Transitional arrangements for City & Guilds hairdressing qualifications

In response to regulatory changes, we are introducing a new approach to offering City & Guilds certification in South Africa. This is to enable your centre to continue to deliver our hairdressing qualifications, while complying with legal and regulatory requirements.

Moving forward, our hairdressing qualifications will be delivered as a complementary, optional certification to the national certification. This new approach is called ‘dual certification’ and has been established with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).

What you need to do next


By 30 November 2017, your centre will need to apply for accreditation by the QCTO and registration by the DHET.

To do this, please follow the instructions below:

1. Select the City & Guilds qualification you deliver, in Table 1 below.
2. Check, in Table 1, which qualification you need to seek QCTO accreditation for.
3. Submit your application to the QCTO and DHET by 30 November 2017.

Table 1

City & Guilds qualification(s) you deliver

Qualification you need to seek QCTO accreditation for (using SAQA ID number)

Level 2 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing (3002-72)

SAQA ID number: 97226

Occupational Certificate: Hairdresser

Level 3 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing (3002-74)

SAQA ID number: 97226

Occupational Certificate: Hairdresser

What does this mean for your centre?

  • Your centre will now need to be accredited by the QCTO and registered by the Department for Higher Education and Training (DHET) to offer our hairdressing qualifications.
  • Learners studying for a City & Guilds hairdressing qualification must also be enrolled on the similar national qualification (QCTO occupational qualification).
  • You will be able to deliver the City & Guilds qualification alongside the similar national qualification. However, only learners who have achieved the national certificate (QCTO occupational certificate) can be offered a City & Guilds certificate.
  • In South Africa, learners will need to achieve and use the national certification (QCTO occupational certificates) for progression and articulation into employment or higher level studies in the country. They can use their City & Guilds certificate outside South Africa.
  • You will need to follow guidelines issued by the QCTO and City & Guilds when describing and/or promoting our qualifications.

Still unsure?

Download our FAQ to help answer any questions.

If you need more information, please contact the following: