If you have foreign
qualifications and wish to study or work in South Africa, you might have to
apply to the 
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

Professional bodies
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.

you should do

  1. Obtain the application form from Saqa, or
    complete your application 
    online (recommended).
  2. Complete all the sections of the
    application form. 
  3. Ensure that proof of the necessary payment
    (always to be made in ZAR currency) accompanies the application. 
  4. Provide legible and certified true copies of
    all documents required. 
  5. Provide a copy of a legitimate
    identification document (ID).

Certificates in
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.

long does it take

  • Normal application: 30 working days.
  • Urgent application: 20 working days. 
  • Priority application: 10 working
  • Special application: 48 hours (send a
    notification to 
    [email protected]).

How much
does it cost

The cost is available
on the 

Forms to

Evaluation of foreign
qualifications form is available South African Qualifications Authority.

to contact

Saqa contacts


National office


012 431 5070


012 431 5147


[email protected]





Physical address

South African
Qualifications Authority, Quality Assurance and Development, Hatfield Forum
West, 1067 Arcardia Street, Hatfield, Pretoria

Postal address

Postnet Suite 248,
Private Bag X06, Waterkloof, 014