Verification of South African Qualifications
All communication for verification services should be done electronically:
- Clients that have a legal contract with SAQA for verifications must send an email to
- Individual requests for verification letters must be sent to
No emails should be sent to individual SAQA staff members as this results in duplication and lengthens the verification process.
What is an Extract from the National Learners' Records Database and how different is it from a Verification Letter?
An extract from the National Learners' Records Database (NLRD) is a copy of the information recorded under your name on the NLRD. It may not contain all the qualifications or part-qualifications you obtained. SAQA strives to keep the NLRD up-to-date.
Qualifications and part-qualifications are only recorded on the NLRD after they have been quality-assured and authenticated. An Extract from the NLRD is not a verification as it may not contain all your achievements.
How long does it take to verify a South African qualification?
Verification takes from 2 to 20 working days depending on the priority selected and availability of the record on the NLRD. The standard for verification is to find a result within 20 working days where after the request will be closed as “inconclusive”. You will pay the discounted tariff if it takes longer than the requested priority to finalise the verification.
SAQA receive data from all registered education institutions and can find the achievement record with fieldwork even if it is not recorded on the NLRD yet. However, some qualifications are difficult to verify as they are stored in archives.
What are the different verification services that SAQA offers?
SAQA offers the following verification services to employers, learners, and other clients at a cost.
- Verification Letters for individuals
This service is for individuals who need a verification letter confirming their tertiary qualifications obtained in South Africa. The verification letter is for qualifications or part-qualifications registered on the NQF and NOT for short courses and professional designations.
To access this service click on this link:
- Private Sector Clients (Employers)
This service is for Private Sector Employers who want to authenticate the qualifications of candidates or existing employees. Short courses and professional designations are not included in this service. The evaluation of foreign qualifications is a separate service.
To access the services and the procedures to follow, you can click on the link
- Public Sector Clients (Employers)
This service is for Public Sector Employers who want to authenticate the qualifications of candidates or existing employees. Short courses and professional designations are not included in this service. The evaluation of foreign qualifications is a separate service.
To access the services and the procedures to follow, you can click on this link:
- What is VeriSearch?
VeriSearch is the access portal for verification clients that signed a contract with SAQA where they can access their verification results in a secure and confidential environment.
Only employees authorised by the client may access this portal by following this link:
What do I need to know about the verification of South African qualifications?
SAQA verifies the authenticity of South African qualifications for employers or individuals. You can access this service by following this link:
The verification result can be in the form of a letter to be legalised by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to enable an employer to make an appointment.
The verification is done at a cost related to the request and priority selected by the client. The tariffs are adjusted annually on 1 April and can be viewed by following this link: