Criteria for the Registration of Qualifications and Part Qualifications on the NQF

1. Qualifications and part qualifications for registration on the NQF must:
a. Be recommended and submitted to SAQA for registration by a Quality Council
b. Comply with the Criteria for registration
c. Be written in English
d. Meet the criteria as laid down by the Sub-framework for the qualification/part qualification type.

2. Qualifications and part qualifications for registration must be submitted in the following format:

a. Title
The qualification title must comply with the qualification type description provided for in the relevant Sub-framework of the NQF
b. Sub-framework
The Sub-framework on which the qualification is to be registered must be provided
c. Field and Sub-Field [this may include, where applicable, the Classification of Educational Subject
Matter (CESM) category and/or Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO) code]
d. Level of the Qualification
The published level descriptors must be used to help determine the level of the qualification. The level of a part qualification may be at the same level as the parent qualification or at a level within the range allowed for in the qualification type
e. Credits
The credits must be calculated on the basis of one (1) credit is equal to ten (10) notional hours of learning. The minimum credit allocation for a qualification must comply with the requirements for the qualification type as determined within the relevant Sub-framework of the NQF
f. Rationale
The rationale should:
i. Provide details of the reasoning that led to identifying the need for the qualification

    ii. Indicate how the qualification meets specific needs in the sector for which it is developed.
    Details of consultation with a recognised professional body or industry body must be provided in respect of the need
    iii. Identify the range of typical learners and indicate the occupations, jobs or areas of activity in which the qualifying learners will operate
    iv. Indicate the learning pathway where the qualification resides
    v. Indicate how the qualification will provide benefits to the learner, society and the economy. g. Purpose
    i. The purpose should describe the context of the qualification or part qualification and what it is intended to achieve in the national, professional and/or career context
    ii. The purpose statement should capture what the qualifying learner will know and be able to do on achievement of the qualification or part qualification. The Exit Level Outcomes must be linked to the purpose of the qualification. Graduate attributes may be used where appropriate.

h. Rules of Combination
There must be coherence between the constituent parts of the qualification
i. Entry Requirements
The minimum entry requirements to the qualification must be stated. The entry requirements should be aligned to the approved institutional/provider admissions policies
j. Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Assessment Criteria
[list]i. The exit level outcomes, which are framed against the level descriptors, should indicate what the learner will be able to do and know as a result of completing the qualification or part qualification. These competencies relate directly to the competencies required for the further learning and/or the work for which the qualification or part qualification was designed
ii. Associated assessment criteria are written for the qualification or part qualification to indicate the nature and level of the assessment associated with the qualification or part qualification and how the exit level outcomes could be assessed in an integrated way. The criteria can be given as a comprehensive set derived from the level descriptors./list]
k. International Comparability
A statement on how the qualification compares with or relates to similar qualifications or best practices or standards offered in other parts of the world must be given. The Quality Councils will apply this in a manner appropriate to their relevant sector and Sub-framework. Qualifications that are internationally comparable could assist in determining the articulation possibilities of the qualification with qualifications in other national and regional qualification frameworks
l. Integrated Assessment
The assessment undertaken to determine the learners’ applied competence and successful completion of learning in the qualification must be stated. This could include reference to formative and summative assessment; ratio of assignment work to academic examinations; the role of work integrated learning; other forms of integrated learning; and its assessment
m. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Institutional RPL policies must clearly state how RPL will be applied to gain entry to or achieve the qualification. The RPL policies of the Quality Councils and/or providers must be made available to SAQA upon such request. The RPL policies of education, training and development providers must be aligned to the national SAQA RPL Policy
n. Articulation
A statement describing the horizontal, vertical and diagonal articulation possibilities within the relevant Sub-framework and between Sub-frameworks, must be provided, where appropriate.

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