Protecting the learner through the validation of qualifications


To simplify, it means that the specific programme has met nationally acceptable standards laid down by nationally recognised and competent bodies.

In Seychelles the legally constituted body is the Seychelles Qualifications Authority (SQA). Other countries have authorities or similar organisations which set the standards, approve the programme or delegate this power to other organisations or institutions. SQA works with such bodies and when it is satisfied that their standards are credible, it recognises their qualifications.

Programmes which are recognised have full validation. Provisionally validated programme are also recognised but the institutions need to rework certain aspects to meet the required standard. Programmes which have not been submitted for validation or which does not meet minimum standards are termed non-accredited programmes. Fully validated programmes are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), which is, in a sense, a brand of quality.

The SQA works jointly with the Department of Education, the NHRDC and various professional bodies in this task. It makes use of experts in the field, and it actively assists and supports institutions to come up to the standards required.

Validation then is a process designed to ensure that learners get the maximum from their education training and that they are protected. The other important considerations for learners enrolling on validated programmes are recognition of their qualification by the Department of Public Administration and the likelihood of greater international recognition of their qualifications, both regionally and beyond.

So, to all learners out there who are considering joining programmes on offer (whether the programme is being offered locally or overseas), especially at the start of a new academic year, you also need to consider informing yourself on the status of the programme. Ask yourself – Is this programme validated and recognised, and if so, by whom? In this quest SQA personnel are always ready to assist you. You could call 4324055 ext 109 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
SQA wishes all learners a successful 2012.

Contributed by the SQA

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