National Qualifications Framework (NQF) qualifications and unit standards
The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is the system that records the credits assigned to each level of learning achievement in a formal way to ensure that the skills and knowledge that have been learnt are recognised throughout the country.
The NQF is a set of principles and guidelines by which records of learner achievement are registered to enable national recognition of acquired skills and knowledge, thereby ensuring an integrated system that encourages life-long learning.
The objectives of the NQF are to:
These objectives are designed to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the nation at large.
You can search the SAQA qualifications database to find out what qualifications are available for each level, how many credits they are worth, and which service-providers offer this training.
Some qualifications are made of unit standards while others are based on modules. There are qualification rules for each qualification that specify the combination of unit standards and/or modules and their credits.
There are different credit values for the 3 different components (fundamental, core and elective).
There are unit standards to the value of 25 credits in the fundamental component. All the fundamental unit standards are compulsory.
Unit standards to the value of 91 credits have been included in this component. All the unit standards in the core component are compulsory.
The learner must choose elective unit standards totalling 22 credits from this component related to the business/ computer/ information technology field in which they operate.
The NQF is a single integrated system which comprises of 3 co-ordinated qualifications sub-frameworks, including the:
The sub-frameworks have qualifications registered at the following NQF levels:
There are 3 Quality Councils (QCs), namely:
You can search the SAQA unit standards database to find out more about unit standards.
Unit standards are shorter courses. They may take up to a day, a month or maybe even 3 months. For every credit you achieve in a unit standard, it is equivalent to 10 hours of learning.
Qualifications and part qualifications for registration on the NQF must:
a.) be recommended and submitted to SAQA for registration by a Quality Council (QC),
b.) comply with the criteria for registration,
c.) be written in English, and
d.) meet the criteria as laid down by the sub-framework for the qualification/part qualification type.
A certain number of credits are allocated to the successful completion of a registered qualification. If there are 120 credits in the qualification, you’ll have to complete the modules and courses in order to obtain the 120 credits.
- NQF: An Overview (Public Information)