Glossary

ABET
Adult Basic Education and Training
Accreditation
The certification, usually for a particular period of time, of a person, a body or an institution as having the capacity to fulfil a particular function within the quality assurance system set up by SAQA
Achievement
Recognition granted to a learner when all required learning outcomes have been successfully demonstrated
AET
Adult Education and Training (ABET)
AFETISA
Association of Further Education and Training Institutions of South Africa
AGRISETA
Agriculture Sector Education and Training Authority
Applied competence
The ability to put into practice in the relevant context the learning outcomes acquired in obtaining a qualification
Assessment
The process of collecting evidence of learners' work to measure and make judgments about the achievement or non-achievement of specified National Qualifications Framework standards or qualifications
Assessor
A person who is registered by the relevant ETQA body to measure the achievement of specified National Qualifications Framework standards or qualifications
Audit
The process undertaken to measure the quality of products or services that have already been made or delivered
BANKSETA
Banking Sector Education and Training Authority
Candidate
A person whose performance is being assessed by the assessor
CAT
Continuous Assessment Task
CCFO
Critical-Cross Field Outcomes
CEEQ
Centre for the Evaluation of Education Qualifications
CEPD
Centre for Education Policy Development
CETA
Construction Education and Training Authority
CHE
Council on Higher Education
CHIETA
Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority
Conditional registration
The registration of a private higher education institution as specified in the Higher Education Act, (No. 101 of 1997)
Constituent
Belonging to the defined or delegated constituency of an organisation or body referred to in the NSB and ETQA regulations
Core learning
That compulsory learning required in situations contextually relevant to the particular qualifications
Credit
That value assigned by the Authority to ten (10) notional hours of learning
CTFL SETA
Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather Sector Education and Training Authority
DoE
Department of Education
DoL
Department of Labour
ECD
Early Childhood Development
Elective unit standard
A selection of additional credits at the (level of the National Qualifications Framework specified), from which a choice may be made to ensure that the purpose of the qualification is achieved
ELOAC
Exit Level Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
ESETA
Energy Sector Education and Training Authority
ETD
Education, Training and Development
ETDP SETA
Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority
ETQA
Educational and Training Quality Assurance Body
Exit Level Outcomes
The outcomes to be achieved by a qualifying learner at the point at which he or she leaves the programme leading to a qualification and achievement of which entitles the learner to a qualification
External customer
An external person, body or structure that is a beneficiary of the services or product of a particular organisation.
Facilitator
An individual who facilitates learning processes and activities and manages and administers assessment: educator, teacher, trainer, mentor etc.
FASSET
Financial and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority
FET
Further Education and Training
FETC
Further Education and Training Certificate
FETMIS
Further Education and Training Management Information System (DoE)
Field of learning
A particular area of learning used as an organising mechanism for the NQF.
FIETA
Forestry Industries Education and Training Authority
FOODBEV SETA
Food and Beverages Sector Education and Training Authority
Formative Assessment
Refers to assessment that takes place during the process of learning and teaching.
Fundamental learning
That learning which forms the grounding or basis needed to undertake the education, training or further learning required in the obtaining of a qualification and 'fundamental' has a corresponding meaning
GEC/GETC
General Education (Training) Certificate
GET
General Education and Training
Grade 12
The highest grade in which education is provided by a school as defined in the South African Schools Act, 1996
HE
Higher Education
HEQC
Higher Education Quality Committee
HET
Higher Education and Training
Higher Education and training
All learning programmes leading to qualifications higher than grade 12 or its equivalent in terms of the NQF, including tertiary education
HPCSA
Health Professions Council of SA
HRD
Human Resource Development
HWSETA
Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority
INSETA
Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority
Integrated assessment
That form of assessment which permits the learner to demonstrate applied competence and which uses a range of formative and summative assessment methods
Internal Customer
An internal person, body or structure that is a beneficiary of the service and/or products of a particular organisation
ISETT
Information Systems, Electronics and Telecommunication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority
Learner
Any person receiving education and training (in terms of the ABET Act of 2000)
Learnership
Refers to a learning programme where the learner spends some time learning theory and some time learning practical skills in a workplace. It leads to a qualification registered on the NQF
Learning Programme
A structured set of learning offerings and related assessment and attainment requirements
Level Descriptor
That statement describing a particular level of the eight levels of the National Qualifications Framework
LGWSETA
Local Government Water and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority
MAPPP
Media, Advertising, Publishing, Printing and Packaging Sector education and Training Authority
