Qualifications and unit standards registered onto the National Qualifications Framework are categorised according to their subject area. The National Qualification Framework uses a Classification System similar to the Dewey Classification System used to give order to libraries.

The NQF Classification System is based on three levels:

Fields – the broadest category of learning area. Twelve Fields have been approved in Namibia. These closely align with other high level classifications used in other NQFs in the region

Subfields – these are logical subdivisions of a specific FIELD.

Domains – these are logical subdivisions of learning areas within each Subfield.

Qualification titles use a Classification Category in their names:

        Type of Qualification in Classification Category at NQF Level X

Unit standards are registered in a specific Domain that relates to the relevant Subfield of learning.