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Published: 12th of Feb 2021 by: Lize Testa

This time of year, most Skills Development Providers are usually flooded with requests or bookings for accredited training. This is also the time where most Skills Development Providers realise again how important it is to educate clients about the training providers and courses, and make sure they have sensible Workplace Skills Plans in place.

The difference between accredited and non-accredited providers:

If your training provider is accredited with a certain SETA, it doesn't necessarily mean all their courses are accredited. Accredited providers will have an accreditation report stating which qualifications and unit standards they offer.

A non-accredited provider will not be able to offer any accredited training.

What are accredited and non-accredited courses?

An accredited course is a course that has been approved by the relevant SETA. This course should comply with certain standards and will have a portfolio of evidence that needs to be completed. Once the learner completes the portfolio of evidence and submits it back to the provider, this goes through a verification process. If all parties involved are satisfied that the learner is competent in the subject, the leaner will receive a certificate of competence and will earn the credits attached to the unit standard.

You can find all the information about your course on the SAQA website by searching for the unit standard number or qualification number for your course.
The credits for your unit standard will only be taken into consideration for the qualifications attached to that unit standard.

Non-accredited courses usually have no formal test or portfolio of evidence at the end of the course. These courses have great value in building skills and knowledge. They aim at closing skills gaps in the workplace over a shorter period of time, have less entry requirements and can be presented to various NQF levels. Non-accredited courses also give the service provider the freedom to customize courses to fit a specific industry or address a specific workplace issue.

Subjects like HIV/AIDS, Sexual Harassment and Diversity are great examples of the importance of non-accredited courses. These subjects can all be done as accredited courses, but will be far too time consuming and expensive if the training is arranged for a company with 500 employees. These subjects are however, relevant to all employees from unskilled labourers to the company director.

More often than not, companies use accredited training only to cash in on BBBEE points, very often at the expense of the learner, who has to invest their personal time to complete his or her portfolio of evidence.

A sensible workplace skills plan does not take only BBBEE points into consideration, it takes the long-term goals of the employee, the company and the industry into consideration, while addressing skills shortages within all three. A workplace skills plan cannot be compiled by management or an HR assistant without the input of the employees and should never end up being another list that needs to be checked.

Forced training, in which employees have no interest, result in less portfolios of evidence being submitted, and thus less learners will be found competent. Regular forced training session often result in a very low workplace morale and a high staff turnover.

When employees are consulted about the training and have an input in what they would like to attend or get to choose an exciting new skill they would like to acquire, the tables are turned completely. Not only will you be able to add up your BEE points, but you will also have happy, satisfied employees, who are more likely to stay loyal to the company that consulted with them about their own employee workplace skills plan.

When you ask for an accredited course:
• Know which unit standard or qualification you are looking for and how it fits into your company and employees' long-term goals and future studies
• Make sure the employees who will attend the course meet the entry requirements
• Make sure your training providers is accredited with a SETA and have the course you require on their accreditation report from SETA

If you need assistance with compiling or submitting your workplace skills plans and annual training reports, contact Lize Testa at

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