Cover Letter for Circulars 8, 9 and 10 of 2013: Implementation of the new Nursing Education qualifications – July 2015


13 August 2013

TO:Nursing Education Institutions
 National Department of Health
 Provincial Departments of Health

Implementation of the New Nursing Education Qualifications – July 2015


Attached herewith find the following S A Nursing Council circulars:

  1. Circular No. 8/2013 : relating to curriculum framework for entry levels of nursing (Higher Certificate: Auxiliary Nurse; National Diploma: Staff Nurse; Advance Diploma: Midwifery and Bachelor’s Degree: Professional Nurse and Midwife)
  2. Circular No. 9/2013 : relating to Revised Policy Guidelines for the Implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning by Nursing Education Institutions (NEI’s)
  3. Circular No. 10/2013 : Policy on Accreditation Appeal Process


Also note that these circulars must be read in conjunction with the following documents and other relevant prescripts as issued by the Council:

(a)  Qualifications Framework for Auxiliary Nursing, Staff Nurse, Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Midwifery and Advance Diploma : Midwifery

(b)  Regulations R.169, R.171, R.173, R.174

(c)  Nursing Education and Training Standards

(d)  Circular No. 6/2013: Dual submission for Accreditation.


These documents will assist NEI’s in the preparation to offer new nursing education qualifications which will be phased in by July 2015.  You can also access these documents through S A Nursing Council website



Tendani Mabuda (Mr)
Registrar and CEO
S A Nursing Council

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