A list of registered colleges with department of education

Not every South African successfully secures a slot in the public universities. If this is the case, the best way to attain higher education is through a registered college that offers high-quality education.

It is not uncommon for young South Africans to enrol in bogus institutions only to be frustrated after that.

To avoid such a scenario, you should ascertain that your preferred college is among the registered colleges with Department of Education.

How to check whether a college is registered or not

A college, private or public, should be able to give proof that they are registered with the Department of Higher Education. Ask the college to send you proof of their DHET registration certificate. You can also contact the Department of Higher Education and enquire about a college’s credentials. Private colleges should also be accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) and Umalusi. Colleges that fall under, and that are registered with the Quality Council For Trades & Occupations (QCTO), do not need to register with DHET.

List of accredited colleges in South Africa (Private colleges)

The following are the private colleges that have met all qualifications and are legally permitted to educate the South African population. The list includes their registration numbers;

  • Gauteng Province AAA School of Advertising (Pty) Ltd- 2000/HE07/015
  • Academy for Facilities Management (Pty) Ltd (A4FM) – 2009/HE07/012
  • Afrikaanse Protestantse Akademie (Die) NPC –1999/HE08/001
  • Academy of Sound Engineering (Pty) Ltd –2009/HE07/011
  • Akademia NPC- 2011/HE08/005
  • Akademiese Reformatoriese Opleiding en Studies (AROS) NPC –2012/HE08/001
  • Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa (The) NPC –2000/HE08/004
  • Belgium Campus I ITVERSITY NPC – 2003/HE08/001
  • Boston City Campus and Business College (Pty) Ltd –2003/HE07/002
  • Boston Media House (Pty) Ltd –2008/HE07/007
  • Business Management Training College (Pty) Ltd –2011/HE07/002
  • Camelot International Pty (Ltd) –2000/HE07/018
  • Centurion Akademie (Edms)Bpk/Centurion Academy (Pty) Ltd – 2001/HE07/003
  • Cranefield College (Pty) Ltd t/a Cranefield College of Project and Programme Management – 2000/HE07/010 CTI
  • Education Group (Pty) Ltd – 2004/HE07/004
  • Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management (Pty) Ltd – 2004/HE07/003
  • Empilweni Education (Pty) Ltd – 2008/HE07/002
  • Foundation for Professional Development (Pty) Ltd – 2002/HE07/013
  • Greenside Design Center College of Design (Pty) Ltd t/a Design Center College of Design – 2000/HE07/028
  • Health and Fitness Professionals Academy (Pty) Ltd – 2001/HE07/002
  • Healthnicon SA (Pty) Ltd – 2009/HE07/006
  • Hebron Theological College NPC – 2001/HE08/003
  • Henley Business School Limited – 2010/HE10/001
  • IMM Graduate School of Marketing (Pty) Ltd – 2000/HE07/013
  • Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd – 2007/HE07/002
  • Inscape Education Group (Pty) Ltd – 2000/HE07/002
  • International Academy of Reflexology and Meridian Therapy (Pty) Ltd – 2000/HE07/014
  • International College of Bible and Missions NPC – 2005/HE08/001
  • International Trade Institute of Southern Africa NPC – 2002/HE08/001
  • IQ Academy (Pty) Ltd: Previous name: Fernwood Business College (Pty) Ltd – 2012/HE07/001
  • Life Healthcare Group (Pty) Ltd – 2008/HE07/003 LISOF (Pty) Ltd – 2002/HE07/002
  • Milpark Education (Pty) Ltd – 2007/HE07/003
  • Monash South Africa Limited (Incorporated in Australia External Profit Company) – 2000/HE10/002
  • Nazarene Theological College NPC – 2001/HE08/004
  • Netcare Education (Pty) Ltd – 2014/HE07/010
  • Open Learning Group (Pty) Ltd – 2009/HE07/005
  • Open Window (Pty) Ltd – 2000/HE07/016
  • Pearson Institute of Higher Education (Pty) Ltd – 2001/HE07/008
  • Regenesys Management (Pty) Ltd – 2000/HE07/023
  • South African School of Motion Picture Medium & Live Performance (Pty) Ltd t/a AFDA – 2001/HE07/012
  • South African Theological Seminary NPC – 2001/HE08/005
  • Southern Africa Bible College NPC – 2000/HE08/006
  • Southern Business School (Pty) Ltd – 2002/HE07/015
  • Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy (Pty) Ltd – 2009/HE07/008
  • St. Augustine College of South Africa NPC – 2000/HE08/002
  • St John Vianney Seminary NPC – 2000/HE08/007
  • Theological Education by Extension College NPC – 2008/HE08/002
  • Turaco Hospitality (Pty) Ltd t/a Swiss Hotel School – 2010/HE07/006

