Umalusi Matric Certificate

Umalusi and Your Matric Certificate: What you Need to Know

There is much debate about how matric certificates are considered to be valid. And in between these debates, you might have heard the name “Umalusi”. Don’t worry, we’ve got your questions covered. Here we’ll explain Umalusi and your matric certificate: what you need to know. 

Umalusi and Your Matric Certificate: What you Need to Know

Umalusi both sets and monitors the standards for general and further education and training in South Africa. So they make sure that your matric exams have been marked fairly. Want to know more? Find out more about Umalusi and your matric certificate: what you need to know below. 

Who is Umalusi?

There are three quality councils for education in South Africa. These include:

  • Umalusi
  • Council on Higher Education (CHE) 
  • Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)

As you can see, Umalusi is part of the quality council for education in SA. They are responsible for making sure your matric certificate meets the standards set by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). When your certificate meets these standards, it becomes accredited. 

Can They Verify all Qualifications?

Umalusi can only verify qualifications if they are registered through the General and Further Education and Training Qualifications Framework. So if you’re doing matric through an adult learning centre, make sure to register for the exams through the Department of Education.

Do I Register for Matric Supplementary Exams Through Umalusi?

No. Umalusi is not responsible for assessments. You will have to register with your provincial Department of Basic Education (DBE)SACAI or the IEB. You will need a certified copy of your ID and your matric certificate or statement of results. 

What Happens if There’s a Mistake on my Matric Certificate?

If there is an error on your certificate, Umalusi will give you a new one. However, they only fix spelling errors. Also, take note that you can only get a new, corrected certificate if you return the original incorrect one. 

If a mistake was made with personal information, such as your ID number, you’ll have to correct it through the department of education.

Can I Still get a Senior Certificate?

The Senior Certificate (SC) was scrapped in 2014 and replaced with the Amended Senior Certificate (ASC). But if you wrote matric before then and lost your certificate, Umalusi will issue you with a new one. Their records for the Senior Certificate date back to 1992.

Do I get a new Certificate After Upgrading my Matric?

Yes, you will have the option to combine your results. This is not done automatically. You have to apply for it through the DBE for an additional fee. Combining your results ensures that your best marks are reflected on your matric certificate. 

I Lost my Matric Certificate. What now?

You can apply for a new matric certificate through the Department of Education, NOT Umalusi. This process takes four – six weeks and will cost you R118. You’ll need:

  • A completed application form
  • An affidavit 
  • Certified copy of your ID
  • Proof of payment