Frequently asked Questions - College SA

Often students have concerns and questions before they
decide to register for a course.

We’ve answered some of the questions most frequently asked:

You can apply either via phone or by completing an online application form. Either way, you will speak to one of our Educational Planners to make sure that you qualify for the course and that it suits your educational requirements.

Your application for college can only be accepted once we receive the following documents from you:

  • A completed and signed registration form

  • Proof of payment of your registration fee (R950)

  • Completed debit order form/mandate (The person that will be paying for your studies)

  • Copy of your ID/Book of Life

  • Copy of your highest qualification/school grade passed.

Please note, to receive your first batch of study material, you must pay your registration fee, plus your first monthly instalment upfront.

  • Anyone over the age of 16 can enrol for a non-accredited course.

  • Anyone with a Grade 10 school certificate, regardless of their age, can apply for a non-accredited course.

  • Some of our accredited courses may require a Grade 10, Grade 11, or Grade 12

  • You must also be able to read and write English.

All our study material is written in English, and all assignments must be completed in English. Since you will be studying via distance learning, you will not attend face-to-face classes, so you will not have a lecturer that will be able to translate concepts into your mother tongue. Our support staff provide subject matter support in English.

Our courses have various entry requirements. For example, the entrance requirements for an accredited course will be higher than the entrance requirements for a non-accredited course.

Before submitting your application for an accredited bookkeeping and accounting course, ensure that you meet the entrance requirements. You can also speak with one of our Educational Planners to confirm whether you meet the entrance requirements.

Our non-accredited courses build on each other, which means that you will always start with the entry-level course. All our non-accredited entry-level courses require the following:

  • Grade 10, passed.

  • Learners must be at least 16 years of age.

  • The ability to read and write English.

No, our courses do not require pre-registration. At College SA, we believe students should be able to sign up for a course whenever they want to. Therefore our college registration is open all year round.

You also do not have to worry about standing in queues to enrol for college. Our college applications are done online, via email, or telephone. For more information regarding course registration, fill in the form on our website or call us on 0861 663 663.

College SA is a distance learning college, which means we do not offer any face-to-face classes. This means that we do not have to worry about class space.

We courier your study material right to your door and you complete your studies from the comfort of your own home.

Upon registration, each student is required to pay a R950 registration fee upfront. The R950 registration fee applies to all courses. After that, you will be required to pay your course either upfront, in monthly instalments or per subject. For a detailed course fees list, visit our College SA Course Fees page.

Pay the full course fee upfront – When you choose to pay upfront, you must pay the full course fee by point of enrolment. Discount for the R950 registration fee will be given if a full payment is made (no registration fee). We will send you all your study material once payment is confirmed and you are enrolled.

Pay in monthly instalments – When you choose the monthly instalment option, you must pay the R950 registration upon registration. Your first monthly instalment must also be paid upfront to activate your studies. Please note that our courses have different monthly instalments. If you are unsure what the instalment will be for the course you are applying for, speak to one of our Educational Planners. Monthly instalments will only be accepted via debit order.

Banking Details:
Optimi College (Pty) Ltd
Acc No: 62624242351
Branch: 250655
Use your student number as reference (NB)

We are a private TVET College and currently do not offer any bursaries (outside any promotions) or financial support.

As a private TVET College, we also do not accept NSFAS.

We are a fully distance learning institution; we DO NOT offer face-to-face classes. You study from the comfort of your own home.

  • For accredited courses you would need to approach SAQA and submit your highest qualification for evaluation against South African standards.

  • If living in South Africa, we would need a permit from Home Affairs, and you should have an active South African bank account.

  • If you are living outside South African Borders, we will need to make an alternative payment arrangement. Please be aware that there will be extra charges for delivery of study material.

College SA have been offering distance learning education to South African students for over 14 years. We know the struggles that go with furthering your studies and how difficult it can be when you must do it all by yourself. This is why we offer excellent student support.

You can get in contact with a lecturer or support team member via phone or email.

Phone: 0861 663 663


Remember, our team of Educational Planners are always available and ready to help you complete your college application form.

Complete the form on our website or give us a call.

We are available from 08:00 – 17:00 Monday to Thursday, and 08:00 – 16:00 on Fridays.

Banking Details are as follows:
Name: Optimi College (Pty) Ltd
Bank: FNB
Acc No: 62624242351
Branch: 250655
Use your student number as reference (NB)