College SA is a Distance Learning Private College that offers Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). TVET colleges used to be known as Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges. The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, announced in January 2014 that all FET colleges had to be called TVET colleges.

Department of Higher Education and Training Registration

The Further Education and Training Colleges Act (Act 16 of 2006) says that providers of education must register with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), if they intend to offer National Qualifications (qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework) that have an NQF Level of 2, 3 or 4.

College SA is proud to be compliant with this legislation, and we are Provisionally Registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Our DHET Provisional Registration Number is: 2009/FE07/099


If a private provider wants to offer one or more National Qualifications, then that private provider needs to get accreditation to offer those qualifications.

Private providers need to be accredited with one or more Quality Assurance Bodies:

The Quality Assurance Bodies

  • Any 1 of the three Quality Councils (Umalusi, CHE, QCTO)
  • Any delegated Quality Assurer of any of the 3 Quality Councils.

With which Quality Assurance Bodies is College SA accredited?


Umalusi is the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training.

Umalusi accredits private providers of education and training (like College SA), as well as private assessment bodies, to offer tuition and/or assessment for qualification(s) on the General and Further Education and Training Qualification Framework. 

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 (Act 67 of 2008), and the General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Act (Act 58 of 2001).

Umalusi has accredited College SA for the following Qualifications that are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF):



National Certificate: N1 Engineering Studies


National Certificate: N2 Engineering Studies


National Certificate: N3 Engineering Studies



College SA’s Umalusi Accreditation Number is: 15 FET02 00025.

The names of accredited institutions are listed on Umalusi’s website, which may be accessed on:


FASSET is the SETA for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services. The Financial and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority form part of an initiative to identify and address skills shortages in South Africa. Their focus is on the financial, accounting and auditing professions.

Their objective is to “expand knowledge and competencies of the labour force by improving employability and productivity; they provide accreditation to programmes of study that address their objective.

FASSET also hosts and facilitates Workplace Skills Workshops that further train employers and employees within the financial, accounting and auditing professions.

College SA has been accredited by the ICB to offer a variety of FASSET-accredited national qualifications.

  • The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)

College SA is an accredited provider of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). The ICB offers National Qualifications in the following fields of study:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Public Sector Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Office Administration

The ICB National Qualifications, registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), for which College SA is accredited are as follows:


Qualification Title

NQF Level



Certificate: Public Sector Accounting




Diploma: Public Sector Accounting




National Diploma: Financial Accounting




Certificate: Office Administration




Higher Certificate: Office Administration




Diploma: Office Administration




National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting




National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management




National Certificate: Bookkeeping




FET Certificate: Bookkeeping




When you pass you will have a(n):

  • Nationally accredited qualification
  • Professionally recognised certificate
  • Opportunity to become a part of a professional network
  • Opportunity to build on your qualification and further your education and training
  • Opportunity to attend Workplace Skills workshops (this is open to professionals in the bookkeeping and accounting sector regardless of their qualifications)

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants (ICBA)

The ICB has a sister organisation called the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants (ICBA). The ICBA is a professional body for bookkeepers, accountants, office administrators and financial managers in Southern Africa.

The ICBA awards designations for people who hold recognised, registered qualifications and relevant work experience – while working to improve the perception and professionalism of our field.

The ICBA welcomes members who have ICB qualifications, as well as NQF-registered qualifications from other professional bodies and accredited tuition providers. Learners who are studying towards one of these qualifications are also welcome to join the ICBA as student members.

As an ICBA member, you can apply to update the letters (the designation) after your name based on new qualifications and/or work experience.

The South African Board for People Practices (SABPP)

The South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) is an accredited Learning and Quality Assurance Body (LQA) by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).

College SA is accredited by the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) to offer the following National Qualification, registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

College SA’s accreditation with the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) can be verified by contacting the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP):

Telephone  (011) 045 5400, or Website -


The National Qualification for which we are SABPP-accredited is:


Qualification Title

NQF Level


National Diploma: Human Resource Management and Practices. Learning Programme Number 49692. Credits: 249.



Other Accredited / Recognised Courses that We Offer


CIMA is the world's largest and leading professional body for Management Accountants. 

CIMA is committed to elevating the profession and works closely with employers - updating their qualifications, professional experience requirements and continuing professional development programme to ensure their continuing relevance to business. 

College SA is an accredited CIMA Tuition Provider.

College SA offers the following industry-recognised CIMA course:

  • CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

Chartered Global Management Accountant™ (CGMA®) is the global designation for management accountants. As a CIMA member, you automatically qualify for the designation and can use the letters CGMA after your name.

Please note, in order to get the letters behind your name, you need to complete your strategic case study exam, and, have a certain amount of relevant work experience.



Microsoft is an international company and one of the biggest names in information technology. Their qualifications, training programmes and products are well-trusted by employers and businesses and have become the de facto standard world-wide.

They offer internationally-recognised information technology qualifications that train students for careers in information technology and development. They continuously update and develop their study programmes to keep up with technological advances and they ensure that the exams are “industry-proven and recognised”.

Microsoft connects a network of Microsoft certified professionals and offers continuous support for IT professionals to develop and expand their skills.

We offer:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Trade Associate
  • MCSD
  • MCSA
  • MCSE

What does Microsoft mean to you?

When you pass you will have a(n):

  • International certification
  • Industry endorsed certification
  • Opportunity to become a part of a professional network
  • Opportunity to build on your qualification and further your education and training
  • Certification which is in line with current technological advancements

For more information visit:


CompTIA is the (international) IT Industry Trade Association. 

CompTIA advances the global interests of IT professionals and they enable IT professionals to be more successful by developing and offering industry-leading IT Certifications, IT business credentials and education.

College SA offers the following CompTIA courses:

The A+ Certification is the starting point for an IT Career. Students will learn about the maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems, and printers.

This Networking Certification will teach and validate essential knowledge and skills needed to design, configure, manage, and troubleshoot any wired and wireless network groups.

What does CompTIA mean to you?

When you pass you will have a(n):

  • Internationally recognised certification
  • Industry endorsed certification
  • Opportunity to become a part of a professional network
  • Opportunity to build on your qualification and further your education and training

For more information visit:

Provider Programmes (Non-Accredited-Courses)

The courses that aren’t accredited are called provider programmes. This means that a college has developed its own curriculum and study material for certain courses; the curriculum is still guided by industry standards and needs, but set at a level that is easier to understand and is a lot cheaper. These courses address the need for skills development and training; for the purpose of self-enrichment, career development and self-employment.

Important Information about Provider Programmes:

  • A provider programme has absolutely no external accreditation and it has no link to any professional body.
  • Provider programme courses will give our students knowledge and skills that they might need for current or future jobs or hobbies.  
  • Students are welcome to mention their provider programmes on their CV. [Most employers would be happy to see current or potential employees who show interest in improving their skills and knowledge].  
  • A provider programme course is often shorter in study length than a full national qualification.
  • A provider programme course is often more affordable than accredited qualifications.

What does a College SA Provider Programme mean to you?

You can:

  • Broaden your skills and knowledge
  • Add a theoretical component to CV
  • Strengthen your practical knowledge
  • Use this as an opportunity for self-enrichment and development

We offer:

  • College SA offers a variety of provider programme courses suited to a variety of interests.