MERSETA
Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority
Moderating Body
A body specifically appointed by the Authority for the purpose of moderation
Moderation
The process which ensures that assessment of the outcomes described in the NQF standards and qualifications is fair, reliable and valid
MQA
Mining Qualifications Authority
National Learners' Records Database (NLRD)
An electronic information system that assists the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to manage the National Qualifications Framework
National Standards Body (NSB)
A body registered in terms of the SAQA Act, responsible for establishing education and training standards and qualifications, and to which specific functions relating to the registration of national standards and qualifications have been assigned
NCS
National Curriculum Statement
NCVQ
National Council for Vocational Qualifications
NGO
Non-Government Organization
NLRD
National Learners' Records Database
NOCN
National Open College Network
Notional hours of learning
Means the learning time that it is conceived it would take an average learner to meet the outcomes defined, and includes concepts such as contact time, time spent in structured learning in the workplace and individual learning
NQF
National Qualifications Framework
NSA
National Skills Authority
NSB
National Standards Body
NVQ
National Vocational Qualification
OBE
Outcomes Based Education
OBE(T)
Outcomes-Based Education (and Training)
Outcome
Contextually demonstrated end product of the learning process
PAB
Professional Accreditation Body of Health and Skincare
Primary focus
The activity or objective within the sector upon which an organisation or body concentrates its efforts
Professional body
A statutory body registered as such in terms of the legislation applicable to such bodies, or voluntary body performing the functions contemplated in the legislation for such bodies but not registered as such.
Provider
An education and training body (institution/organization, company, centre, collaborative partnership, or consultancy) which delivers learning programmes that culminate in specified NQF standards or qualifications and manages the assessment thereof
PSETA
Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority
QA
Quality Assurance
Qualification
The formal recognition of the achievement of the required number and range of credits and other requirements at specific levels of the NQF determined by the relevant bodies registered by SAQA
Quality Assurance
The process of ensuring that the degree of excellence specified is achieved
Quality Audit
The process of examining the indicators which show the degree of excellence achieved
Quality Management Systems
Means the combination of processes used to ensure that the degree of excellence specified is achieved
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
The comparison of the previous learning and experience of a learner, howsoever obtained, against the learning outcomes required for a specified qualification, and the acceptance for purposes of qualification of that which meets the requirements
Registered
Officially registered (recorded) in terms of the National Qualifications Framework
Registration of standards and qualifications
Standards or qualification registered on the National Qualifications Framework.
RPL
Recognition of Prior Learning
SABPP
South African Board for Personnel Practice
SADC
Southern African Development Community
SAICA
South African Institute for Chartered Accountants
SANC
South African Nursing Council
SAPC
South African Pharmacy Council
SAQA
South African Qualifications Authority
SASSETA
Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority
Sector
A defined portion of social, commercial or educational activities used to prescribe the boundaries of an Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA)
Sector Education and Training Authority
A body responsible for the organisation of education and training programmes within a specific sector
Service contract/ Memorandum of Understanding
Contractual working agreement between an ETQA and its customers and/or agencies
Services SETA
Services Sector Education and Training Authority
SETA
Sector Education and Training Authority
SETA
A body responsible for the organisation of education and training programmes within a specific sector
SGB
Standards Generating Body
South African Qualifications Authority
The body responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the National Qualifications Framework, established in terms of the SAQA Act no. 58 of 1995
Specialised learning
That specialised theoretical knowledge which underpins application in the area of specialisation
Specific outcomes
Knowledge, skills and values (demonstrated in context) which support one or more critical outcomes
SSETA
Services Sector Education and Training Authority
Standard
The registered statements of desired education and training outcomes and their associated assessment criteria
Standards Generating Body (SGB)
A body registered in terms of the SAQA Act, responsible for establishing education and training standards or qualifications, and to which specific functions relating to the establishment of national standards and qualifications have been assigned
Summative Assessment
Is assessment for making a judgement about achievement. This is carried out when a learner is ready to be assessed at the end of a programme of learning.
TETA
Transport Education and Training Authority
THETA
Tourism and Hospitality Education and Training Authority
UMALUSI (GENFETQA)
General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Council
Unit standard
Registered statement of desired education and training outcomes and its associated assessment criteria together with administrative and other information as specified in the regulations
W&RSETA
Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority