AcronymDefinitionsShort Description
AcronymDefinitionsShort Description
ABET/AETAdult (Basic) Education and Training Adult basic education and training is the general conceptual foundation towards life long learning and development, comprising of knowledge, skills and attitudes required for social, economic and political
participation and transformation applicable to a range of contexts. ABET is flexible, developmental and targeted at the specific needs of particular audiences and ideally, provides access to nationally
recognised certificates.
ABET ACT The Adult Basic Education and Training Act To regulate adult basic education and training; to provide for the establishment, governance and funding of public adult learning centres; to provide for the registration of private adult learning centres; to
provide for quality assurance and quality promotion in adult basic education and training; to provide for transitional arrangements; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
AGETAdult General Education and Training All education that takes place in the general education and training band of the NQF that is aimed at adults.
AGRI SETAAgricultural Sector Education and Training
Authority
AgriSETA facilitates, promotes and incentivises skills development in the agricultural sector.
AVETAdvanced Vocational Education and Training All education that enables learners to develop skills in a particular vocation i.e. hospitality.
BANK SETABanking Sector Education and Training
Authority
BankSETA facilitates, promotes and incentivises skills development in the agricultural sector.
BBBEE Broad-Based Black Economic EmpowermentB-BBEE) is a form of Economic Empowerment, initiated by the South African government, in response to criticism against Narrow Based Empowerment instituted in the country during 2003/2004. While
Narrow Based Black Economic Empowerment led to the enrichment of a few black (Black African, Coloured or Indian) individuals, the goal of Broad-Based Empowerment is to distribute wealth across as
broad a spectrum of South African society as possible. In contrast, Narrow Based empowerment measures only equity ownership and management representation.
BEE Black Economic Empowerment(BEE) is a programme launched by the South African government to redress the inequalities of Apartheid by giving previously disadvantaged groups (black Africans, Coloureds, Indians and some
Chinese) of South African citizens economic privileges previously not available to them. It includes measures such as employment preference, skills development, ownership, management,
socioeconomic development and preferential procurement.
CETA Construction Education and Training AuthorityCETA facilitates, promotes and incentivises skills development in the construction sector.
CHECouncil of Higher EducationTo provide advice to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, on request or on its own initiative, on all aspects of higher education policy.To develop and implement a system of quality assurance for
higher education. To contribute to the development of higher education through intellectual engagement with key national and systemic issues, including international trends, producing publications, holding conferences and conducting research to inform and contribute to addressing the short and long-term challenges facing higher education.
CHIETAChemical Industries Sector Education and Training AuthorityThe Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) is a statutory body established by the Skills Development Act (1998). The Chemical SETA was established to facilitate skills development in the chemical industries sector and ensure that skills needs are identified and addressed through a number of initiatives by the SETA and the sector.
CommCommunicationCommunication is the activity of conveying information through the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, visuals, signals, writing, or behaviour. Communication in English is an extensive learning area in ABET fundamentals.
CREDITSCreditsThe value assigned by the South African Qualifications Authority to ten (10) notional hours of learning.
CTLF SETAClothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather Sector
Education and Training Authority
The Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) SETA facilitates, promotes and incentivises skills development in the clothing, textile, footwear and leather sector.
DIDTETA Diplomacy, Inter Defence and Trade
Education and Training Authority
The sector education and training authority that is responsible for the learning of those individuals in the diplomatic and security sector.
DoE Department of EducationThe Department of Education regulates exactly what, when and how children are being educated within the public school system.
EEEmployment EquityApplies to all employers and workers and protects workers and job seekers from unfair discrimination and also provides a framework for implementing affirmative action.
ESETAEnergy Sector Education and Training
Authority
ESETA promotes, facilitates and incentivises skills development in the energy sector.
ETDEducation, Training and DevelopmentEducation refers to the more formal aspect of gathering knowledge, where the emphasis is on knowledge and less on skill. Training is more skills driven, with less focus on knowledge. Development refers
to the entire process that embraces both education and training over its entire duration.
ETDP SETAEducation, Training and Development
Practices Sector Education and Training
Authority
In general, the ETDP SETA promotes, facilitates and develops education, training and development as a whole.
