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About Registration Department

The SACE Act, Act no 31 of 2000 as amended by the Basic Laws Amendment Act (BELA Act no. 15 of 2011) mandates SACE to provide for the registration of all educators. The Act explains the importance of registration for those in the teaching profession, as it categorically states that no person is permitted to practice as an educator unless he/she is registered with the Council.  

Who should register?

Educators and practitioners employed at these following institutions are expected to register:

  • Public schools
  • Recognized Independent Schools,
  • Waldorf and Montessori Centres
  • ECD centres (practitioners with NQF level 4 ECD qualification and above)

The Council has formulated a clear set of requirements that should be fulfilled by all educators before they can qualify for registration. Those concerned are expected to

  • Satisfy the ethical standards contained in the Code of Professional Ethics for Educators; and
  • A 4 year post matric professional educational qualification.

Council also affords provisional registration under special circumstances.

Requirements for registration also include certified copies of educators’ qualification, identity document or marriage certificate in the case of married woman, as well as R200- 00(South Africans),  R400-00 (non – South Africans) registration fee and R 120 annual levy. South African applicants are checked against relevant National Registers and Non-S.A applicants need to furnish police clearance.

Please note:         Copies of all documents must be certified by a commissioner of oaths and
                                stating that it is a true copy of the original.


NB: Only original certified documents accepted. No copy of a certified copy will be accepted.


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