Definition of terms:

Accreditation: The certification, usually for a particular period of time, of a person, a body or an institution as having the capacity to fulfill a particular function within the quality assurance system set up by SAQA.

Credit: That value assigned by the Authority to ten (10) notional hours of learning.

CCFO: Critical Cross-Field Outcomes refer to those generic outcomes that inform all teaching and learning. For example CCFOs may include working effectively with others as a member of a team, and/or collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information.

ETDP SETA: The Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority was established in March 2000 to promote and facilitate the delivery of education, training and development in order to enhance the skills profile of the ETD (Education, Training and Development) sector and contribute to the creation of employment opportunities especially for those previously disadvantaged.

ETQA: Body accredited in terms of section 5 (1)(a)(ii) of the SAQA Act, responsible for monitoring and auditing achievements in terms of national standards or qualifications, and to which specific functions relating to the monitoring and auditing of national standards or qualifications have been assigned in terms of section 5 (1)(b)(i) of the Act.

Learner: Any person receiving education and training (in terms of the ABET Act of 2000).

Learning Programme: A structured set of learning offerings and related assessment and attainment requirements.

Moderation: The process which ensures that assessment of the outcomes described in the NQF standards and qualifications is fair, reliable and valid.

NLRD: National Learners’ Records Database is an electronic information system that assists the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to manage the National Qualifications Framework.

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.

Outcome: Contextually demonstrated end product of the learning process.

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.

Qualifications: 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.

RPL: Recognition of Prior learning. 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.

SAQA: 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.

SETA: Sector Education and Training Authority. A body responsible for the organisation of education and training programmes within a specific sector.

Specific Outcome: Knowledge, skills and values (demonstrated in context) which support one or more critical outcomes.

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.