ETQAEducation and Training Quality Assurance
Authority
The ETQA unit of a SETA is responsible for ensuring the quality assurance of education and training, through the accreditation, monitoring, auditing and moderation of work-based, public and private
training providers. The ETQA maintains a learner management system that is compatible with the National Learner Record Database (NLRD), which is administered by SAQA.
FASSETFinancial and Accounting Services Sector
Education and Training Authority
FASSET functions in order to develop competence and capacity, improve productivity, increase levels of investment in education, and to promote employment and self-employment opportunites in its
sector.
FETFurther Education and TrainingFET refers to all learning and training programmes leading to qualifications on levels 2,3,4 of the National Qualifications Framework (these levels are above general education and training but below
higher education).
FIETAForestry Industries Education and Training
Authority
FIETA is responsible for producing skills in its sector.
FLCFoundational Learning CompetenceFLC is the next learning development phase for your employees. This is a fast-tracking programme that will form part of occupational learning programmes and general competence in achieving higher
levels of English and Mathematics.The FLC is a part qualification made up of Foundational Communication (FLC FC) and Foundational Mathematical Literacy (FLC FML).
FOODBEV SETA Food and Beverages Sector Education and
Training Authority
FoodBev SETA promotes, facilitates and incentivises skills development in the food and beverages manufacturing sector.
GETGeneral Education and TrainingGET refers to all learning and training programmes leading to a qualification on level 1 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes levels below further education and training.
GETCGeneral Education Training CertificateGETC is the culmination of learning of the General Education and Training band for schools and for Adult Basic Education, and a foundation for further education and training and/or career pathway, and
can ease access to the Further Education and Training band.
GCEGeneral Certificat of Education The General Certificate of Education (GCE) is an academic qualification that examination boards confer to students.
HETHigher Education and TrainingHigher, post-secondary, tertiary or third level education is the stage of learning that occurs at universities, academies, colleges, seminaries, and institutes of technology. Higher education also includes
certain college-level institutions, such as vocational schools, trade schools, and career colleges, that award academic degrees or professional certifications.
HWSETAHealth and Welfare Sector Education and
Training Authority
The HWSETA has been established to facilitate skills development in the health and social development sector to ensure that the skills needs are identified and addressed through a number of initiatives
by the SETA and the sector.
IEBIndependent Examinations Board The Independent Examinations Board, or IEB, is a South African independent assessment agency which offers examinations for various client schools and training providers.
INSETAInsurance Sector Education and Training NSETA promotes, facilitates and incentivises skills development in the insurance sector.
ISETT SETAInformation systems Electronics and
Telecommunication Technologies Sector
Education and Training Authority
The ISETT SETA is a training accreditation body committed to skills development in the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) sector.
ISOInternational Organization for StandardisationThe ISO is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies (ISO member bodies), who prepare International Standards for organisations to subscribe to. The International Standard for education and
training providers provides a generic model for quality professional practice and performance for learning service proivers.
LiteracyLiteracyLiteracy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen effectively. Language skills are the foundation of learning. Gaining knowledge allows the learner to internalise information and make informed
decisions. Literacy is at the heart of these abilities, which are also necessary traits of the active citizen.
LGSETALocal Government Sector Education and
Training Authority
LGSETA promotes, facilitates and incentivises skills development in the local government sector.
MAPPPP SETAMedia, Advertising, Publishing, Printing and
Packaging Sector Education and Training
Authority
A sector training authority that supports and facilitates education and training in the media, advertising and visual arts, film and electronic media, cultural heritage, publishing, printing and packaging
sectors.
MERSETAManufacturing, Engineering and Related
Services Sector Education and Training
Authority.
MERSETA promotes, facilitates and incentivises skills development in the manufacturing, engineering and related services sector.
MQAMining Qualifications AuthorityMining Qualifications Authority
NLRDNational Learners Records Database The national database where all skills, qualifications and part-qualifications are recorded against an individual's name.
NQFNational Qualifications Framework The NQF defines 10 levels of qualifications. It is an open qualification system. The Framework facilitates access to, and mobility and progression within education, training and career pathways.
