Circular 11/2003 Criteria for registration of constituent assessors by SANC

28 October 2003

To all:    Nursing Education Institutions
             Nursing Stakeholders


Criteria for Registration of Constituent Assessors by the South African Nursing Council


  1. Background

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.

In terms of Section 5(1)(a)(ii) of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Act, the South African Nursing Council was accredited as an Education and Training Quality Assurance Body in November 2000. As an ETQA, it has to fulfill the following functions:

Accredit providers of nursing programmes;
Promote quality amongst constituent providers;
Monitor nursing programmes;
Evaluate assessment and facilitate moderation amongst constituent providers;
Register constituent assessors for unit standards and qualifications falling within its primary focus;
Certificate learners;
Co-operate with relevant moderating bodies;
Recommend new standards or qualifications to National Standards Bodies or modifications to existing standards and qualifications;
Maintain a database of learners, providers, etc; and
Submit reports to SAQA.

In respect of assessment, the SANC – ETQA has the following role:

Evaluate assessment and facilitate moderation among its constituent providers i.e. nursing education institutions;
Formulate criteria for registration of assessors;
Register constituent assessors for specific registered unit standards and / or qualifications.


  1. Purpose of registration of assessor

In accordance with the ETQA Regulations, providers of education and training are required to have assessment systems (policies, procedures, review mechanisms) in place. For this reason, people who assess or intend to assess candidates against unit standards and /or qualifications need to undergo training according to the Generic Assessment Unit Standards accredited by the Education Training and Development Practices Sector Education Training Authority (ETDP/SETA). This will ensure consistency of practice in assessment, and will ensure that principles of assessment (fairness, validity, authenticity and consistency) are maintained.

Although it is generally acknowledged that people who have been involved in assessment processes such as teachers, trainers, nurse educators (tutors), managers and workplace supervisors are recognized as assessors, however, certification for the Generic Assessment Unit Standards is a requirement that should be obtained by undergoing training.

Providers of education and training are therefore expected to enable facilitators of learning in their employ to train as assessors by accredited providers of assessor training.

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.

Education, Training and Development Practices SETA
Quality Assurance and Development Division
P O Box 5734

Phone : 011 – 8075621
Fax : 011 – 8-77490



  1. Requirements for registration

The South African Nursing Council will register persons (as assessors) who meet the following requirements inter alia:

3.1    Submission of a certificate of competence against the Generic Assessment 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 s/he intends assessing (this will only apply once the unit standard generation is completed by the nursing Standard Generating Body (SGB) and these are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)).


  1. The process of registration will be as follows:
    • Submission of a letter of intent to register as an assessor
    • Completion and submission of an application form for registration as an assessor to the South African Nursing Council
    • Payment of the required application fee
    • Registration if the provided data and requirements comply with the set criteria
    • Issuing of a certificate valid for 4 years


  1. Application fee

An application fee of R114.00 (VAT inclusive) will be charged per application

The application fee will not be refunded irrespective of the outcome of the application

The application fee is subject to increase as determined by the Council


  1. Period of registration:

The period of registration as an assessor shall be 4 years.


  1. De-registration of assessors

Assessors in the nursing sector that are registered by the South African Nursing Council (SANC-ETQA), will be de-registered if they:

do not comply with the requirements as stipulated by the SANC
are found not to be competent
are removed from the register for any reason.


  1. Appeals Procedure

If an application as an assessor is rejected, the applicant has the right to appeal against such a decision. The following procedure will be followed:

The applicant will write to the Council, stating the nature of appeal
The matter shall be resolved between the applicant and the council
If the applicant is still not satisfied with the outcome of the appeal, a letter of appeal may be sent to South African Qualifications Authority.


For more information please do not hesitate to contact the Deputy Registrar at telephone numbers (012) 420 1000 / 60.



(Signed: G Ramadi)
Dr. G Ramadi
for The Registrar


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