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Assessor Course online – the Scam

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Assessor course online, ETDP SETA Accredited

Is Your E-Learning or Distance Learning Training Provider Accredited?

High-quality education can be very expensive, time-consuming and challenging.  Nothing is more disappointing than discovering that a certificate or qualification isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

Luckily, there is useful information on how to prevent getting defrauded — as commonly happens with e-learning and distance learning providers, especially on the ODETDP Qualification unit standards like Train the Trainer, Assessor, Moderator and SDF.

It’s important to keep in mind that e-learning, distance learning or CD learning isn’t the same thing as classroom learning.  Furthermore, a service provider who is authorized to provide classroom learning isn’t authorised to provide e-learning or CD correspondence training.  Are there currently Training Providers with the ETDP SETA that have approval to offer courses via e-Learning or Distance Learning?

We would strongly recommend that each learner take extra precaution to confirm if his or her Training Provider has scope to offer his course through eLearning or Distance Learning. You could be fallen for a scam!

Report these SCAMS to your SETA. SAQA or the QCTO like the Assessors Course Online.

Keep this in mind as you confirm the training provider’s accreditation, scope and method.


Each Training Provider should mention the following on his or her website, course material or advertising material:

You may want to contact the concerned SETA and confirm the accreditation with them in person.  You can also check with the SETA for any appeals or complaints against the provider, or for any reviews on the Training Provider.  You may even consider contacting previous learners for a review.


Training Provider Accreditation and Programme Accreditation (approval) are different things.  It’s advisable to check that the actual programme was approved by the relevant SETA.  The SETA and the training provider should each have a copy of the programme accreditation letter to confirm its dates are still valid.  All 21 SETAs should provide this service.  The unit standard numbers, NQF level and Credits should also appear on the course detail.


The method of delivery is how the training provider is allowed to deliver the programme.

By default, a Training Provider is only allowed to deliver the course using the traditional methods — that is, through classroom contact session.

Any Training Provider who offers a course by any other means such as distance learning, e-learning, correspondence via post, CD, Skype or conference learning must have a special approval letter to do so.  This special approval letter should be producible by the Training Provider (on his website, for example) and also verifiable with the relevant SETA.

What questions you should ask before enrolling for a course:

  • Confirm with the relevant SETA (any of the 21) that the Training Provider is accredited.
  • Confirm with the relevant SETA (any of the 21) that the programme is accredited with this training provider, and still valid.
  • If the method of delivery is different from classroom, the training provider should be able to produce the special approval letter from the SETA.
  • Ask about hidden fees such as: Assessment, Re-Assessment, Support or Registration fees.
  • What is the duration of the course? How long do you have to submit your assignments?
  • Request references — previous clients that you can contact.

TRAINYOUCAN  strive for 100% compliance with the SETAs, SAQA and the NQF act.