Evaluate your foreign qualifications 

About evaluation of foreign qualifications

If you have foreign qualifications and wish to study or work in South Africa, you might have to apply to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to have your qualifications evaluated. When you apply for either a quota or a general work permit in South Africa, immigration policy requires you to submit a Saqa certificate of evaluation as part of your application.

If you wish to attend a South African educational institution, you will need the Saqa to evaluate your qualification if the institution you have applied to requires you to do so.

Professional bodies may also require you to get a Saqa evaluation of your foreign qualification before you are allowed to practice your profession.

The purpose of the Saqa evaluation is to determine the level of the National Qualifications Framework at which foreign qualifications should be recognised.

This service is offered by the Directorate of Foreign Qualifications Evaluation and Advisory Services (DFQEAS) at the SAQA.
Note: To apply for the evaluation of foreign qualifications, study the procedural guidelines and tariff structure contained in the application form.


What you should do

  1. Obtain the application form from Saqa, download it from the Saqa website or complete your application on-line (recommended).
  2. Complete all the sections of the application form. 
  3. Ensure that proof of the necessary payment (always to be made in ZAR currency) accompanies the application. 
  4. Provide legible and certified true copies of all documents required. 
  5. Provide a copy of a legitimate identification document (ID).

Certificates in foreign languages must be accompanied by sworn translations into English.

Note: The Saqa needs both the document in the original language and the sworn translation.


How long does it take

  • Normal application: 30 working days.
  • Urgent application: 20 working days. 
  • Priority application: 10 working days. 
  • Special application: 48 hours (send a notification to specialrequests@saqa.org.za).

How much does it cost

Products and Services

New Tariff

Application fee (first and further applications) - processing: 30 working days


Fast-tracking for 20 working day turnaround

+R220 (Total R660)

Fast-tracking for 10 working day turnaround

+ R440 (Total R880)

Copies of certificates (requested with applications)

R50 each
Only for third parties; postage included

Replacement certificate (issued once only; thereafter new application)

Issued before 1 June 2010: R200
Issued from 1 June 2010 onwards: R100

Certified statements (standard processing time: 10 working days)


Fee for appeals (fully refundable in the of case of successful appeals)



Bank charges: currency conversion

Foreign currency no longer accepted

Admin cost refund:


Bank charges: international refunds


Cancellation fee


Reactivation fee (to reactivate incomplete applications, or for special requests
such as copies or changes not as a result of oversight by the SAQA


POSTAGE FEES (in line with Postnet fees as on 1 April)

Traceable mail: SOuth Africa


Traceable mail: Southern African Development Community

R95 (Africa)

Traceable mail: international (other)


Copies to third parties

Included in cost of copy (traceable)



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.)

Evaluation of foreign qualifications

Alternatively you can complete your application online (recommended).

Note, however, that a printout of the online application still has to be submitted together with hard copies of the qualification documents, the ID and proof of payment.

A paper-based application is required because scanned qualification documents cannot be accepted for evaluation purposes.



Last modified
17 Jan 2014