The NQA is governed by a Council of 36 members who are appointed by and report to the Minister of Education. Representation on Council reflects the valuable contribution of the social partners to education and training, with the Council membership including esteemed persons from:
Government ministries and agencies with responsibilities for planning, youth, women’s affairs, labour market, general, basic, vocational and higher education
the public higher education institutions
Private economic sector groups
Groups representing the differently-abled.
The Council is appointed for a term of three years. The first Chairperson of the Council was Mr Vitalis Ankama. The current Chairperson of the Council is Ms Martha Mbombo.
Ms Martha Mbombo
The NQA Council has a number of committees to assist it fulfil its legislative responsibilities. These are the:
Accreditation, Assessment and Audit Committee
Human Resources Committee
Committee membership may include non-members.
The NQA is serviced by a Secretariat through the Ministry of Education and has four principal departments:
Office of the CEO
The CEO is Mr Franz E. Gertze
The Deputy-CEO is Mrs. Asnath Kaperu
This department is headed by Mr Dennis Van Rooyen.
Accreditation, Assessment and Audit Department
This department is responsible for the accreditation of education and training providers and for conducting the quality audits leading to their re-accreditation. The department will also audit national assessment arrangements for national qualifications registered on the NQF.
The Head of the department is Mr Poli Andima.
This department is responsible for the registration of qualifications and unit standards on the NQF and for the evaluation of qualifications from abroad. This department will also administer the national database of learner attainments.
Mrs. Sara Alweendo heads this department.