Frequently asked questions

What is SETA?

SETA is an acronym for Sector Education and Training Authority. With the establishment of the new government in 1994, the Departments of Labour and Education met to find a solution to the lack of formal education opportunities amongst the previously disadvantaged population group. A SETA is a statutory body that administers education and training with a particular sector of industry. There are 21 SETAs covering the different industry sectors.

What are the benefits of SETA accreditation?

Primary benefits:

  • Recognition that you are contributing to developing much needed skills across various sectors of the South African economy.
  • Credibility for you in the SA skills development market.
  • Training courses carry weight because they are accredited by SETA – an external body.

Secondary benefits:

  • The company receiving training from an accredited training provider, can claim back from the Skills Development Levy Fund.
  • Learners who complete an accredited training course are registered on the national skills database (NLRD) and can work towards a full qualification.
  • Organisations using accredited training companies earn BEE points.
  • Training providers can use their SETA logo on their marketing material.


What is a unit standard?

National certificates have been divided into the smallest possible collection of criteria. These criteria are the minimum standards that all accredited training providers must adhere to in terms of SA’s National Qualification Framework Act of 2009. A unit standard is awarded credits and is set on different levels on the National Qualification Framework. Learners who complete a number of unit standards through an accredited training provider obtain a certificate or a diploma  on which they can build further qualifications


What is our role in getting you accredited?

The process of accreditation is twofold :   the organisational verification and the programme accreditation.

Organisational verification:

The organisational side of the accreditation process will be your responsibility. We can help ensure that you have all the correct documents but you will have to apply for them and make sure that they are available. These documents include:

  • Company registration documents
  • Current tax clearance certificate
  • Business plan
  • Vision and mission statements
  • Auditor’s report
  • Financial policy
  • Company organogram

Programme accreditation:

We assist you with everything required for your programme accreditation which we guarantee.(See Our Services page). In the process of programme development your role can be as big or as small as you want it to be. Some providers already have most of the documentation; some providers like to assist with the process; some providers prefer not to have any part in the process as it distracts from their core business, therefore they leave it up to us to finalise. Whichever you prefer we will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Where do I get more information?

Contact us or visit your SETA website.