Western Cape Province

  • ACT Cape Town (Pty) Ltd –2013/HE07/002
  • Animation School (Pty) Ltd –2009/HE07/013
  • BHC School of Design (Pty) Ltd –2010/HE07/003
  • Cape Audio College (Pty) Ltd –2012/HE07/002
  • Cape Town Baptist Seminary NPC – 2000/HE08/005
  • Cape Town College of Fashion Design (Pty) Ltd – 2014/HE07/005
  • Centre for Creative Education/Iziko La Bantu Be Afrika NPC City Varsity (Pty) Ltd – 2001/HE07/004
  • Concept Interactive (Cape) Pty Ltd – 2009/HE07/003
  • Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC – 2001/HE08/006
  • Dermatech (Pty) Ltd – 2014/HE07/008 Design Academy of Fashion (Pty) Ltd – 2010/HE07/002
  • Durbanville College (Pty) Ltd – 2000/HE07/009
  • Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design (Pty) Ltd – 2011/HE07/001
  • Exercise Teachers Academy (Pty) Ltd – 2001/HE07/006
  • FEDISA (Pty) Ltd – 2007/ HE07/001
  • Friends of Design- Academy of Digital Arts (Pty) Ltd – Western Cape George Whitefield College NPC – 2007/HE08/002
  • Headstart Mercy Montessori Training Centre (Pty) Ltd – 2010/HE07/001
  • Helderberg College of Higher Education NPC – 2001/HE08/001
  • IHT Hotel School (Pty) Ltd – 2008/HE07/008
  • International Academy of Health and Skin Care (Pty) Ltd – 2009/HE07/001
  • Isa Carstens Academy (Pty) Ltd – 2000/HE07/025
  • MEDICLINIC (Pty) Ltd – 2008/HE07/006
  • Prestige Academy (Pty) Ltd – 2001/HE07/005
  • Private Hotel School (Pty) Ltd – 2010/HE07/005
  • Red and Yellow Creative School of Business (Pty) Ltd – 2005/HE07/002
  • Ruth Prowse School of Art NPC – 2009/HE08/001
  • South African College of Applied Psychology (Pty) Ltd – 2005/HE07/001
  • Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography (Pty) Ltd – 2004/HE07/002
  • Towerstone (Pty) Ltd – 2009/HE07/010 TSIBA Education NPC – 2007/HE08/001


  • Christ Baptist Church Seminary NPC – 2008/HE08/001
  • Southern African Wildlife College NPC – 2011/HE08/004
  • Mpumalanga
  • Christian Reformed Theological Seminary/Christelike Gereformeerde Teologie Seminarium NPC – 2002/HE08/002
  • Mukhanyo Theological College NPC – 2009/HE08/002

Eastern Cape

  • College of Transfiguration NPC – 2013/HE08/002
  • East London Management Institute (Pty) Ltd – 2012/HE07/006
  • Ed-U City Campus (Pty) Ltd – 2002/HE07/003
  • Stenden South Africa BV (Incorporated in the Netherlands) – 2002/HE10/001

North West

  • Potchefstroom Akademie (Edms) Bpk/Potchefstroom Academy (Pty) Ltd – 2001/HE07/001
  • Sonett International Academy (Pty) Ltd – 2000/HE07/019

List of registered FET colleges in South Africa

Further Education and Training (FET) is now commonly known as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET.) The approved Department of Higher Education and Training FET colleges are:

Eastern Cape Region

  • Buffalo City TVET College
  • Eastcape Midlands TVET College
  • Ikhala TVET College
  • Ingwe TVET College
  • King Hintsa TVET College
  • King Sabata Dalindyebo TVET College
  • Lovedale TVET College
  • Port Elizabeth TVET College

Free State Region

  • Flavius Mareka TVET College
  • Goldfields TVET College
  • Maluti TVET College
  • Motheo TVET College

Gauteng Region

  • Central Johannesburg TVET College
  • Ekurhuleni East TVET College
  • Ekurhuleni West TVET College
  • Sedibeng TVET College
  • South West TVET College
  • Tshwane North TVET College
  • Tshwane South TVET College
  • Western TVET College
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal Region
  • Coastal TVET College
  • Elangeni TVET College
  • Esayidi TVET College
  • Majuba TVET College
  • Mnambithi TVET College
  • Mthashana TVET College
  • Thekwini TVET College
  • Umfolozi TVET College
  • Umgungundlovu TVET College

Limpopo Region

  • Capricorn TVET College
  • Lephalale TVET College
  • Letaba TVET College
  • Mopani South East TVET College
  • Sekhukhune TVET College
  • Vhembe TVET College
  • Waterberg TVET College


  • Ehlanzeni TVET College
  • Gert Sibande TVET College
  • Nkangala TVET College

Northern Cape Region

  • Northern Cape Rural TVET College
  • Northern Cape Urban TVET College

North West Region

  • Orbit TVET College
  • Taletso TVET College
  • Vuselela TVET College

Western Cape Region

  • Boland TVET College
  • College of Cape Town for TVET
  • False Bay TVET College
  • Northlink TVET College
  • South Cape TVET College
  • West Coast TVET College

How to select the best college

Selecting the best institution is the responsibility of the learner. They should actively seek information. Among the details that the student should know are:

  1. How to check if a college is registered with the department of education.
  2. How to check if the school is registered with the department of education.
  3. How to check if a college is registered with Umalusi.
  4. Where to source the Department of Higher Education and Training exam papers.
  5. How to check the Department of Higher Education and Training FET results- Usually, the DHET announces the release of the results via the official website.

All the above information is readily available through different platforms, especially on the official DHET website. In case of any challenges, a learner can get help via these Department of Higher Education contact details:

  • Website: dhet.gov.za
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Postal Address: Private Bag X174 Pretoria 0001
  • Telephone Number: + 27 12 312 5911
  • Call centre number: 0800 87 2222
  • Career helpline number: 086 999 0123

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