What is accreditation and why should programmes be accredited?

Only programmes accredited by the HEQC can be offered by a higher education institution, whether public or private. Private providers are also required to be licensed and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

Accreditation refers to a recognition status granted to a programme for a stipulated period of time after an HEQC evaluation indicates that it meets minimum standards of quality. One of the main reasons for programme accreditation is to protect students against poor quality programmes.