Skills and Development Committee Training: Incorporating SAQA, SETA, and QCTO Standards and Requirements


Equip your skills and development committee with the expertise to align training initiatives with South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs), and Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) standards. This specialized training program ensures that your organization’s development efforts meet national standards, enhance workforce competence, and comply with regulatory requirements.


Understanding and adhering to SAQA, SETA, and QCTO standards is crucial for the successful implementation of training and development programs in South Africa. This course provides comprehensive guidance on integrating these standards into your committee’s operations, ensuring compliance and maximizing the benefits of national qualifications frameworks and funding opportunities.


This course is ideal for:

Course Outline

Introduction to SAQA, SETA, and QCTO

  • Overview of SAQA, SETAs, and QCTO and their roles in the South African education and training landscape.
  • Understanding the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

SAQA Standards and Requirements

  • Key functions and responsibilities of SAQA.
  • Understanding unit standards, qualifications, and part qualifications.
  • Procedures for accrediting learning programs and recognizing prior learning (RPL).

SETA Frameworks and Funding

  • The role of SETAs in skills development and training.
  • How to identify and collaborate with relevant SETAs for your industry.
  • Accessing SETA grants and funding opportunities for training programs.
  • Submitting Workplace Skills Plans (WSP) and Annual Training Reports (ATR).

QCTO Standards and Occupational Qualifications

  • The role of QCTO in developing and quality assuring occupational qualifications.
  • Understanding occupational curricula and assessment specifications.
  • Procedures for accrediting occupational training providers and assessment centers.

Aligning Training Programs with National Standards

  • Designing training programs that meet SAQA, SETA, and QCTO requirements.
  • Mapping learning outcomes to unit standards and qualifications.
  • Ensuring assessment and moderation practices comply with national standards.

Implementation and Compliance

  • Steps for implementing compliant training programs.
  • Managing documentation and reporting to SAQA, SETAs, and QCTO.
  • Preparing for audits and maintaining compliance with regulatory bodies.

Continuous Improvement and Reporting

  • Techniques for monitoring and evaluating training effectiveness.
  • Using feedback to improve training programs.
  • Reporting on training outcomes to SAQA, SETAs, and QCTO.

Committee Dynamics and Best Practices

  • Building a cohesive and effective committee focused on compliance and quality.
  • Roles and responsibilities of committee members in maintaining standards.
  • Strategies for effective communication and collaboration within the committee.


Participants will:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of SAQA, SETA, and QCTO standards and their application in training programs.
  • Develop skills to design, implement, and evaluate training programs that meet national qualifications frameworks.
  • Learn how to access funding and resources through SETAs.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and maintain high-quality training standards.
  1. Promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment in employment through the elimination of unfair discrimination
  2. Implementing affirmative action measures to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced by designated groups, to ensure their equitable representation in all occupational categories and levels in the workforce.’

Welcome to our complete guide on Employment equity and its new 2023 amendments. Right here, we will offer you with clear and concise information about this important new EE legislation, ensuring you understand its motive, key principles, EE changes, Compliance and the obligations it imposes on employers. We will also talk the newest amendments and their impact, retaining you updated with the modern day compliance requirements.

At its core, Employment Equity aims to promote fair and equitable workplaces by addressing systemic discrimination and ensuring equal opportunities for all employees. This Act encourages employers to create inclusive environments where diversity is valued and individuals from designated groups have equal access to employment and advancement opportunities.

With the current amendments, Employment Equity has undergone essential modifications. We are going to delve into those updates, highlighting the important areas affected and the implications for employers. By understanding the amended provisions, you will be better equipped to navigate compliance necessities and ensure your employer meets its obligations. At McDowell Development Institute South Africa ( MDSA ) We believe Employment Equity should be about Transformation, Diversity, Inclusive and Equity.

In terms of the new amendment,

  1. Changes include the introduction of an Employer Equity Certificate of Compliance which companies wishing to participate in state contracts are now required to provide. Companies without an Employment Equity Certificate of Compliance will not be able to receive any points under the Management Control pillar of the B-BBEE scorecard and could be subject to fines and penalties for non-compliance with the Employment Equity Act. Management Control has traditionally been the pillar that all sectors struggle the most with.
  2. Sector-specific targets set by the Minister of Employment and Labour ostensibly after consultations with industry over the past 18 months, appear to have been more closely aligned to the BEE scorecard.

The newly amended Employment Equity (EE) Act to aid workplace transformation in SA to come into operation on 01 September 2023


Our Skills and Development Committee Training course, with a focus on SAQA, SETA, and QCTO standards, provides your committee with the knowledge and tools necessary to develop compliant and effective training initiatives. This ensures your organization not only meets regulatory requirements but also enhances workforce skills and performance, contributing to overall business success.

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