SAQA Academic Qualification & Document Legalisation Service.

How do I get an academic qualification certificate verification

South African degrees first require verification from SAQA, before they can be apostilled at DIRCO.

What is SAQA (the South African Qualifications Authority)?

The role of SAQA, as stipulated in the NQF Act, is to advance the objectives of the NQF, oversee the further development and implementation of the NQF, and co-ordinate the Sub-Frameworks. SAQA’s functions are set out in section 13 of the NQF Act, which, in summary, mandates SAQA to:
  • Oversee NQF implementation and collaborate with the Quality Councils
  • Develop and implement NQF policies and criteria
  • Register qualifications and part-qualifications on the NQF
  • Recognise professional bodies and register professional designations
  • Undertake research and collaborate with international counterparts
  • Maintain the National Learners’ Records Database
  • Provide an evaluation and advisory service with respect to foreign qualifications
  • Inform the public about the NQF
  • Provide advice to the Minister of Higher Education and Training

Can I get in touch with SAQA for academic qualification verifications?

Members of the public cannot easily apply for the verifications of their academic certificates directly with SAQA. Rather consider using a professional document legalisation company to verify your South-African academic credentials. We can assist you with this. 

How long does it take to verify qualifications?

The standard for SAQA verification 4 - 20 working days. 

How much do I pay for SAQA evaluation?

We charge a all inclusive fee of R1500 to obtain a SAQA verification, which fee includes the SAQA fee. 

Does SAQA certificate expire?

You will need a SAQA certificate if you want to apply for the Critical Skills Work Visa, or for the General Work Visa. The good news is the SAQA certificate does not lose validity, so once you have it, it's valid forever.