Who is the DOE and what does this mean for me?
The mission of the Department of Higher Education and Training is to develop capable, well-educated and skilled citizens who are able to compete in a sustainable, diversified and knowledge-intensive international economy, which meets the development goals of the country.
The political head of the department is the Minister of Education who is responsible for overseeing the department.
In accordance with the Higher Education Act (1997), Private Higher Education Institutions are required to register with the Department of Education to ensure that education provided by these institutions meets acceptable levels of quality.
Who is CHE and what does this mean for me?
Higher education is a world-wide concept that refers to further learning after secondary education (high school). It is an optional and final stage of formal learning that focuses highly on professional development and is usually delivered at universities, colleges and institutions of technology.
In South Africa the CHE is responsible for the accreditation of public and private higher education institutions and learning programmes, as well as all aspects of higher education policy and policy-making. Within this role its main responsibility is quality assurance and promotion of higher education in the country.
One of the main reasons for programme accreditation is to protect students against poor quality programmes. Therefore, by studying at a higher education institution with programmes accredited at a higher education level, you can be assured that you are receiving the highest possible level of education to put you on the path towards a successful career.
What is the NQF and what does this mean for me?
NQF is the set of standards by which records of learner achievement are registered to enable national recognition and international comparability of acquired skills and knowledge, as well as to ensure an integrated, national education system that facilitates access to and encourages life-long learning.
Under this framework a qualification is registered at a specified level with a number of credits allocated to it. These credits are determined according to expected outcomes and criteria that stipulate the level of knowledge required for a student to successfully achieve the qualification.
NQF levels are band as follows:
- General Education (level 1: compulsory schooling up to grade 9 and ABET)
- Further Education and Training (level 2- 4: grade 10-12)
- Higher Education (level 5-10)
HFPA is proud to offer our Exercise Specialist qualification at an NQF level 6 – the only advanced personal training certification in South Africa to be accredited as a Higher Education qualification at this level.
Our Personal Trainer qualification is also accredited as a Higher Education qualification at an NQF level 5.
At HFPA we continuously strive to ensure that our courses adhere to the highest international certification standards and that we are providing top-class education and producing graduates with superior knowledge and competence.
The NQF is a means for transforming education and training in South Africa and has been built on principles of quality and excellence; therefore, by selecting an NQF accredited qualification, you are assured the highest level of education with recognised accreditation benchmarked against international standards.
Who is SAQA and what does this mean for me?
SAQA is a statutory body regulated in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act No. 67 of 2008.
Its primary purpose is to oversee further development and implementation of the NQF to continuously enhance the quality of education in South Africa and ensure that qualifications are accessible to all levels of society.
Under this role, SAQA’s main areas of responsibility include:
- The registration of qualifications and professional designations on the NQF
- The recognition of professional bodies
- The management of information of the education and training system in respect of qualifications and learner achievements
- The development of a national career development and advice service
On top of this SAQA is responsible for the evaluation of foreign qualifications and ensuring that international benchmarking takes place, thus ensuring global competitiveness and the recognition of South African qualifications abroad.
Who is CATHSSETA and what does this mean for me?
SETA is an acronym for Sector Education and Training Authority. The main function of a SETA is to contribute to the raising of skills – to bring skills to the employed, or those wanting to be employed, in a specific sector.
CATHSETHA, the Culture Art Tourism Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority, was established under the skills development act for the tourism, hospitality and sport economic sector.
Its main responsibilities are to:
- Develop a sector skills plan
- Implement the sector skills plan
- Develop and administer learnerships
- Support the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework
- Undertake quality assurance
- Disburse levies collected from employers in their sector
- Report to the Minister and to the South African Qualifications Authority.
Studying at a SETA accredited provider ensures that you will learn skills that are needed and recognised by employers and that your training is subject to quality control and can be compared to the best international standards.
What is REPS and what does this mean for me?
The Register of Exercise professionals is an international, independent, public register that recognises qualifications and expertise and provides a system of regulation that ensures fitness professionals meet international industry standards.
Membership of REPS provides assurance and confidence to consumers, employers and fitness professionals that all registered exercise professionals are appropriately qualified and have the knowledge, competence and skills to perform specific roles.
REPS members are bound by a code of ethical practice and are required to meet the standards that are set for their profession through Continual Professional Development (CPD).
Under REPSSA, HFPA courses are internationally recognised, allowing you to gain employment in Europe, the UK, the USA, the U.A.E, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa without having to undergo further assessments or examinations.
Who is CANFITPRO and what does this mean for me?
canfitpro is the largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry. Founded in 1993, canfitpro delivers accessible, quality education, certifications, conferences, trade shows, and membership services. canfitpro’s over 100,000 members include some of the world’s finest fitness professionals, health club operators, industry suppliers, and fitness consumers.
canfitpro will now be offering accreditation for Health and Fitness Professionals Academy (HFPA) Personal Training/ Conditioning Coach certification as an equivalency to the canfitpro Personal Training Specialist (PTS) certification.
Those who hold this certification will be able to submit a copy along with the correct forms and a copy of their CPR issued within the last year to qualify themselves for accreditation. For more information on this process and to download the forms members can visit