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South Africa - Trade Qualifications (26/09/2011)

Trade Qualifications

The qualifications awarded by the institutions listed below qualify for the points indicated where:

  • the qualification is relevant to an occupation in Part B of the List of Skilled Occupations at Appendix 6, and
  • if before 1985 the applicant held a Contract of Apprenticeship in the same or similar occupation as the qualification in Table A awarded or endorsed by:
    • the Registrar of Apprenticeship (1967-1981); or
    • the Registrar of Manpower and Training (1981-1985); or
    • one of the Industry Training Boards listed in Table E.
  • from 1985 onward the applicant, on passing a qualifying trade test in the same or similar occupation as the qualification in Table A holds a:
    • Trade Diploma; or
    • Trade Certificate; or
    • Certificate of Qualification; or
    • Certificate listed in Table E.

    awarded or endorsed by:

    • the Registrar of Manpower and Training (from 1985); or
    • an Industry Training Board (1985 2000); or
    • a Sector Education and Training Authority (from 2000).

Table A

Qualification

Abbreviation*

Level in NZ terms

Points under SMC

National N4 Certificate (1967 ‑ 2012)

N4

4

40

National N5 Certificate (1967 ‑ 2013)

N5

4

40

National Technical Certificate Part 4 (1967 ‑ 1986)

NTC4

4

40

National Technical Certificate Part 5 (1967 ‑ 1986)

NTC5

4

40

National Technical Certificate Part 6 (must have evidence of holding National Technical Certificate Part 5) (1967 ‑ 1986)

NTC6

5

40

National N6 Certificate** (must have evidence of holding National N5 Certificate) (1967 - 2014)

N6

5

40

* Abbreviations used are for the purposes of this list and may not be stated on the award certificates.

Note: If any courses leading to the award of one of the qualifications listed above were taken outside of South Africa, including courses which have been cross-credited towards the listed qualifications please refer to the NZQA for an International Qualification Assessment.

** N6 is also listed on the South Africa Technical and Vocational Qualifications List.

Trade Related Qualifications

The qualifications in the following table qualify for the points indicated where:

  • the qualification is relevant to an occupation in Part B of the List of Skilled Occupations at 6, and
  • the qualification is awarded within the ‘Qualification awarded from’ date range by:
    • a Government Department listed in Table C; or
    • a Technikon/University of Technology listed in Table D, and
  • the applicant, on passing a qualifying trade test holds one of the following qualifications awarded or endorsed by a Government Department, an Industry Training Board or Sector Education and Training Authority:
    • Trade Diploma
    • Trade Certificate
    • Certificate of Qualification
    • Certificate in the same or similar occupation as the qualification in Table B.

Table B

Qualification

Abbreviation*

Level in NZ terms

Points under SMC

National Certificate (for Technicians) (1972 - 1987)

NC (Tech)

4

40

National Higher Certificate (T2)/National Higher Certificate (1988 - 1995)

NHC

4

40

National Certificate (S1)/National Certificate/Certificate in Technology (from 1995)

Refer to NZQA

National Higher Certificate (S2)/National Higher Certificate/Higher Certificate in Technology (1995 - 2008)

NHC (HCTech)

4

40

* Abbreviations used are for the purposes of this list and may not be stated on the award certificates.

Note: If any courses leading to the award of one of the qualifications listed above were taken outside of South Africa, including courses which have been cross-credited towards the listed qualifications please refer to the NZQA for an International Qualification Assessment.

Awarding Bodies

The following institutions may award the qualifications specified from the dates shown:

Table C

Government Department

(Alternative institution names which may be included on the award certificate are indicated in brackets.  Names and dates of institutions have been included in the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment for immigration purposes only.)

