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    by TUCT on January 18, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    The minister of Higher Education published a proposal to change the Skills Development Act, comments due before the 31st of January 2018. Some highlights of these amendments propose to: The good: 1.   Remove SETA regional offices and create one central sharing system/office to be more effective. 2.   Sharing of resources, such as IT and HR. 3.   SETAs to … Continue reading "Skills Development Act amendment 15 Dec2017" […]

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Assessor Course online – the Scam

Assessor course online, ETDP SETA Accredited

Is Your E-Learning or Distance Learning Training Provider Accredited?

High-quality education can be very expensive, time-consuming and challenging.  Nothing is more disappointing than discovering that a certificate or qualification isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

Luckily, there is useful information on how to prevent getting defrauded — as commonly happens with e-learning and distance learning providers, especially on the ODETDP Qualification unit standards like Train the Trainer, Assessor, Moderator and SDF.

It’s important to keep in mind that e-learning, distance learning or CD learning isn’t the same thing as classroom learning.  Furthermore, a service provider who is authorized to provide classroom learning isn’t authorised to provide e-learning or CD correspondence training.  Are there currently Training Providers with the ETDP SETA that have approval to offer courses via e-Learning or Distance Learning?

We would strongly recommend that each learner take extra precaution to confirm if his or her Training Provider has scope to offer his course through eLearning or Distance Learning. You could be fallen for a scam!

Report these SCAMS to your SETA. SAQA or the QCTO like the Assessors Course Online.

Keep this in mind as you confirm the training provider’s accreditation, scope and method.

ACCREDITATION

Each Training Provider should mention the following on his or her website, course material or advertising material:

  • Accreditation Number.
  • The SETAs name he or she is accredited with.

You may want to contact the concerned SETA and confirm the accreditation with them in person.  You can also check with the SETA for any appeals or complaints against the provider, or for any reviews on the Training Provider.  You may even consider contacting previous learners for a review.

SCOPE

Training Provider Accreditation and Programme Accreditation (approval) are different things.  It’s advisable to check that the actual programme was approved by the relevant SETA.  The SETA and the training provider should each have a copy of the programme accreditation letter to confirm its dates are still valid.  All 21 SETAs should provide this service.  The unit standard numbers, NQF level and Credits should also appear on the course detail.

CONFIRM THE METHOD OF DELIVERY WAS APPROVED like the Assessors Course Online

The method of delivery is how the training provider is allowed to deliver the programme.

By default, a Training Provider is only allowed to deliver the course using the traditional methods — that is, through classroom contact session.

Any Training Provider who offers a course by any other means such as distance learning, e-learning, correspondence via post, CD, Skype or conference learning must have a special approval letter to do so.  This special approval letter should be producible by the Training Provider (on his website, for example) and also verifiable with the relevant SETA.

What questions you should ask before enrolling for a course:

  • Confirm with the relevant SETA (any of the 21) that the Training Provider is accredited.
  • Confirm with the relevant SETA (any of the 21) that the programme is accredited with this training provider, and still valid.
  • If the method of delivery is different from classroom, the training provider should be able to produce the special approval letter from the SETA.
  • Ask about hidden fees such as: Assessment, Re-Assessment, Support or Registration fees.
  • What is the duration of the course? How long do you have to submit your assignments?
  • Request references — previous clients that you can contact.

TRAINYOUCAN  strive for 100% compliance with the SETAs, SAQA and the NQF act.

Assessor Course online – the Scam

Assessor course online, ETDP SETA Accredited

Is Your E-Learning or Distance Learning Training Provider Accredited?

High-quality education can be very expensive, time-consuming and challenging.  Nothing is more disappointing than discovering that a certificate or qualification isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

Luckily, there is useful information on how to prevent getting defrauded — as commonly happens with e-learning and distance learning providers, especially on the ODETDP Qualification unit standards like Train the Trainer, Assessor, Moderator and SDF.

It’s important to keep in mind that e-learning, distance learning or CD learning isn’t the same thing as classroom learning.  Furthermore, a service provider who is authorized to provide classroom learning isn’t authorised to provide e-learning or CD correspondence training.  Are there currently Training Providers with the ETDP SETA that have approval to offer courses via e-Learning or Distance Learning?

We would strongly recommend that each learner take extra precaution to confirm if his or her Training Provider has scope to offer his course through eLearning or Distance Learning. You could be fallen for a scam!

Report these SCAMS to your SETA. SAQA or the QCTO like the Assessors Course Online.

Keep this in mind as you confirm the training provider’s accreditation, scope and method.

ACCREDITATION

Each Training Provider should mention the following on his or her website, course material or advertising material:

  • Accreditation Number.
  • The SETAs name he or she is accredited with.

You may want to contact the concerned SETA and confirm the accreditation with them in person.  You can also check with the SETA for any appeals or complaints against the provider, or for any reviews on the Training Provider.  You may even consider contacting previous learners for a review.

SCOPE

Training Provider Accreditation and Programme Accreditation (approval) are different things.  It’s advisable to check that the actual programme was approved by the relevant SETA.  The SETA and the training provider should each have a copy of the programme accreditation letter to confirm its dates are still valid.  All 21 SETAs should provide this service.  The unit standard numbers, NQF level and Credits should also appear on the course detail.

CONFIRM THE METHOD OF DELIVERY WAS APPROVED like the Assessors Course Online

The method of delivery is how the training provider is allowed to deliver the programme.

By default, a Training Provider is only allowed to deliver the course using the traditional methods — that is, through classroom contact session.

