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Certification and Verification

Umalusi verifies certificates issued for all the following qualifications:

Matriculation qualifications:

  • The Senior Certificate (SC) which was offered before 2008 and is being phased out - its final examination will be administered in 2014
  • The National Senior Certificate (NSC) which replaced the Senior Certificate and commenced in 2008

Vocational qualifications:

  • The National Technical Certificate N3
  • The National Senior Certificate: Colleges - phased out at the end of 2011
  • The National Certificate: Vocational (NCV) - commenced in 2007

Adult Education and Training qualifications:

  • The General Education and Training Certificate for Adults (GETC: ABET)

Umalusi has records of all learner achievements from November 1992 to date. All certificates issued before November 1992 must be verified by the Department of Basic Education (Schooling qualifications) or the Department of Higher Education and Training (vocational and adult qualifications) as appropriate.

The public cannot apply directly to Umalusi for the verification of certificates, but should do so through one of the following agencies:

LexisNexis Risk Management
Building No 9
Harrowdene Office Park
124 Western Service Road
Woodmead
2191
Telephone number:
0861 005676
www.refcheckadvanced.co.za

MIE
P O Box 525
IRENE
0062
Telephone number:
(012) 644 4000
www.mie.co.za

Veri Source
P O Box 9324
Weltevredenpark
1715
Telephone number:
011 794-1925
011 794-4401

V-Report (A Division of IdentiRisk South Africa)
PO Box 1164
Glenvista
Johannesburg
2058
Telephone number:
(011) 432-8441 / 4416
Fax Number: 086-603-5910
www.v-report.co.za

MarisIT
Physical Address: 56B Thelma Road
HeatherDale
Akasia

Postal Address: P O Box 52572
Dorandia
0188

Telephone number:
012 542 7614
Email: support@marisit.co.za
www.marisit.co.za

iFacts (Pty) Ltd
112a Boeing East Road,
Bedfordview

Telephone number:
011 453 1627
Email: info@ifacts.co.za
www.ifacts.co.za

SAQA House
1067 Arcadia Street
Hatfield
Pretoria

Telephone number
012 431 5010
Email: verifications@saqa.co.za
www.saqa.co.za

Please note: Agencies charge varying fees for verification services. You are therefore advised to request prices from more than one agency before requesting verification of your qualifications.

Certificates Umalusi Issues

Application for a certificate

Umalusi issues certificates for the following qualifications:

Matriculation qualifications:

  • The Senior Certificate (SC) which was offered before 2008 and is being phased out - its final examination will be administered in 2014
  • The National Senior Certificate (NSC) which replaced the Senior Certificate and commenced in 2008

Vocational qualifications:

  • The National Technical Certificate N3
  • The National Senior Certificate: Colleges - phased out at the end of 2011
  • The National Certificate: Vocational (NCV) - commenced in 2007

Adult Education and Training qualifications:

  • The General Education and Training Certificate for Adults (GETC: ABET)

Requirements for Certification

In order for Umalusi to certify a qualification, the qualification must be registered on The General and Further Education and Training Qualifications Framework , which is a sub-framework of the National Qualification Framework. Further, the assessment of the qualifications must be nationally conducted, either by the state or by an assessment body accredited by Umalusi, and the provider of tuition for the qualification must be either a public provider or a private provider accredited by Umalusi.

National Examinations

National examinations are conducted by the state or accredited assessment bodies throughout the year for the various qualifications as follows:

Matriculation qualifications Examinations
The Senior Certificate (SC) which was offered before 2008 and is being phased out - its final examination will be administered in 2014 Once annually in June / July
The National Senior Certificate (NSC) which replaced the Senior Certificate and commenced in 2008 Once annually commencing in October, with supplementary examinations in February of the following year
Vocational qualifications
The National Technical Certificate N3 (Engineering Studies) Three times annually in April, August and November.
The National Senior Certificate: Colleges - phased out end of 2010 No examinations are currently offered
The National Certificate: Vocational (NCV) - commenced in 2007 Once annually in November, with supplementary examinations in February
Adult Education and Training qualifications
The General education and Training Certificate for Adults (GETC: ABET Level 4) Twice annually in June and October.

Quality Assurance of Assessment and National Examinations

In order for learner achievements to be certifiable, Umalusi puts extensive measures in place to ensure that the internal assessment, which is carried out at learning sites, and the examinations conducted by the state and private assessment bodies, are fair, reliable and valid. This work is carried out by the Quality Assurance of Assessment Unit (QAA) annually through various moderation and monitoring processes.

Standardisation

Standardisation is one of the processes Umalusi Council uses to mitigate the effect of factors other than the learners' knowledge and aptitude on the learners' performance and to finally approve results.

Approval of Results

Umalusi Council is responsible for approving the release of results, a complex process. Approval of results is determined by how well the assessment bodies responsible for the examinations have complied with all the policies, directives and guidelines related to the qualification being resulted. These policies and directives are issued by Umalusi and the Departments of Basic Education and Higher Education and Training. Approval is also dependent on whether any irregularities have undermined the credibility and integrity of the examinations. Once the standardization decisions have been agreed upon, the assessment bodies are required to apply them to the marks of each subject. The standardized subject results are returned to Umalusi for quality assurance checks, and once the Council is satisfied that the decisions have been properly applied, the assessment bodies may finally result the individual candidates.

Certification Process

The process of certifying the November results takes place in the new year after the re-marking and re-checking processes are completed. At that point the data sets are finalized by the respective assessment bodies and sent through for certification. The bulk certification traditionally takes place in April and May of each year. Certification of supplementary examinations traditionally takes place in July/August.

Umalusi issues certificates for full qualification as well as subject certificates/statements for candidates who have passed subjects, but have not yet qualified for the full certificate. Candidates may apply to have two or more of their subject certificates/statements combined into a full qualification, if their results conform to the qualification requirements.

Certification continues throughout the year for adult and vocational examinations such as the N courses and the GETC for Adults. There is also a steady flow of requests for re-issues, combinations and replacement certificates. Such applications are made through the state or an accredited assessment body.

Umalusi remains responsible for the results that it has certified, and uses this data to assist with verification enquiries.

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