Qualification awarded from

Department of Coloured Affairs (Administration of Coloured Affairs)

NC (Tech) 1975 ‑ 1984

Department of Education

N4 1995 ‑ 2009

N5 1995 ‑ 2009

N6 1995 ‑ 2009

Department of Education and Culture

NC (Tech) 1972 ‑ 1987

N4 1967 ‑ 1994

N5 1967 ‑ 1994

N6 1967 ‑ 1994

Department of Internal Affairs

NTC4 1980 ‑ 1984

NTC5 1980 ‑ 1984

NTC6 1980 ‑ 1984

N4 1980 ‑ 1984

N5 1980 ‑ 1984

N6 1980 ‑ 1984

Department of National Education

NC (Tech) 1972 ‑ 1987

NTC4 1967 ‑ 1986

NTC5 1967 ‑ 1986

NTC6 1967 ‑ 1986

Table D

Technikon or University of Technology

(Previous names and dates of change, and alternative institution names which may be included on the award certificate are indicated in brackets.  Names and dates of institutions have been included in the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment for immigration purposes only.)

Qualification awarded from

ML Sultan Technikon

NHC 1988 – 1995

NHC (HCTech) 1995 - 2002

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

NHC (HCTech) 2005 - 2008

Peninsula Technikon

NHC 1988 – 1995

NHC (HCTech) 1995 - 2005

Port Elizabeth Technikon

NHC 1988 – 1995

NHC (HCTech) 1995 - 2004

Technikon Natal

NHC 1988 – 1995

NHC (HCTech) 1995 - 2002

Technikon Pretoria

NHC 1988 – 1995

NHC (HCTech) 1995 - 2003

Technikon Southern Africa (Technikon RSA 1980-1993)

NHC 1993 – 1995

NHC (HCTech) 1995 - 2004

Technikon Witwatersrand

NHC 1988 – 1995

NHC (HCTech) 1995 - 2004

Tshwane University of Technology

NHC (HCTech) 2004 - 2008

University of South Africa

NHC (HCTech) 2004 - 2008

Walter Sisulu University for Technology and Science (Walter Sisulu University)

NHC (HCTech) 2005 - 2008

Table E

Qualifying trade tests awarded by Government Departments, Industry Training Boards or Sector Education and Training Authorities

Qualification awarded from

Certificate (Designated Trade Certificate or Trade Certificate) awarded by the Construction Education and Training Authority (Building Industry Training Board 1991 – 2000)

1993 - 2005

Certificate (or Trade Diploma) awarded by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (MERSETA) (Metal and Engineering Industries Education and Training Board 1991 – 2000; Motor Industry Training Board 1994 ‑ 2000)

1991 - 2007

Certificate awarded by Electrical Contracting Industries Training Board

1993 - 2000

Certificate awarded by Energy Sector Education and Training Authority (ESKOM and Allied Industries Training Board 1994 - 2000)

1994 - 2007

Certificate awarded by the Automobile Manufacturing Industry Education and Training Board

1994 - 2000

Certificate awarded by the Department of Manpower

1971 - 1994

Certificate awarded by the Furniture Industries Training Board

1997 - 2003

Certificate awarded by the Jewellery and Precious Metal Industry Training Board

1996 - 1999

Certificate awarded by the Mining Qualifications Authority (Mining Industry Engineering Trades Training Board 1991 - 2000)

1991 - 2006

Certificate awarded by the Sugar Milling and Refining Industry Artisan Training Board

1995 - 2000

Certificate awarded by the Textile Industries Training Board

1999 - 2000

Certificate awarded by the Transport Education and Training Authority (Transnet Training Board 1992 ‑ 2000)

1992 - 2008

Certificate of Qualification awarded by the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Hairdressing and Cosmetology Industry Training Board 1998 – 2000)

1998 - 2003

Metal and Engineering Industries Artisan Training Board

1991 - 2000

Practical Competence Certificate awarded by the Media, Advertising Publishing, Printing, Packaging Sector Education Training Authority (MAPPP-SETA); or
Certificate awarded by the Printing, Newspaper and Packaging Industries Training Board (1991 – 2000).

1991 - 2010

Trade Certificate awarded by the Chemical, Oil and Allied Industries Training Board

1998 - 2000

Trade Diploma awarded by the Department of Labour

1971 - 1991

Trade Diploma awarded by the Department of Manpower Utilisation

1979 - 1982

Level 3 Qualifications

Appendix 3 does not include Level 3 qualifications. Level three qualifications which are recognised as an exception under the Skilled Migrant Category are included in the list of Qualifications recognised as an Exception (Appendix 8).

Effective 26/09/2011

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