs) by private institutions, students, parents, employers,
banks and the media.

Registration as a private further education and training (FET) college
To offer National Qualifications Framework (NQF) full qualifications on levels 2 –4, you must register as a private FET college with the Department of Higher  Education and Training (DHET) in terms of the Further Education and Training Colleges Act, 2006 (Act No. 16 of 2006). FETs are public or private colleges that are established, declared or registered under the FET Colleges Act, 2006. The DHET has provided a downloadable information booklet describing registration of private FET colleges. Click here

Umalusi – Online accreditation
The Umalusi Council sets and monitors standards for general and further education and training in South Africa in accordance with the National Qualifications Framework Act No 67 of 2008 and the General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Act No 58 of 2001. This downloadable brochure from the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, takes you through the steps of applying for accreditation of your training centre. They provide a useful downloadable brochure describing the process involved in the application of accreditation with Umalusi.

Independant Examinations Board (IEB) ABET assessments

The IEB offers the following assessments:

  • AET national examinations twice a year in June and November
  • Examinations on Request (EoRs) for  AET levels 1 to 3 (Communication in English and Numeracy in English) and NQF Level 1 in Communication in English and Mathematical Literacy.
  • NQF Level 1 National examinations
  • NQF levels 2 – 4 Placement Assessments
  • Foundational Learning Competence

Email Pros suggest the following steps to become an accredited SETA training provider:

  1. The Training Provider determines the primary focus
  2. The SETA Quality Assurance Management Division requirements are compiled by the provider
  3. The Training Provider completes and submits an online application form for accreditation
  4. A compliance check is conducted by SETA and the provider receives a notification of compliance / non-compliance
  5. The Training Provider responds to the notification if necessary
  6. A site visit is scheduled and conducted by a SETA ETQA evaluator
  7. The evaluator sends his/her report to SETA
  8. The evaluation report is quality assured and the report indicating the status of accreditation is sent to the provider. Where applicable, areas of remediation will be detailed in the report.
  9. The Training Provider is required to respond to areas of remediation if necessary, and make the relevant submission.
  10. Confirm registration with the DHET