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Verify Institutions, Training Providers, Matric or Certificates in South Africa

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Students, parents and learners to be extra careful and guard against being conned by bogus institutions when registering through Higher Education Institutions.

For years‚ many students, parents and learners have found themselves paying hefty amounts of money to non-existing schools..

Students, parents and learners need to make sure that schools where they register their children are fully registered with the South African Qualifications Authority and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

To do this‚ students are advised to check the registration certificate of that institution.

This certificate‚ issued by the DHET‚ must be able to clearly show all the programmes each institution is accredited to offer.

If there is a programme that is not included in that certificate but which the institution promises to offer‚ students must know that they are being conned.

A list of all the names of institutions that are fully registered and operating legally is available at on the links below:

Universities : Click here

Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) : Click here

HESA(Higher Education of South Africa): Click here

Through the different SETA’s – for Training Providers : Click here

To verify your matric

To verify your matric:

If the certificate was issued in September 1992 or later, please contact Umalusi on 012 349 1510 or . (Their fee varies from case to case.)

If the certificate was issued before September 1992, it can be verified by the Department of Basic Education on 012 357 3900, or any Provincial Department of Education. (They all currently charge from R20 to R40 for this service.)

Verify learner achievements of qualifications

Learners can request a full report at no cost directly from SAQA by forwarding an e-mail with your National ID number and full names to . You will receive a transcript of all the information on your learning enrolments and achievements that is on the NLRD.

For verifications concerning a third party, an agreement needs to be signed first. E-mail: for a copy of the agreement.

Additional support can also be requested from the relevant SETA on the link below.

Verify courses have credit towards a Qualification

You can verify your educational Qualifications on the National Learners` Records Database (NLRD) at the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). If you check your own information, you receive the full record of what the NLRD holds concerning you. Should there be no information, you can contact the NQF and Career Advice Services on with scanned copies of your certificates for further information. (as per information sent by NLRD)