If you have foreign
qualifications and wish to study or work in South Africa, you might have to
apply to the South
African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to have your qualifications
evaluated. When you apply for some work permits in South Africa,
immigration policy requires you to submit a Saqa certificate of evaluation as
part of your application.
If you wish to attend
a South African educational institution, you will need the Saqa to evaluate
your qualification if the institution you have applied to requires you to do
may also require you to get a Saqa evaluation of your foreign qualification
before you are allowed to practice your profession.
The purpose of the
Saqa evaluation is to determine the level of the National Qualifications
Framework at which foreign qualifications should be recognised.
This service is
offered by the Directorate of Foreign Qualifications Evaluation and Advisory
Services (DFQEAS) at the SAQA.
Note: To apply for the evaluation of foreign qualifications, study the
procedural guidelines and tariff structure contained in the application form.
- Obtain the application form from Saqa, or
complete your application online (recommended).
- Complete all the sections of the
- Ensure that proof of the necessary payment
(always to be made in ZAR currency) accompanies the application.
- Provide legible and certified true copies of
all documents required.
- Provide a copy of a legitimate
identification document (ID).
foreign languages must be accompanied by sworn translations into English.
Note: The Saqa needs
both the document in the original language and the sworn translation.
- Normal application: 30 working days.
- Urgent application: 20 working days.
- Priority application: 10 working
- Special application: 48 hours (send a
notification to [email protected]).
The cost is available
on the Saqa
Evaluation of foreign
qualifications form is available South African Qualifications Authority.
012 431 5070
012 431 5147
Postnet Suite 248,