Umalusi (the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education Training) is responsible for the verification of some academic certificates. Umalusi verifies certificates issued for all of the following qualifications:
• The Senior Certificate (SC or Matric) which was offered before 2008 (obtain a replacement Matric certificate here)
• The National Senior Certificate (NSC)
• The National Technical Certificate N3
• The National Senior Certificate: Colleges – phased out at the end of 2011
• The National Certificate: Vocational (NCV) commenced in 2007
• The General Education and Training Certificate for Adults (GETC: ABET)
Degrees and Tertiary Qualifications needs to be verified by SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority).
Umalusi verifies the authenticity of the above qualifications which verification in turn can be authenticated or apostilled by DIRCO. The verification result can is thus in the form of a letter to be legalised by DIRCO (The Department of International Relations and Cooperation). Also see our article DIRCO APOSTILLE SERVICE on this website.
Once DIRCO has received your academic certificate and the letter or verification from Umalusi is then apostilled and and a notice are sent for collection.
Each qualification must be apostilled separately, meaning that for multiple apostilles may be required. The above is a truncated version of the various actions and protocols necessary to legalise academic qualifications. The process involves multiple attendances and actions. taking to long or getting bogged down in the process may cost you that overseas employment opportunity.
The process is best left to a professional document legalisation specialist. Louwrens Koen Attorneys provide a fast Umalusi & DIRCO Apostille Certificate Service to assist you in legalising your South African academic documents for use overseas.
Since the implementation of strict Covid protocols it has become incrementally more difficult and time consuming to legalise your documentation in person at SAQA and DIRCO. No walk in customers are allowed and an appointment must be scheduled which may take an considerable time and cause significant frustration. Rather make use of a professional document legalisation company who will get your documents correctly apostilled and legalised in the shortest possible time in these restrictive times.