How To Register To South African Council For Educators (SACE Online)

SACE Registration

SACE as widely known means the South African Council Of Educators whose mandate is to improve and upgrade the teaching profession through registration, management of professional development, and inculcation of a code of ethics for all educators. 

SACE registration which mostly is done online is facilitated through SITA e-services portal that one must visit After the visit, he/she must click on register on the platform. After successfully getting registered, you can log in to the e-gov portal and select SACE to finally begin registration. 

SACE Requirements 

  1. An educator who applies to register with the Council must:

satisfy the ethical standards contemplated in the Code of Professional Ethics for Educators; and

Have obtained:

minimum post Matriculation teacher education qualification of (3) years (M + or REQV 13);

a two (2) year certificate in teacher education for the pre-primary phase (M + 2 or REQV 12);

Despite clause 3.1.2, the Council may register a person who has not obtained a qualification contemplated in 3.1.2 if:

   before the date of establishment of the Council, that person was a resident of    South Africa, and:

  • satisfied the definition of ‘educator’ as defined in the Educators’ employment Act, 1994 (i.e. ‘educator means any person who teaches, educates or trains other persons or who provides therapy at any school, technical college or college of education or assists in rendering professional services or performs educational management services provided for by or in a department of education and whose employment is regulated by this Act’);
  • was employed as a teacher by an education authority in South Africa, the self-governing territories or the independent states prior to the implementation of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act, 1993 (Act 200, 1993) or would have satisfied the requirements for employment as such by any of these authorities had such employment been sought;
  • completed a course of teacher education at an institution recognized for that purpose, and would have been considered eligible for employment by any education authority in South Africa; or
  • was registered by a professional teacher authority in South Africa.

Immediately before the commencement of the Act that person was a lawfully employed educator at a lawfully registered institution and was not subject to the Employment of Educators Act, 1998 but is now required to register under the Act.

SACE Online Application


  1. To register as an educator with SACE, an applicant must complete SACE’s application form
  1. As part of the application, certified proof of educator’s qualifications, identity of document and the required registration fee must be attached. 
  1. The minimum registration entry level for full registration status is a diploma in education at NQF level 6 (Three years post matric qualification)
    However, provisional registration is accorded to different sectors as under different conditions as stated below:
  • ECD educators in possession of NQF level 5 certificate with 120 points are accommodated on a three-year renewable registration status.
  • Therapists with a valid HPCSA registration are accommodated as per employer’s recommendation at a school or institution.
  • AET educators in possession of NQF level 5 certificate with 120 points are accommodated on a three-year renewable registration if they provide a proof of registration for a diploma.
  • Waldorf and Montessori’s educators are accommodated on a three-year renewable registration status
  • Skilled persons with N3 plus trade test are accommodated as per recommended by the employer.
  • Student educators are accommodated for four years until they graduate
  • First-year students who just registered for BEd must bring a letter of recommendation from the employer.
  1. The current registration fee is R200 (S.A. Educators) and R400 (Foreign Educators) must be included either as original postal order, cheque or payment can be made in cash or using the bank card at the office. Educators not paid through persal must pay the annual levy of R120 on application. Educators paid via persal, their levies are automatically deducted and directly paid to SACE.

3. All educators applicants for registration must disclose to the Council details of:

  • any previous employer disciplinary action or conviction for a criminal offence;
  • any pending employer disciplinary proceedings or criminal proceedings against the applicant; and
  • any previous disciplinary proceedings against the applicant by the Council.

4. The registration committee must consider every application brought by the Chief Executive Officer for registration or provisional registration in the light of the registration criteria and make recommendations on the application to the Council.

5. In considering an application, the registration committee may:

  • request further information from the applicant;
  • conduct any investigation it deems necessary; and
  • convene interviews

6. lf the Council approves the application, the Chief Executive Officer must:

  • register the educator by entering the educator’s name in the register for educators; and
  • issue a registration certificate or an acknowledgement of provisional registration to the educator.

7. The Council may determine the period of validity of the registration or provisional registration in terms of section 5(a) (v) of the Act.

8. In the event that a certificate is destroyed or lost, an educator may apply to the chief executive officer for the issue of a duplicate certificate on payment of a fee as determined from time to time by the Council.
Only original application forms will be accepted and we do not accept faxed nor e-mailed forms. 

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All inquiries must be forwarded to [email protected]


  1. Any applicant who for some reason his/her account was removed and needs to re-register can do so with the council by using clause 2.

2. The application for re-registration must be backed by enough reasons as to why the applicant was removed and comprehensive information as to why the applicant must be added back on the platform.

3. The requirements applicable to an applicant for registration apply to any application for re-registration.

How Much Does SACE Registration Cost

The cost of SACE registration is subjective. South African citizens are subjected to pay a fee of R200 whiles non-south African are to a sum of R400 as registration fee and R 120 Page 33 SACE REGISTRATION annual levy. Accepted modes of payment among others include Postal orders, cheques, cash, and also bank card at their requested office.

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