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2 March 2006

TO ALL: NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
NURSING STAKEHOLDERS

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PRIVATE NURSING EDUCATION PROVIDERS OF FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS

In terms of the requirements of Section 25 of the Further Education and Training Act, 1998 (Act No. 98 of 1998), the Department of Education requires all private education institutions offering educational qualifications that fall within the Further Education and Training Band to register with the Department of Education by 30 May 2006.

  Click here to see a copy of the Government Notice to this effect issued by the Minister of Education.

  1. Implications for Private Nursing Education Providers currently approved by South African Nursing Council (SANC)

1.1    All private nursing education providers that are currently approved by SANC to provide educational qualifications that lead to enrolment as a Nursing Auxiliary and/or Nurse are required to submit their applications for registration as a Further Education and Training Institution to the Department of Education on or before 30 May 2006.

1.2    Failure to comply with requirements for registration with the Department of Education will leave the SANC with no option but to terminate the provisioning of nursing training at the institution due to non-compliance with a statutory requirement.

1.3    These institutions must submit proof of registration as a Further Education and Training Institution to SANC by 30 June 2006.

Proof of registration required:

i)    Certified copy of registration certificate; or

ii)    Proof of application made to the Department of Education within the required deadline of 30 May 2006. In this case, you must submit:

a)    Certified copy of your application form with proof of acknowledgement of receipt from the Department of Education; and

b)    Certified copy of registration certificate within 12 weeks of application.

1.4    The required proof of registration to be submitted to SANC via registered mail to the following address:

The Registrar
South African Nursing Council
P O Box 1123
Pretoria
0001

  1. Implications for prospective Private Nursing Education Providers awaiting SANC Accreditation/Approval

2.1    Prospective nursing education providers that are awaiting accreditation by SANC as providers of nursing education qualifications that lead to enrolment as a Nursing Auxiliary and/or Nurse, will only be accredited and eligible to commence with providing nursing education and training once the provider is registered as a Further Education and Training Institution by the Department of Education.

2.1    Applications already processed will be held in abeyance until the applicant provides SANC with proof that the institution is registered as a Further Education and Training Institution i.e. a certified copy of the institution’s registration certificate.

  1. Implications for prospective Private Nursing Education Providers intending to apply to SANC for Accreditation as a Nursing Education Provider

3.1    Prospective Nursing Education providers intending to apply for accreditation as providers of nursing education qualifications that lead to enrolment as a Nursing Auxiliary and/or Nurse are required to submit a certified copy of the certificate of registration as a Private Further Education and Training Institution together with their application.

3.2    No applications will be considered unless a copy of the registration certificate is provided to SANC.

(Signed)
Hasina Subedar
Registrar

NB:   For further details regarding registration, application forms and schedule of fees contact:

The Department of Education
Tel: (012) 312 5880 / 5881 / 5878
Website: http://www.education.gov.za/

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