South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA): Meaning

South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is a South African government entity. SAQA issues reports that compare educational credentials from other countries to educational standards in South Africa. South African Qualifications Authority authenticates documents, conducts research on degrees and diplomas then issues an evaluation report that provides a general recommendation of the comparability of foreign education system to the South African education system.


SAQA’s certificates sets an equivalency for the foreign qualifications earned outside of South Africa. The academic credentials and work experience will be evaluated to determine the level of credentials and experience compare to South Africa educational system.

In South Africa, some occupations are regulated. Regulated occupations have legal requirements or restrictions in place to protect the public. To work in these occupations, you must register with the appropriate professional regulatory organization.

How does it work?

South African Qualifications Authority evaluates formal academic / technical education. A SAQA assessment certificate can help you with:



If you’re looking for a job in South Africa, a SAQA assessment can help employers understand your education credentials. Attach a copy of your SAQA certificate to your resume and job applications when job searching, to help potential employers understand your educational credentials.


Some universities and colleges need an SAQA assessment for admission. When choosing a school or program to apply to, find out if they accept SAQA certificates.

SAQA Contact Details


Postnet Suite 248, Private Bag X06, Waterkloof, 0145


SAQA House, 1067 Arcadia Street, Hatfield, Pretoria


012 431 5000


012 431 5147



 To apply for a SAQA assessment for employment, education you’ll need to get all your educational documents translated, if they’re not in English.

Frenchside is a Pretoria-based translation agency with a track record of high quality translation. For over 10 years, our  translation services have helped our clients in South Africa get accurate translation of their transcripts and degrees. We work in French, Portuguese, Spanish and German languages. If you have any questions you’d like to discuss, please give us a call on 012 347 6060. Alternatively, send us an email to info@frenchside.co.za and a member of our friendly team will get back to you.


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South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA): Meaning
South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) compares educational credentials from abroad to educational standards in South Africa.
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