What is a Quality Council?

Quality Councils (QCs) are sector-based structures responsible for the development and quality assurance of qualifications in their sub-frameworks of the NQF. There are three Quality Councils for the three main sectors in education namely general and further education and training, higher education, and the occupational sector. Umalusi is the QC for General and Further Education and Training as provided for in the GENFETQA Amendment Act. The Council on Higher Education (CHE) is the QC for Higher Education as provided for in the Higher Education Amendment Act. The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations is the QC for occupations and is provided for in the Skills Development Amendment Act.

The National Qualifications Framework

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is a single integrated system for the “classification, registration, publication and articulation of quality assured national qualifications”, as indicated in Section 4 of the NQF Act, 2008 (Act No 67 of 2008). It comprises, as specified in Section 7 of the NQF Act, three co-ordinated qualifications sub-frameworks

General and Further Education and Training, contemplated in the General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Act, 2001 (Act 58 of 2001) overseen by Umalusi.

Trades and Occupations, contemplated in the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act 97 of 1998) overseen by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations.

Higher Education, contemplated in the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act 101 of 1997) overseen by the Council on Higher Education.