Any Training Provider who offers a course by any other means such as distance learning, e-learning, correspondence via post, CD, Skype or conference learning must have a special approval letter to do so.  This special approval letter should be producible by the Training Provider (on his website, for example) and also verifiable with the relevant SETA.

What questions you should ask before enrolling for a course:

  • Confirm with the relevant SETA (any of the 21) that the Training Provider is accredited.
  • Confirm with the relevant SETA (any of the 21) that the programme is accredited with this training provider, and still valid.
  • If the method of delivery is different from classroom, the training provider should be able to produce the special approval letter from the SETA.
  • Ask about hidden fees such as: Assessment, Re-Assessment, Support or Registration fees.
  • What is the duration of the course? How long do you have to submit your assignments?
  • Request references — previous clients that you can contact.

TRAINYOUCAN  strive for 100% compliance with the SETAs, SAQA and the NQF act.

Assessor Course online – the Scam

Assessor course online, ETDP SETA Accredited

Is Your E-Learning or Distance Learning Training Provider Accredited?

High-quality education can be very expensive, time-consuming and challenging.  Nothing is more disappointing than discovering that a certificate or qualification isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

Luckily, there is useful information on how to prevent getting defrauded — as commonly happens with e-learning and distance learning providers, especially on the ODETDP Qualification unit standards like Train the Trainer, Assessor, Moderator and SDF.

It’s important to keep in mind that e-learning, distance learning or CD learning isn’t the same thing as classroom learning.  Furthermore, a service provider who is authorized to provide classroom learning isn’t authorised to provide e-learning or CD correspondence training.  Are there currently Training Providers with the ETDP SETA that have approval to offer courses via e-Learning or Distance Learning?

We would strongly recommend that each learner take extra precaution to confirm if his or her Training Provider has scope to offer his course through eLearning or Distance Learning. You could be fallen for a scam!

Report these SCAMS to your SETA. SAQA or the QCTO like the Assessors Course Online.

Keep this in mind as you confirm the training provider’s accreditation, scope and method.

ACCREDITATION

Each Training Provider should mention the following on his or her website, course material or advertising material:

  • Accreditation Number.
  • The SETAs name he or she is accredited with.

You may want to contact the concerned SETA and confirm the accreditation with them in person.  You can also check with the SETA for any appeals or complaints against the provider, or for any reviews on the Training Provider.  You may even consider contacting previous learners for a review.

SCOPE

Training Provider Accreditation and Programme Accreditation (approval) are different things.  It’s advisable to check that the actual programme was approved by the relevant SETA.  The SETA and the training provider should each have a copy of the programme accreditation letter to confirm its dates are still valid.  All 21 SETAs should provide this service.  The unit standard numbers, NQF level and Credits should also appear on the course detail.

CONFIRM THE METHOD OF DELIVERY WAS APPROVED like the Assessors Course Online

The method of delivery is how the training provider is allowed to deliver the programme.

By default, a Training Provider is only allowed to deliver the course using the traditional methods — that is, through classroom contact session.

Any Training Provider who offers a course by any other means such as distance learning, e-learning, correspondence via post, CD, Skype or conference learning must have a special approval letter to do so.  This special approval letter should be producible by the Training Provider (on his website, for example) and also verifiable with the relevant SETA.

What questions you should ask before enrolling for a course:

  • Confirm with the relevant SETA (any of the 21) that the Training Provider is accredited.
  • Confirm with the relevant SETA (any of the 21) that the programme is accredited with this training provider, and still valid.
  • If the method of delivery is different from classroom, the training provider should be able to produce the special approval letter from the SETA.
  • Ask about hidden fees such as: Assessment, Re-Assessment, Support or Registration fees.
  • What is the duration of the course? How long do you have to submit your assignments?
  • Request references — previous clients that you can contact.

TRAINYOUCAN  strive for 100% compliance with the SETAs, SAQA and the NQF act.

Proposal for the New National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) landscape

“Proposal for the New National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) landscape within the context of an Integrated and Differentiated Post-School Education and Training System (NSLP-2015)”

The DHET – Department of Higher Education and Training has called for public comments on the future of skills development in South Africa. Minister Blade Nzimande has released his proposals for the Setas and members of the public and interested organisations have until 20th January 2016 to submit their comments.

The proposals is that the Setas would be renamed and re-purposed so that they would become departments of the national Department of Higher Education and Training and renamed as Sector Education and Training Advisory Boards. It is also proposted that instead of their current 5-year life spans as determined by the relevant Minister, the proposal is that these Setabs (!) would be permanent structures.

This new move could suggest that DHET have more power over the SETA’s having questions over the future role of SAQA and the QCTO. One of the other major benefits for DHET would be to have more control over the Skills Levies Fund that could result in major issues for the private sector including skills training on lower levels, also the future of private FET colleges and Training Providers.

During 2013 with the amendment of the Skills Act the allocation of funds to levy paying organisations was reduced from 60% to 20% that resulted in an estimated 40% drop in training statistics between the SETA’s in South Africa. This year, DHET excluded annual training statistics from the different SETA’s in the DHET annual report. Why? Is this part of a cover-up process or a simple strategic move to change the allocation of the Skills Levies Fund to other priorities.

Another change in the 2013 Skills Development Act allowed the DHET to allocate more funds paid by the private sector to Universities and FET’s. Would this last move from DHET mean that Skills Development South Africa especially in the private sector would come to a total stand-still?

Readers can download a copy of this document below.

2015-SDA-Proposals