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How to find out if your tertiary institution is accredited

Are you still deciding on a tertiary institution for 2020? Make sure you check whether your institution is accredited before you register and pay any fees. Failure to do so could ultimately result in you applying at a fly-by-night, which will cost you money without obtaining a valid qualification to secure employment.

What is accreditation?

Accreditation describes the process that institutions of higher education undergo to confirm educational standards. Accreditation is earned through accrediting bodies that have been created specifically to review higher education institutions and programmes.

These accrediting bodies are there to protect the prospective student and ensure that institutions offer acceptable standards of higher education qualifications that are aligned to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

What you should look for?

Accredited private higher education institutions should have:

* A certificate of registration with the Department of Higher Education and Training. It should detail the campus, provider and the qualifications offered.* All higher education qualifications need to be accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee, Council on Higher Education (CHE). CHE is there to develop and implement quality assurance standards for higher education, including programme accreditation, institutional audits, quality promotion, etc.* All qualifications must be registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) - students should ask for the SAQA identity numbers.

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). The IIE is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. You can choose to study at any of our nine campuses located in Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Braamfontein, Pretoria CBD, Durban, Pretoria Sunnyside, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth or Cape Town.

Follow this graphic below to check The IIE's accreditation status