Namibia Qualifications Authority NQA Certificates Award
The award of a certificate generally follows the attainment of a meaningful and coherent cluster of outcomes of learning associated with one or more areas of learning. The volume of attainment recognised by a Certificate is generally less than that required for the award of a diploma.
Certificates may be an integral component of a degree and/or diploma and/or may be a stand alone qualification.
Certificates may be awarded at more than one level of the NQF between Levels 1 and 8 inclusive. Distinguishing between Certificates at different awarding levels may be achieved by the inclusion in the Level in the title.
Characteristics and purpose
|Qualifications carrying the name Certificate generally recognise ability or preparedness for both employment and further education and training.
Such qualifications recognise proven ability in a coherent cluster of outcomes of learning pertinent to a work role or a recognisable and meaningful milestone on an education and training pathway.
Where Certificates are awardable at a level in advance of the level of certification of a Bachelor degree – Post Graduate Certificate – such qualifications often recognise ongoing professional development or continuing professional development in the same subject as an earlier degree. Such qualifications broaden, extend and/or deepen currently recognised knowledge and skills.
Level of certification
Certificates may be awarded at Levels 1 to 8.
Size of qualification
A minimum of 40 NQF credits of which a minimum of 40 must be at or above the level of certification.