NUMNumeracy Numeracy is a learning area that focuses on the learners' ability to reason and to apply simple numerical concepts. Basic numeracy skills consist of comprehending fundamental mathematics like addition,
subtraction, multiplication, and division. Numeracy is often referred to as mathematical literacy.
OQFOccupational Qualifications Framework The OQF is a sub-framework that specifically organises qualifications, skills and part-qualifications that relate directly to an occupation.
QAQuality Assurance QA is the systematic measurement, comparison with a standard, monitoring of processes and an associated feedback loop that confers error prevention.
QCTOQuality Council for Trades and Occupations The quality council that oversees the implementation and management of the Occupational Qualifications Framework.
REALLRapid Effective Accelerated Life Long
Learning
A Triple E Training learning programme where learning is aligned and streamlined to increase progression while integrated with curricula that will encourage solid development so that a learner may
engage in lifelong learning after completion of the programme
RPLRecognition of Prior Learning A process used by colleges and universities around the world to evaluate learning acquired outside the classroom for the purpose of assigning academic credit. Common ways individuals have acquired
college-level learning include: corporate or military training; work experience; civic activity; and independent study.
SAQASouth African Qualifications Authority SAQA is the body that oversees the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework. SAQA advises the Minsters of Education and Labour.
SASSETASafety Sector Education and Training
Authority
The Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA) promotes, facilitates and incentivises skills development in the safety and security sector.
SDFSkills Development Facilitator The SDF promotes a culture of learning in an organisation, by establishing the training needs of employees. He/she convenes the training committee and ensures that appropriate consultative process
around skills development are implemented.
SDLSkills Development LevyThe Skills Development Levy is imposed to promote learning and development in South Africa and is driven by an employer's salary bill.The funds are to be used to develop and improve the skills of
employees. 1% of the total amount paid in salaries to employees (including overtime payments, leave pay, bonuses, commissions and lump sum payments) amounts to the SDL.
SERVICES SETAServices Sector Education and Training AuthorityServices SETA promotes, facilitates and incentivises skills development in the services sector. This SETA incorportates the media and advertising sector.
SETASector EducationThe Sector Education and Training Authority is a vocational skills training organisation in South Africa. Each SETA is responsible for managing and creating learnerships, internships, unit-based skills
programmes and apprenticeships within its jurisdiction or sector.
SLAService Level AgreementA service level agreement (SLA) is a part of a service contract where a service is formally defined. In practice, the term SLA is sometimes used to refer to the contracted delivery time (of the service or
performance). As an example, internet service providers will commonly include service level agreements within the terms of their contracts with customers to define the level(s) of service being sold in
plain language terms.
SORStatement of ResultsAn unofficial copy of the learner's academic results, with neither an original signature nor a seal.
SSETAServices Sector Education and Training
Authority
The Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SSETA) was established and registered in March 2000 in terms of the skills development Act of 1998 and is responsible for the disbursement of the
training levies payable by all employers. These levies are collected by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) via the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), and are to be disbursed
through a management system motivated by skills requirement assessment and monitoring. Thus the SSETA ensures that the skill requirements of the services sector are identified and that adequate and
appropriate skills are readily available.
TETATransport Education and Training Authority TETA promotes, facilitates and incentivises skills development in the transport sector.
UMALUSICouncil for Quality Assurance in General and
Further Education and Training
Umalusi Council sets and monitors standards for general and further education and training in South Africa in accordance with the National Qualifications Framework Act No 67 of 2008 and the General
and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Act No 58 of 2001.
USUnit StandardUnit standards are the specific tasks that need to be achieved to complete a qualification. Each unit standard will have a specific focus and will be worth a particular number of credits. Unit standards are
set at different levels. A Unit Standard is a registered statement of desired education and training outcomes and their associated assessment criteria together with administrative and other information as
specified in the National Standards Body (NSB) Regulations. Unit standards are the building blocks of the outcomes-based education and training system for which the NQF stands.
W&R SETAWholesale and Retail Sector Education and
Training Authority
The Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) promotes, facilitates and incentivises skills development in the wholesale and retail sector.