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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are the CEA Short Courses SAQA compliant?

In terms of the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) Framework for Delegated Functions, Higher Education Institutions (HEI) have the authority to quality assure its own Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) and the certification is thus also SAQA compliant

2. Are the CEA Short Courses qualifications?

Yes, the courses offered by CEA are qualifications. They are registered in terms of the Council for Higher Education guidelines.

3. What does NQF Level 6:16 Credits mean?

When an institution/university offers training it should be done on a certain NQF level, carrying a specific amount of credits, expressed as notional hours. One notional hour is ten learning hours. THUS, 16 credits represent 160 learning hours. The NQF Level is determined by the training/education provider when offering training/education and conforms to the national Department of Education/NQF system for Levels and Credits. It is a universal scale used by all industries and all institutions in SA. NQF Level 6 is on university B-degree level.

4. How many CPD points can I earn?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points ARE NOT determined by the Department of Education and the systems used are not universal. The most important aspect is that EACH professional body for each profession decides for themselves how they want to structure their CPD requirements. Some may require 30 points a year and others 100 points per year. These requirements do not “speak” to each other as each body is at liberty to require and structure their CPD points according to their own preference. They decide the numbers and the values attached to options acceptable for earning CPD points for their profession. CEA cannot answer this question regarding how many CPD points can be earned. ONLY the institution from which you want to earn the CPD points (which are then logged into their data base for each person) can advise what they will award, for say, a course presented by an university on NQF Level 6: 16 Credits. THUS, send the promotional information regarding the CEA Short Courses to the relevant institutions to award the CPD points; CEA cannot decide on their behalf what they should accept and what value system they should use. It differs for different professions.

5. Can I get accredited by any professional body once the certificate has been issued?

NO education institutions determines which qualifications any professional body considers for credits when receiving an application for registration/accreditation in a specific category. You have to approach the institution from which you seek registration/accreditation and request them to consider your qualifications/credits for registration/accreditation.

6. Are there any prerequisites to attend the CEA Short Courses?

The courses require that candidates have matriculated. Applicants that do not hold a matric certificate may also apply and request to be allowed on strength of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Thus experience based.

7. Would my company be able to claim a refund if they sponsor me to attend your Short Courses if my company is registered and accredited with the Services Sector, Education & Training Authority?

Your company has to go through the normal Skills Development Planning, claims, etc. as required by your relevant SETA. The CEA Short Courses are offered in collaboration with HEIs/universities who have duly registered the courses with the Council for Higher Education (CHE). CEA have been presenting courses in collaboration with HEIs for more than a decade and employers have always followed the SETA route without problems. However, we are obviously not in control of decision making at the SETA, but are not aware of any constraints.

8. Are the Short Courses recognised internationally?

Every institution or organisation in the world (also South Africa) decides individually what education and training from anywhere in the world are acceptable to them. No “country” as a whole has a “blanket” acceptance policy, not even automatic acceptance of SA matriculants for university study. Each body applies its own criteria and accepts what they see fit. However, a certificate, diploma, degree, etc which are issued by a registered HEI/university will obviously enjoy more favourable evaluation.

9. What does the course fee include?

The fee includes all lectures during the five days, all the study material, the test and assignment evaluation and the certification. It also includes refreshments and lunch.

10. Is accommodation included in the course fee?

No, accommodation and travelling are not included and are for the delegates’ own accounts, but we can provide you with a list of recommended places of accommodation.

11. Towards what qualification can the credits on the short programmes be used?

Our programmes are stand-alone learning units/packages. Our objective is to provide delegates with a meaningful body of knowledge that can be utilised in practice after completion of a programme. The programmes are not structured to be “building blocks” for other qualifications. It is practical career enhancing learning experiences . However, HR Practitioners and other interested parties can assess the “learning weight” of the programmes and acknowledge that when assessing the knowledge standing of an applicant or employee.