Register as a private further education and training (FET) college 

About registering as private further education and training (FET) college
To offer full National Qualifications Framework (NQF) qualifications on levels 2 to 4 you must register as a private FET college with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in terms of the Further Education and Training Colleges Act, 2006 (Act 16 of 2006).

However, the following are not required to register with the DHET:

  • a school offering further education and training programmes under the South African Schools Act
  • an organ of state that provides education and training.

Institutions that offer short courses, non-NQF programmes or parts of qualifications, are not affected by registration in terms of the FET Colleges Act, 2006. 


What you should do

  1. Complete the application form and submit it to the DHET.
  2. Pay a non-refundable application fee of R500 to the DHET by cheque, postal order or cash. 

How long does it take

It may take up to six months to register your institution.


Forms to complete

(Forms are provided in PDF format. To open PDF documents, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader 4 or higher installed on your computer.)

Application for registration as Private Further Education and Training College


Who to contact

Department of Higher Education and Training
Tel: 080 087 2222    
Fax: 012 323 8817    
Physical address: Department of Higher Education and Training, Directorate: Private FET Colleges, 6th Floor, Room 629, 123 Francis Baard Street, Pretoria.    
Postal address: Private Bag X174, Pretoria, 0001.


Last modified
16 Jan 2014