Overview of the ETQA
The ETQA Unit of the LGSETA is formally accredited by SAQA in accordance with the SAQA Act (Act 58 of 1995).
To ensure that education and training systems, processes, procedures and qualifications are in place to ensure that high-quality education and training is available in the education sector as per the relevant pieces of legislation.
Functions of the ETQA
The ETQA unit is responsible for, among others:
- Ensuring continuous quality improvement of education and training through the accreditation, monitoring, auditing and moderation of work-based, public and private providers;
- Registering assessors and moderators;
- Undertaking capacity-building interventions for accredited providers to meet the LGSETA, NSDS and NQF objectives;
- Maintaining a learner management system compatible with the National Learner Record Database (NLRD), which is administered by SAQA
- Certification of learner achievements.
The primary purpose of the ETQA Unit is to monitor and audit the achievement of standards by:
- Strengthening quality assurance through review, research and development of appropriate and relevant quality assurance policies and processes;
- Ensuring that all accredited providers are delivering the quality of provisioning for which they are accredited, through a comprehensive accreditation, monitoring and auditing process
- Identifying and facilitating the generation of qualifications and unit standards in the ETD sector, and submit to SAQA for registration on the NQF;
- Accrediting constituent education and training providers for specific standards or qualifications registered on the NQF;
- Evaluating learning programmes;
- Assuring the quality of learner achievements;
- Improving the quality and relevance of education and training in the sector;
- Establishing and maintaining a database by recording learner achievement;
- Registering constituent assessors;
- Support Provider Development.
Accreditation is the certification, usually for a certain period of time of a body or an institution, as having the capacity to fulfil a particular function within the quality assurance system set up by SAQA in terms of the SAQA Act, 1995. SAQA accredits all Education and Training Quality Assurance bodies (ETQAs) who, in turn, accredit Education and Training Providers.
There are a number of advantages to becoming an accredited provider, including that the overall quality of education and training provision in South African is raised and maintained at a consistently high level. This means that the clients who use the services of that Education and Training Provider can be sure that the Provider complies with the required standards for learning and assessment services. It also means that all learners can be assured of a quality learning experience and that the credits and qualifications they achieve through the education and training service will be nationally and internationally recognised.
In addition, only accredited Education and Training Providers are able to deliver education and training that leads to nationally registered unit standards and qualifications. Accreditation therefore provides Education and Training Providers with a valuable tool with which they can market their services to potential clients.
Who should apply for accreditation at the LGSETA?
Providers who qualify for accreditation with LGSETA include those Providers who primarily offer programmes based on the qualifications and/or unit standards in the primary focus of LGSETA. The primary focus of the LGSETA includes the following areas:
- Local Economic Development
- Public Finance Management and Administration
- Ward Committee Governance
- Leadership Development
- Fire and Rescue Operations
- Road Traffic Law Enforcement
- Environmental Practise
- Local Government
Providers that are accredited by another ETQA but wish to offer education, training and development standards and qualifications belonging to LGSETA will be required to apply to have their programmes evaluated by the ETQA for accreditation purposes.
The LG-SETA has been reaccredited until March 2011