The South African Nursing Council established under the Nursing Act, 1978 (Act No. 50 of 1978) as amended, is a statutory body that is charged with quality assuring of standards of nursing education and training. The Council currently operates in terms of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005) .
As the regulator of Nursing Education and Training, the Council must -
In respect of assessment and moderation, the Council must -
Purpose of registration of Assessors and Moderators
Providers of nursing education and training are required to have assessment systems (policies, procedures, review mechanisms) in place. For this reason, people who assess candidates against the outcomes of qualifications or those who moderate assessment need to undergo the necessary training according to the Generic Assessment / Moderation Unit Standards accredited by the Education Training and Development Practices Sector Education Training Authority (ETDP/SETA). This will ensure consistency of practice in assessment/moderation, and will ensure that principles of assessment (fairness, validity, authenticity and consistency) are maintained.
The South African Nursing Council has decided that registered nurse educators (tutors) will be regarded as qualifying for registration as Assessor/Moderator based on their Nursing Education qualification. They will not be required to undertake the generic unit standards for Assessment/Moderation.
Those nurses who are not Nursing Educators will still have to undergo the required generic unit standards in Assessment/Moderation should they wish to register as Assessor/Moderator.
An updated list of accredited providers of assessor training can be obtained from the Education Training and Development Practices (ETDP) SETA at the address or on the ETDP SETA website.
Requirements for registration as Assessor/Moderator
The South African Nursing Council will register persons (as Assessors/Moderators) who meet the following requirements inter alia:
3.1 Proof of registration with the South African Nursing Council in Nursing Education OR submission of a certificate of competence against the Generic Assessment/Moderation Unit Standards.
3.2 Relevant teaching and/or clinical experience.
3.3 Proof of registration with the South African Nursing Council against a specific qualification.
3.4 Proof of registration of a specific unit standards and/or qualification/s that she/he intends assessing/moderating.
Process of Registration as Assessor/Moderator
The process of registration as Assessor/Moderator is as follows:
Period of registration
The period of registration as an assessor or as a moderator shall be 4 years.
De-registration of Assessors/Moderators
Assessors/Moderators in the nursing sector that are registered by the South African Nursing Council , will be de-registered if they:
If an application as an assessor/moderator is rejected, the applicant has the right to appeal against such a decision. The following procedure will be followed:
For more information please do not hesitate to contact the Nursing Council at telephone number 012 420-1000 .
Application for Registration as Assessor/Moderator Form
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