Accredited And Non-Accredited Courses at College SA

What Is the Difference Between an Accredited and Non-Accredited Course?

College SA offers two types of courses, accredited and non-accredited. To decide which course best suits your educational goals, you first have to understand the difference between the two.

What is an accredited course?

An accredited course is a learning programme that meets industry standards and is recognised on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). This qualification will equip you with a high-quality education and is recognised by employers and other institutes.

College SA offers nationally and internationally accredited courses. The institutes that accredit our courses include:

  • Umalusi
  • QCTO
  • ICB
  • CIMA

Our accredited courses include Accounting and Bookkeeping, Business Management and Office Administration, HR Management, Technical/Engineering Studies, Occupational Health and Safety and Computer courses.

Will I get a job with an accredited qualification?

It is important to know an accredited qualification does not necessarily guarantee you a job. However, it improves your employment opportunities. Because these courses are recognised, you stand a greater chance of being considered for a job than someone who studied a non-accredited course. 

Why study an accredited course?

  • You will have a professional qualification
  • It will make you more employable
  • Your qualification could put you in a higher earning bracket
  • It will enable you to enrol for other accredited and recognised qualifications (possibly degrees)
  • The education and skills you will gain is of high quality
  • An accredited qualification will increase your chances of getting a good job, build a career and achieve success.  

What is a non-accredited course?

A non-accredited course is a learning programme that is not recognised on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). It is also not connected to an external accreditation body. Non-accredited courses focus on equipping you with a specific skillset. It is great for learning a new skill or improving an existing skillset and will add value to your CV, allowing you to apply for a job.

College SA offers a variety of non-accredited courses, also known as provider programmes. These programmes have been developed by the college and will prepare you for the workplace.

Why study a non-accredited course?

  • It is more affordable than accredited qualifications
  • There are no exams
  • You do not need a Matric to study non-accredited courses
  • It will add value to your CV
  • You can gain a new skillset in a short time
  • You will be able to apply for jobs

As you can see, both accredited and non-accredited courses are valuable. However, before choosing a course, you have to establish what you want to achieve career-wise. If you want to pursue a professional career with possible credentials behind your name, an accredited course will be sufficient. If your goal is to get a job in a specific field, then a non-accredited course could equip you with the needed knowledge and skills. 

Tip: Before enrolling for a course, check what the industry requirements are. If a skills certificate is sufficient, then you can enrol for a non-accredited course. If you require a recognised credit-bearing certificate or diploma, you have to enrol for an accredited qualification