Learning is recognised when a learner achieves the required number and range of credits at a specific level of the NQF. When a learner meets these requirements, he/she obtains a qualification.
The NSB Regulations (452 of 28 March 1998) describe qualifications as:

    • representing a planned combination of learning outcomes with a defined purpose or purposes, including applied competence and a basis for further learning
    • enriching the qualifying learner by providing status, recognition, creadentials and licensing: it improvies marketability and employability; and opens up routes to additional education and training.
    • benefiting society and the economy by enhancing citizenship, increasing social and exonomic productivity, providing specifically skilled and/or professional eople, and transforming and redressing pas inequities.
    • complying with the objectives of the NQF contained in section 2 of theAct
    • complying with the objectives of the NQF contained in section 2 of the
    • having both specific and critical cross-fiel outcomes that promote lifelong learning.
    where applicable, being internationally comparable
    • incorporating integrated assessment to ensure that the purpose of the qualification is achieved; a range of formative and summative assessment methods appropriate to the competence being assessed are used.
    • iproviding for the recognition of prior learning, including learning outcomes achieved through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experiance.