As many of you may already be aware, the QCTO is currently considering historically registered qualifications on the OQSF for replacement by occupational qualifications. This refers to qualifications that have an expiry date 31 March 2018 and 30 June 2018 across many sectors including the Financial & Accounting sector under which the ICB qualifications fall.
The expiry of qualifications is a normal process as the lifespan of a qualification is normally three years and after this period, the qualification usually gets reviewed and depending the outcome of the review process, the qualification either gets re-registered, significantly changed, or replaced by a newly developed qualification.
The ICB has applied to the QCTO to re-align its registered qualifications. The realignment process aims to convert the historically registered qualifications into occupational qualifications before the current registration end date expires. This is done to ensure that qualifications conform to the QCTO model.
We wish to remind our training providers that it is the responsibility of ICB as the QAP to the QCTO to fulfil the above process and not the training providers.
However, it is important to note that training providers currently accredited for qualifications registered until 31 March 2018 and 30 June 2018 which are the registration end dates will have until 31 March 2019 or 30 June 2019 (depending registration end date) to enrol new learners onto these qualifications, this is regarded as the last date of enrolment. Furthermore, there will be a teach-out period which enables registered learners to complete their qualification until the last date of achievement as recorded on the registered qualification that is available for download from SAQA’s website. Provider’s accreditation for the historically registered qualifications will be valid until the last date of achievement.
The transitional process is a work in progress for QCTO and its stakeholders and therefore some processes will be only be clarified and finalised at a later stage. The ICB will continue to update providers when there are new official developments, to ensure that our providers and learners are not adversely affected by these changes.