What are the benefits of SETA accredited training?

SETA (Skills Education Training Authority) accredited training entails that a skills development course is approved by one of the 21 industry specific SETAs. Each SETA sets specific standards for training providers which ensures the quality of the SETA accredited course. Once the attendee has completed the SETA accredited training, they will obtain recognition of competence that is recognised throughout the whole of South Africa. It confirms the level of proficiency and quality of training undertaken for current and future employers.

Therefore, the main benefit for employers is the knowledge that a certain standard has been set and adhered to by the course provider. The attendee has the benefit of knowing their training will be recognized throughout South Africa and can aim to complete a full Qualification Title if numerous courses have been successfully passed of the same qualification standard.

Will the company be able to recover the course costs from SARS?

According to the Skills Development Act (No 9 of 1999), any company registered in South Africa with an annual total payroll exceeding R500 000 per annum has to pay a skills levy of 1% of their monthly payrolls to SARS. The funds are used for education and training in businesses within various sectors, with the aim to expand the knowledge and competencies of their labour force. If the company fulfils certain conditions, for example, a successful implementation of a Workplace Skills Plan, the company will be eligible to apply for a Mandatory Grant rebate of their skills levy. In addition companies can apply for funds through Pivotal Programmes. The process differs between the SETAs and we recommend that you contact the relevant SETA directly for more information.

What does SETA, ETQA, SAQA and NQF stand for?

“SETA” stands for “Sector Education and Training Authority” in South Africa and are considered governmental assigned Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) bodies. In total, 21 different SETA’s established under the Skills Development Act (RSA, 1998c) cover all sectors of the South African economy. They are concerned with quality assuring training and education in relevant industries. For example, our Energy Efficiency Management and Water Efficiency Management courses are accredited with the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA). Their job is to help implement the National Skills Development Strategy and to increase the skills of people in their specific sector. The over arching body of all Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) bodies, i.e. SETAs is the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is managed by SAQA. It ensures quality and genuine qualification that is nationally benchmarked and internationally comparable. Each SAQA unit standard has an assigned NQF level and credits.

Additional information can be found under:
www.nqf.org.za
www.saqa.org.za

Which SETA accredits our courses?

Energy Efficiency Management course
EWSETA – Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority
www.eseta.org.za

Energy Management Fundamentals course (accreditation in progress)
EWSETA – Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority
www.eseta.org.za

Water Efficiency Management course
EWSETA – Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority
www.eseta.org.za

Carbon Footprint Analyst course
LGSETA – Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority
www.lgseta.co.za

Will I have to pass any exams or assignments after the course to receive SETA accreditation?

There will be no exams after the course but a Portfolio of Evidence, i.e. an assignment package. It will be supplied to the participant after the course and includes a variety of questions and assignments. The answers have to be supplied back to us within 1 month of the course completion. The exact submission date will be given to the participant during the course. A successful completion of the course will be certified with a certificate of competency. Students will be able to resubmit their Portfolio of Evidence if the assessor deems the students as not yet competent.

Who will be assessing my assignment and decide if I have been found competent?

The Portfolio of Evidence will be assessed by a registered constituent Assessor and moderated by a registered constituent Moderator. Both will be specialists in the field and registered with a Education and Training Qualification Assurance (ETQA) body, i.e. industry specific SETA.

Will I receive a certificate after the course?

Each participant will receive a Certificate of Attendance after the course. A Certificate of Competency in compliance with the SAQA and SETA standard will be issued after successfully completion of the Portfolio of Evidence.

NEW: CIWEM Accredited Courses

Three Terra Firma Academy Courses are now accredited with the international Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) – the leading international Royal Chartered professional body dedicated to the water and environment sector.

CIWEM has accredited 18 CDP points to each of the following Terra Firma Academy courses:

This is a major milestone for Terra Firma Academy, because it acknowledges the quality, high standard and professionalism of our courses. Our educational programs, which have now been professionally accredited by CIWEM have had their curriculum and facilities subjected to a demanding evaluation against external standards commonly held by the profession concerned. CIWEM accredits courses firstly to meet the educational requirements for CIWEM membership at appropriate grades (see example below), provided that the content of the course relates to the disciplines of the water and environmental management professions. And secondly, training programmes that align with the professional interests of its members.

By and large, CIWEM represents and supports a community of thousands of members and organisations in 89 countries. Terra Firma Academy and CIWEM share the aim to work towards a safer, more sustainable world and the vision to build a global community of environmental professionals dedicated to working for the public benefit. Giving rise to qualified professional sustainability and environmental managers as well as the development and promotion of the highest standards of professional expertise and conduct form a big part of our common vision. We both champion professional standards and the use of scientific evidence in the management of the environment.

Professional qualifications have been shown to lead to an increase in salary through a recent survey carried out by CIWEM with 20 percent of respondents receiving a pay rise as a direct result of gaining additional qualifications. Terra Firma Academy and CIWEM recognise that many professionals do not have the time to attend lengthy courses on sustainability or undertake the rigorous assessment process of becoming chartered through CIWEM. Therefore, Terra Firma Academy has a rich portfolio of environmental short courses and CIWEM has created a new grade to recognise professional qualifications and expertise through their “Member grade”.

The benefits of this new Member grade include:

  • Use of designatory letters MCIWEM
  • Subscriptions to CIWEM’s publications and access to industry news.
  • The opportunity to network with leading environmental professionals at CIWEM events
  • Enhancement of your career prospects through professional recognition
  • IPD and CPD programmes leading to chartered status
  • Mentorship – CIWEM provide mentor’s support from fellow members
  • Networking and connecting with international peers around the world.

You can join CIWEM at any stage in your career. Becoming a member will help you get recognised in the international industry and boost your career development. CIWEM’s grades of membership are sought after by employers in the international environmental sectors. By joining CIWEM, you will become a part of a leading network of professionals who abide by CIWEM’s Code of Ethics, uphold the highest professional standards and demonstrate a commitment to improving the environment for future generations. We at Terra Firma Academy would like to see our students well established and professionally recognized in this field of sustainability specialists, where their achievements mitigate climate change and environmental degradation – Together for a viable future!