BANKSETA CAT and RPL Portal

Glossary of Terminology

# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Term Definition
AC - Assessment Criteria

The type and quality of performance against which the candidate is assessed.

Accredited training courses

These are courses that can include in-house courses you have done through your employer (which may or may not be accredited by a SETA or Quality Council) or any other courses offered by accredited training providers, Quality Councils, SETAs or other accredited institutions

Accredited training provider

A Services SETA accredited training provider is a training provider that offers courses and/or qualifications within the services industry and that are in line with the relevant standards of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

This means that the provider has successfully gone through the stringent accreditation process set out by the Services SETA.

Due to the SETA “stamp of approval”, Services SETA accredited providers are relied on to provide high quality, industry-relevant training and education within the services sector.

Training received through a Services SETA accredited provider is also formally recognized throughout South Africa.

BANKSETA

The Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) for the banking and microfinance industries.

Bankseta Qualification

These are the qualifications that will prepare you to work in the banking field.

Click here to see the BANKSETA qualifications that are available via RPL and CAT on this BANKSETA portal.

CAT

Credit Accumulation and Transfer.  

Credit Transfer: This is the process where learners are able to register learning outcomes achieved in one qualification/part qualification at one date and have them counted towards another qualification/part qualification at a later date.

Credit Transfer operates between qualifications/part qualifications, but more importantly between organisations or sectors.

Credit Accumulation: This is the process where learners are able to register learning outcomes achieved in one qualification/part qualification at one date and have them counted towards the full qualification/part qualification at a later date.

CAT - Credit Accumulation and Transfer

An arrangement whereby the diverse features of both credit accumulation and credit transfer are combined to facilitate lifelong learning and access to the workplace.

CAT matrix / Credit matrix

A system in which learning outcomes can be arranged and compared in levels of increased complexity based on agreed grouping of credits, such as in modules or part-qualifications.

Choose a RPL Provider

BANKSETA has approved certain providers to offer RPL through this BANKSETA RPL portal.

Click here to read more about Accredited RPL providers.

Credit accumulation

The totalling of relevant credits required to complete a qualification of a part-qualification.  Note that your employer may register you onto a learnership and this could mean that you need to complete a few additional unit standards through RPL.  

Credit Accumulation Analysis

This is the process where we analyse the in-house courses you have done and calculate what credits you have accumulated towards BANKSETA qualifications through these courses.  Your employer may require you to complete additional credits if they also enrol you onto a learnership.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer

Credit Transfer: This is the process where learners are able to register learning outcomes achieved in one qualification/part qualification at one date and have them counted towards another qualification/part qualification at a later date.

Credit Transfer operates between qualifications/part qualifications, but more importantly between organisations or sectors.

Credit Accumulation: This is the process where learners are able to register learning outcomes achieved in one qualification/part qualification at one date and have them counted towards the full qualification/part qualification at a later date.

Credit Accumulation takes place within sub-systems, for example subject, programme, department, faculty, Institution, awarding body, educational sector, occupational sector, and country. In a full CAT system, these two processes are integrated, so that the credit which is accumulated within one sub-system may first have been transferred from another sub-system.

Credit transfer

The relocation of credits towards a qualification or part-qualification on the same or different level, usually between different programmes, departments or institutions.

Credits

The amount of learning contained in a qualification or part-qualification whereby 1 credit is equated to 10 notional hours of learning. A learner who has been awarded credits as part of a qualification or short course can apply for RPL via a RPL service provider.

DHET - Department of Higher Education and Training

The Department of Higher Education and Training is one of the departments of the South African government. It oversees universities and other post-secondary education in South Africa.

Formal exemption

Initially your exemptions will be based on your own data inputting.  This will be verified and an official exemption letter will be sent to you showing all exemptions awarded and showing which unit standards are still outstanding if you want to be awarded the full qualification.  Note that your employer may require you complete additional unit standards, especially if they also enrol you onto a learnership.

High School Qualification

This refers to the highest qualification you attained in High School.

Highest Tertiary Qualification

This refers to the highest qualification you attained beyond High School (for example at a University).

In-house courses

These are the internal courses offered by employers in the financial and banking sector to their employees. Selected internal courses from employers in the banking sector have been reviewed and added to the BANKSETA CAT matrix so that you can earn credits towards a BANKSETA qualification for the courses that you have attended.

Learnership

A learnership is a predefined combination of core, elective and fundamental unit standards.  If your employer is putting you onto a learnership you will sign a learnership contract.  Because predefined unit standards are part of a learnership you may have to complete additional unit standards through RPL.  This is good for you as it broadens your understanding of the subject.

LMS - learning management system

A software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of educational courses or training programs. E.g. Moodle See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_learning_management_systems

My training courses

These are all the courses you have done that may count towards credits for a particular qualification. 

This would include in-house courses you have done with your employer as well as courses offered by accredited training providers.

NLRD

The National Learners' Records Database (NLRD) is the management information system of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). By completing the NLRD form you are giving SAQA and BANKSETA your personal details so that they can accurately record your academic achievements, along with your biographical information

NLRD - National Learners’ Records Database

The National Learners' Records Database (NLRD) is the management information system of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). By completing the NLRD form you are giving SAQA and BANKSETA your personal details so that they can accurately record your academic achievements, along with your biographical information.

NQF - National Qualifications Framework

The NQF is a ranking of qualifications and unit standards.  There are levels from 1 (lowest NQF level) to level 10, which is the highest NQF level.  The level of a qualification or unit standard is determined by the complexity of the outcomes and the skills required.  It is not necessary to always enrol for a qualification at a higher level because the skills you need may be at a lower level.  For example, you may hold an NQF 5 in banking but know nothing about management of staff.  In this case you would enrol for an NQF 4 in management to first learn the basics before moving on to level 5 in management.

NSC

The National Senior Certificate, or NSC, is the highest school-leaving certificate in South Africa. This certificate is commonly known as the matriculation (matric) certificate or as a grade 12 certificate.  The National Certificate Vocational (NCV) is also at NSC level.

Other accredited training

This refers to any other accredited training that may be applicable to your RPL.

POE - Portfolio of Evidence

The PoE is an assessment method commonly used in outcomes based education.  It is a file containing all your evidence of competence.  This evidence could be previous certificates, answers to questions and assignments set by your RPL provider and naturally occuring evidence.

Pre-assessment for RPL

This is a short online assessment to gauge your readiness for the unit standards that you are not exempt for.  

Preparation for RPL readiness test

This refers to the test that this portal requires you to pass with at least 70%.  You will attempt this test after you have viewed the "prepare yourself for RPL" video (which is 45 minutes long, so set aside adaquate time to view it).

This is so that the SETA and the provider can be assured that you know what you have to do.  Some providers will repeat parts of this with you to make sure you are well prepared.  You will also be required to sign an assessment contract with your selected provider to attest to your understanding before you start the actual RPL.

Qualification

A qualification is a planned combination of fundamental, core and elective unit standards that is registered on the National Qualifications Framework at a particular level.  It is nationally registered and recognised.  

RPL

Recognition of Prior Learning is a process followed to assess and give credit to learning that has been acquired non formally in the workplace. 

RPL pre-assessment questionnaire

This is a quick assessment to help you judge if you are a suitable RPL candidate for the unit standards that you are not exempt for.  Try and answer as honestly as possible as it can be very demotivating attempting RPL without sufficient prior learning.

RPL voucher

If you qualify, BANKSETA will fund your RPL assessment with an accredited RPL provider.  The voucher is not a physical voucher that you are given, it is simply a message that is sent to your selected RPL provider that you are ready to be RPL-ed.  

Click here to read more about Accredited RPL providers.