What Is An ABET Certificate?
ABET refers to the Adult Basic Education and Training initiative launched by the Department of Basic Education to provide them with a fundamental and basic understanding of general education. This is available to adults who aim to finish their basic education (up to Grade 9).
There are four ABET Levels:
- ABET Level 1
- ABET Level 2
- ABET Level 3
- ABET Level 4 (Also known as a GETC, which is a General Education and Training Certificate)
ABET Level 1
This covers the basic education provided during Grades 1, 2, and 3.
ABET Level 2
This covers the basic education provided during Grades 4, 5, and 6.
ABET Level 3
This covers the basic education provided during Grades 7 and 8.
ABET Level 4 (GETC)
This covers the basic education provided during Grade 9.
Keep in mind: An ABET Level 4 qualification is NOT equal to a National Senior Certificate nor an Amended Senior Certificate. An ABET Level 4 qualification is rated as an NQF Level 1 education.
A National Senior Certificate and an Amended Senior Certificate are both rated as an NQF Level 4 education.
Which Documents Do I Need To Apply For An Amended Senior Certificate?
Designed to be accessible to both South African and non-South African citizens, an Amended Senior Certificate can be applied for by anyone, keeping in mind they meet the requirements stated earlier.
As for which documents you will need to apply, here is the full list of required documents:
South African Citizens
- A fully completed registration form
- A certified copy of your Identity Document (ID), or Birth Certificate
- If you already wrote an adult matric exam, you will be required to provide proof of this examination (either your results or your examination number)
Note: If you are a South African citizen, but you live abroad, you are still able to apply. You will however need to be in South Africa when you write your exams, as these exams are not done online.
Non-South African Citizens
- A fully completed registration form
- A certified copy of your passport
- Proof of your highest qualification which has been approved by SAQA (South African Qualifications Association), and
- Proof of your study permit
When Are Registrations Open For An Amended Senior Certificate?
You can register for your Amended Senior Certificate (Adult Matric Programme) at any time during the year with Bellview Institute of Distance Learning.
The registration process through Bellview takes place in the following order. You will register with Bellview first for our Adult Matric Programme. After this successful registration, we help you to register with the Department of Basic Education, during their registration window.
You can register manually at a variety of different provincial education offices. These offices include:
- A circuit office, or
- A district office, or
- A provincial head office
Each of the nine provinces has a collection of circuit and district offices, and a provincial office, thus you can register at the following provincial offices:
- Eastern Cape
- Free State
- North West
- Northern Cape
- Western Cape
It is possible and much easier to register for your exams using the Department of Basic Education website. We will guide you through every step of this registration process.
Here is how to register for the exams online.
Note: Before attempting to register using your mobile phone, this is not possible. An application done using a mobile phone will not go through, you will be redirected to the first step of registration.
Thus it is important to know that you can ONLY apply using a PC or Laptop.
Visit the following link: https://www.eservices.gov.za/
This will take you to the following page:
Look for the ‘sign up/register’ tab at the top of this page.
Create an account once you open the ‘sign-up/register’ page.
You will be taken to the next part of your registration process, which will require you to complete your personal information, indicated in the blue square. Double-check that your information is correct, and does not contain any spelling errors.
Indicated on the right-hand side of your screen will be a progress tracker. This represents your registration progress.
Sometimes this page automatically times out and needs to be refreshed.
The next page must be completed correctly as it contains your contact details. Here you are advised to give the correct contact details. If you do not know what your contact details are, please make sure of them before continuing.
This is important because an OTP (One Time Pin) will be sent to your provided phone number and/or current email address. This means that you must have your phone close by or your emails open.
See below an image of what this page looks like and what information you have to enter.
Next, you will be asked to enter your address details. Enter your correct residential address as this will determine where you will be writing your exams.
In this step, you will need to create a strong password for your account registration. Make it a password that only you know and will be easy to remember. If need be, write it down for yourself somewhere.
The requirements for this password are the following:
- It needs to be at least 8 characters/letters
- It must contain one uppercase/capital letter (A, B, C, etc.)
- It must contain one lowercase/small letter (a, b, c, etc.)
- It must contain one number (1, 2, 3, etc)
- It must contain one special character (!@#$%^&*)
If your password does not meet these requirements, you will not be allowed to progress to the next step.
Your final step in creating your account is to enter a certification code, which will be provided to you on the screen. If you struggle to identify it, select ‘refresh verification code’.
The next page will confirm whether or not you have successfully completed your account creation and registration.
Below is an image of what the screen will look like if you were successful.
After you successfully create your account you can register for the specific subjects you are aiming to write. You have the following option after logging into your account:
- Select the ‘e-service’ tab and then select ‘matric services’.
The following step will be to select if you want to receive your OTP via SMS or email. Remember to select the most appropriate method before moving on to the step.
If you did not enter the correct details during step five, you will not receive an OTP.
After selecting which option you prefer, select ‘Ok’. After this, an OTP will be sent to you.
Check that you have received an OTP either by SMS or email. If not, refresh your email inbox or reboot your mobile phone. If you are still experiencing any issues, they could be network-related or you can select ‘cancel’ and then request a new OTP.
After receiving your OTP, enter it as is indicated below.
Upon verification of your OTP, you will move onto the next page. Here you will enter your identification number and other personal information.
It is essential that you enter the correct identification number, if this is entered incorrectly you will not be able to write your exams.
Keep in mind to constantly save the information that you enter by using the bottom right corner button of the page.
Remember to select ‘yes’ to give consent that you accept all the conditions of your registration.
After doing so, select the ‘NEW REGISTRATION TAB’ at the top.
On the next page, you will select which type of certificate you received most recently. This can be a Grade 9 certificate or a previously written National Senior Certificate. Shown below are the possible options, after selecting the relevant certificate, save the information and then press next.
On this page, you will provide the information of where you previously wrote your exams, and where you would like to write your next exams. The system is designed to give you only the options closest to where you live.
Remember to save the information before moving on to the next step.
In this step, you will select the subjects in which you wish to write your final exam. Here you will also choose an examination center that is closest to where you live.
Note: If you can not find the exam center closest to where you live, we recommend scrolling through all the available locations to find the one closest to you.
Congratulations! You have now successfully registered for the Adult Matric exams. Note that you will receive an SMS and an exact date of when you will write the exams.
What Subjects Can I Write For An Amended Senior Certificate?
You can select a total of SIX subjects to write your Adult Matric exams in. Here is a full list of the subjects we offer:
Compulsory Subjects Elective Subjects
English Home Language Physical Sciences
English First Additional Language Life Science
Afrikaans Huistaal Agricultural Sciences
Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal Business Studies
isiZulu Home Language Economics
isiXhosa Home Language Accounting
Sepedi Home Language History
Xitsonga Home Language Geography
Tshivenda Home Language Human And Social Studies
Sesotho Home Language
Siswati Home Language
Setswana Home Language