About the company

Don’t Get Left Behind Other Training Providers When You Need Accreditation And Training Services.

Training has fast become regulated by government. This is ultimately good for the industry, but did they have to make it so complicated, to become accredited? We understand the panic every business owner experience just thinking about becoming accredited. After years of applying our knowledge and experience, we would like to offer to expand your organisation by fast tracking your accreditation process. 

As Nelson Academic Accreditation we regard ourselves as experts in accreditation, regulatory compliance, quality management systems and project plans for private FET and HET Education. Our ethos: Passionate about making a difference in the private education sector; demystifying the process of achieving and maintaining accreditation and delivery of quality provision of private education and the development of people.


To be the best at providing accreditation and training services and support to our clients, in the shortest possible time with the most successful results – the first time.


Providing customised solutions to education and training related projects using integrity, intelligence and diligence.


NELSON ACADEMIC ACCREDITATION assists Private FET and HET providers of education with the following application and implementation processes:

Accreditation with an ETQA

(SETA, Professional Bodies and Quality Council) This process is extensive and can be complex. We have extensive experience in carrying out this process and will ensure that it is done professionally.

Registration with the DHET

You will be provided with a list of items required and will be assisted by us in accumulating the required evidence documentation. We will liaise directly with the DHET on your behalf.

Preparation for Site Visits

Our staff has extensive experience in the kinds of preparations necessary for Site Visits and will ensure that an immediate positive impression of your premises is created as well as compliance in all areas.

Quality Audits – for Regulatory Compliance

This is conducted at the training provider’s premises by us to ensure compliance to the relevant processes as outlined in each tab. Training provider will be audited against the criteria for initial accreditation / registration/ programme approval.

SETA Assessor & Moderator Registration

We provide assistance in registering with the respective SETA as a registered Assessor and Moderator, once you have completed the ETDP SETA unit standards.

Project Management

We are experts at managing education related projects, preparing project plans, assistance with implementation of plans, managing deliverables, resources and project milestones. This includes keeping a record of all projects, updating project plans and providing status reports on demand.

Experts in: Accreditation | Regulatory Compliance | Quality Management Systems | Project Plans for Private FET and HET Education

over 25 years experience

Our Team

Stephanie Nelson

Founder/Accreditation Specialist

Grew up in Durban, lives in Cape Town, has 25 years’ experience in private FET and HET education. Expertise vary from project management to academic regulatory compliance, quality management systems, assessment
and student related support. She has assisted many private training providers in obtaining accreditation and registration and has provided them with valuable compliance coaching. Is passionate about quality education and committed to making a difference especially in the area of transformational learning, as an Adult Education Practitioner.

Chelsea Rose Smit

Project administrator

Chelsea Rose Smit, a recent Business management student, is the Project administrator at Nelson Academic Accreditation. She enjoys the outdoors and spends her free time hiking. Chelsea has a love for solving problems and being creative. She’s a “go-getter” and always strives to achieve and succeed in everything she does.

Nikita Raynardt

Marketing & Finance

From Cape Town and runs her own business, Digi-Guru and has extensive experience in Graphics Design and Social Media Management. Nikita assist NAA with marketing, social media (Website, Facebook, Instagram, Website and Google) as well as online invoicing and tracking payments. Nikita is both creative and logical and always ready to learn something new.

Aston Martin

Academic Administrator 

Born and raised in Cape Town – currently studying Law through the University of South Africa. Aston assists with academic and legal related administration for all project at NAA. Her keen eye for detail and organisational skills help her in carrying out her role within the company. Aston enjoys exploring her creative side in her spare time by reading, writing short stories and occasionally. painting.

Shevy-Lee Smit

Academic Compliance Administrator

I have been fortunate to be a part of Nelson Academic Accreditation since January 2021. As a recent Human Resource Management graduate with a passion for people and learning, I am always up for a challenge whilst also gaining valuable knowledge/experience. I have a can-do attitude and positive outlook on life, contributing to my calm nature and go getter-personality.


Some of our clients whom we have assisted with accreditation.