This is important as some institutions use this language to mislead. A qualification is only a
qualification if it is registered on the NQF, accredited by the HEQC (if it is Higher Education)
and registered to that institution by the DHET.
It can only be registered and accredited as a qualification if it is at least 120 credits (a full year of study) and is in the format that is required. Sometimes qualifications are called programmes or have programmes in them (an academic year could be called a programme). The key thing to keep in mind is that a short learning programme or short course is not a qualification.
If what you need is a particular skill for a particular reason (like promotion or upgrade of legal
knowledge) a short learning programme or short course may be the right course of study for
you – it is just important to know that it is NOT a qualification and cannot usually be used to
gain access to further study at a higher level.
A South African qualification must then be registered and accredited here in South Africa – by the HEQC – and needs to be listed on the NQF.