Beware of unregistered colleges

Beware of unregistered colleges

We know what it’s like: you’ve finished matric, you’re excited about your future and the next step is to choose what to study, and just as important, where to study!

There are so many tertiary institutions available to South African students that it can often be confusing as to which is the best fit for you. Never mind the fact that any academic course is a financial investment that shouldn’t be taken likely.

It may be tempting to choose a course that is quick, seemingly easier or even cheaper than the others, but that’s not always the best route. Sadly, many students have discovered all too late that their time and money have been channelled into an institution that is not properly accredited with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), often making their qualification worthless.

Before you sign up for a course, make sure you read this statement from the DHET:

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has a statutory responsibility for regulating the activities of private higher education institutions and colleges operating in South Africa. The Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997), the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions, 2016, and the Continuing Education and Training Act, 2006 (Act No. 16 of 2006) make it mandatory for private institutions, local or foreign, offering higher education programmes to be registered with the DHET before they operate.

Recently, the Department has noticed the mushrooming of colleges and institutions purporting to offer higher education and college programmes without registration with the DHET. The Department wishes to warn the public about these unscrupulous institutions. The public is advised to contact the Department to verify and confirm the registration and accreditation status of a private college before enrolling for any qualification.

There several ways to make sure your chosen institution is correctly accredited with DHET:

● Call the DHET call centre on 0800 87 2222 (toll-free)
● Consult the DHET website to access the Registers of Private Higher Education Institutions and Colleges
● Contact your local District Office of Education for the Registers of Private Higher Education Institutions and Colleges. You can find your local office here.
● Visit the DHET at 123 Francis Baard Street, Pretoria

The public can also contact the DHET’s Career Development Service:
• SMS Service: Send an SMS to 072 204 5056 with your question
• Send a “please call me” to 072 204 5056
• Phone 086 999 0123 (Mon to Fri: 08h00 to 16h30)
• Email
• Visit, Facebook:; or Twitter:

Remember that every citizen is protected by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. In addition to this, students are protected by:
• The Higher Education Act, 1997, (Act No. 101 of 1997) and its Regulations
• The Continuing Education and Training Act, 2006 (Act No. 16 of 2006) and its Regulations
• The Consumer Protection Act, 2008 (Act No. 68 of 2008)

At Edgars Club, we fully support the DHET in this matter to protect our members from bogus colleges. So once you’ve confirmed that a college is registered, you can focus on choosing the course that will help you get to where you want to be. Here’s to your success!

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