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In the Hairdressing, Cosmetology, and Beauty Industry, employees often seek training programmes to boost their skills and qualifications. It's vital for employers to understand that not all programmes are equal. When considering your employees' professional development, one key factor to weigh is whether the chosen training programme is accredited. Understanding the differences between accredited and non-accredited options can significantly affect both your employees' career paths and your business's success.


Accredited Training Programmes:

These programmes undergo thorough evaluation and approval by recognised accrediting bodies like Service SETA and QCTO (industry specific). Accreditation ensures adherence to rigorous standards for curriculum, instructors, facilities, and student support services. It provides assurance of quality and effectiveness, boosting employees' confidence in the programme's credibility and relevance to their career goals. Workplace approvals are crucial for unlocking points in the Skills Development Element of the BBBEE Scorecard.


Completion of an accredited training programme often results in nationally or internationally recognised credentials, enhancing employees' competitiveness in the job market.


Unaccredited Training Programmes:

These programmes lack the rigorous evaluation process of accreditation, leading to variations in quality and effectiveness. Without accreditation, it's challenging to assess their credibility.


Non-accredited programmes may lack standardised curriculum, qualified instructors, and sufficient resources, raising concerns about education quality.


Some may overstate their benefits, leading to disappointment and wasted resources for employees.


The following table identifies the difference between the two:  


PIVOTAL (Professional, Vocational, Technical & Academic Training) Occupational Qualifications

(Industry specific)


Training Provider / Skills Development Provider must hold accreditation with the QCTO for all accredited workplace-type training.  

Any employer may conduct workplace training without any formal accreditation for unaccredited types of training.  

Aligned to qualification/part- qualification / Skills Programme Modules Offered by an accredited training provider -   


  • Statement of Results  

  • Certificate of Competence  

  • Assessment is conducted  

Can be offered by an accredited or unaccredited training provider –



  • Certificate of Attendance / Participation  

  • No formal assessment  

  • Bursaries  

  • Skills Programmes  

  • Learnerships  

  • Apprenticeships  

  • Candidacy Programme  

  • Short Course  

  • Conference  

  • Webinar/Seminar  

  • Induction  

  • On-the-job training  

When deciding on training programmes for your employees, carefully consider the pros and cons of accredited and non-accredited options. Assess your business's needs, employees' career goals, and the potential impact on business growth. Investing in accredited training not only provides quality education but also enhances your business's reputation and long-term success.



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