SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority)



Established in 1995, signed the Groningen Declaration on April 16th, 2012.

1067 Arcadia Street, Hatfield
Pretoria, South Africa

General information:
SAQA oversees all aspects of the implementation of South Africa’s National Qualifications

Chief contact person:SAQA2
Joe Samuels, CEO

Year from which student data can be digitally retrieved :

Educational sectors represented in depository :
Secondary education, tertiary education, adult education and training

Snapshot of NLRD data as of 31 March 2019

  • Total number of Learners on NLRD:                        19,262,453
  • Qualification achievements:                                   16,279,666 (full achievements)
  • Part-qualification achievements:                          108,825,790
  • Achievements through RPL:                                     81,611
  • Recognised professional bodies:                           106
  • Registered professional designations:                390
  • People with professional designations:               786,341

Annual increase of registered student data :
For the financial year 2018/2019 (ended 31 March 2019), 889 462 records were added to the NLRD.

Number of consultations of student data :

For the 2018/2019 financial year, SAQA verified 67 381 records and completed 3 747 records of learning for learners (a record of learning is the complete qualification achievement record of the learner, including secondary school, technical college studies, workplace studies and or university studies).

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