Institutional Accreditation

Frequently asked questions

SQA is open for walk-ins on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8.30 to 3pm, on other days it is strictly by appointment, but clients may call for clarifications.

"Evaluation" means the process of evaluating and validating qualifications so that the qualifications holder can be considered for further/higher education and/or employment activities. E.g. in the case of GOP application for foreigners.

A "Certified True Copy" is a copy of an original qualification certificate or other document that has been certified by an authority, legal entity, or any other authorised body as being a true copy of the original. The original is always required for this process.

The process of recognition begins only after the applicant has submitted all the required documents. Usually, if all required documents have been submitted along with the application, the certificate(s) are certified on the same day.

The process of evaluation begins only after the applicant has submitted all the required documents. Applications may take from 15 to 60 working days, depending on the specificity of each case. Fast Track Evaluations are usually done within 15 working days

Unit standards are statements of outcome(s) of learning and/or work activity needing to be formally assessed. Unit standards make up the components of a qualification and may be formally recognised as an award independently of the award of the qualification. Unit standards and/or Qualifications are awarded at the end of learning. They are awarded following robust assessment of the abilities of persons who have undertaken formal and/or informal learning in relation to specified knowledge, understanding, skills and personal attributes at a specific level (NQF levels of complexity and demand)

Qualifications and Standards

Institutional accreditation certifies for a specified period of time that an institution has the capacity to provide education and training programmes leading to the award of qualifications. The main duties of the section is to manage the accreditation of institutions, capacitate institutions to develop their internal quality assurance structures and personnel, and monitor institutional compliance to accreditation recommendations.

The Seychelles National Qualifications Framework (NQF) makes provision for the development, recognition and award of qualifications based on standards of knowledge, skills and competences to be acquired by learners. It is designed to provide:

  • Quality assured, nationally recognized consistent training standards and qualifications
  • Recognition and credit for knowledge and skills acquired

Unit standards describe the result of learning as well as what should be assessed but do not dictate the process of learning, i.e. they do not describe how learning should take place or how the outcomes should be assessed.

A qualification can be based on exit-level outcomes and assessment criteria or on unit standards.  Three critical considerations that underpin qualifications development are that qualifications should:

  • serve the purpose of the learner
  • be developed in a consultation with stakeholders; and
  • be focussed on outcomes of learning rather than the process of teaching or learning.

Unit standards represent an ‘award’, signifying that a person has been formally assessed and has attained a nationally agreed standard of performance.  They are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) to enable national recording of their being attained.  People are able to receive national recognition for both their whole qualification and what they specifically did/demonstrated to receive the qualification.  Should someone not complete a whole qualification, they will gain recognition for the outcomes of learning and/or work activities that they are able to perform (part qualification).


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Training of standards developers at SIT


The NQF makes provision for three unit standard types on the Seychelles NQF:

  1. Specific unit standards that refer to specific knowledge, skills, attitudes and values which form the grounding or basis needed to undertake the education, training or further learning required in the obtaining of a qualification.
  • Essential unit standards that refer to generic knowledge, skills, attitudes and values deemed necessary for all qualifications and are:
  • Communication
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Numeracy
  • Elective unit standards that refer to additional knowledge, skills, attitudes and values from which a choice may be made to ensure that the purpose of a qualification is achieved.

The standards are developed by committees of content specialists drawn from institutions, professional bodies, professions/occupations and sectors, in close collaboration with SQA. The SQA’s team’s role is to identify, coordinate and lead the activity. The Authority will also provide training in the writing of unit standards, as well as technical advice and guidance.



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