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The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is the system that records levels of learning achievement to ensure that the skills and knowledge that have been learned are recognised throughout the country.

There are eight levels on the NQF. These levels are divided into three bands:

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND UNIT STANDARDS

A qualification is a formal recognition of the learning that has been achieved. Subject to SAQA approval, a qualification can be registered on the NQF at a specific level. A certain number of credits are allocated to the successful completion of a registered qualification.

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.

Unit standards are also registered at specific levels of the NQF. You can accumulate credits for successfully completed unit standards towards a qualification.

You can search the SAQA unit standards database to find out more about unit standards.

An example of how to use the Searchable Database of Qualifications and Unit Standards

To find all the unit standards at NQF Level 7 with the word ‘manag’ in their titles:

  • Click on “Search for a unit standard”.
  • In the Unit Standard Title field, type only the fragment “manag”.
  • In the NQF Level drop-down list, choose “Level 7”.
  • Leave everything else blank and click on “Go”.

This will show you all the unit standards at Level 7 with “manage” or “managing” or “management” in their titles. You can then choose which ones you want to see in full, and click on each of these in turn (going Back in between looking at each).

To find all qualifications on Education, Training and Development (NSB 05):

  • Click on “Search for a qualification”.
  • Choose NSB 05 – Education, Training and Development from the NSB drop-down list.
  • Leave everything else blank and click on “Go”.

To refine the latter search, finding only qualifications on early childhood development:
Click on Refine search. This will take you back to the page that contains your most recent search criteria, and these will still be present. Keep the existing search criteria as they are. In addition, type the fragment “early childhood” in the Qualification Title block.

Leave everything else blank and click on “Go”.

See also the “Frequently Asked Questions”, and “More Help”.