The purpose of the qualification is to equip qualifying learners with the following

  • Knowledge and understanding of the South African context within which social services function and are delivered.
  • Understanding of social development in terms of the needs, policies and the role of the social auxiliary worker.
  • Basic knowledge of human behavior, relationship systems and social issues and the ability to address social needs using appropriate social auxiliary work methods and techniques.
  • The skills to work as a team member and as a provider of support services to the social work team.

“A social auxiliary worker works under the guidance and control of the social worker and as a supporting service to a social worker to achieve the aims of social work”. This implies that social auxiliary workers are assistants to social workers, providing support services and working under the supervision of social workers. Social auxiliary work complements and supports social work in all focus areas with services to individuals, families, groups and communities.

This occupation assists in the provisioning of social services and support to individuals, families, groups and communities with regards to a full range of social services and related social welfare matters. These services include but are not limited to services and support relating to:


  • Emotional trauma (Life Skills development)
  • Emotional Stress
  • financial stress
  • Recreational needs
  • Social needs and matters relating to housing. (Developmental approach)


A qualified learner will be able to:

  • Provide basic counseling and support services to individuals and families with socio-economic challenges
  • Facilitate non-therapeutic (educational and support groups) groups towards the accomplishments of the developmental goals of the group
  • Facilitate participatory development in communities to address their common socio-economic needs and to promote social justice
  • Collect and collate data to inform social services intervention

This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill Modules:

Knowledge Modules

  1. Social Auxiliary Work and Social Welfare Services In The South African Context, at NQF Level 5, 28 Credits.
  2. Social work – Methods and principles, at NQF Level 5, 9 Credits.
  3. Communication and Life Skills in Social Auxiliary Work, at NQF Level 5, 13 Credits.

Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 50.

Practical Skill Modules

  1. Render basic counseling and support. Support the counseling processes, at NQF Level 5, 7 Credits.
  2. Support the processes to intervene with individuals and families, at NQF Level 5, 4 Credits.
  3. Facilitate educational, life skills and support group programs, at NQF Level 5, 7 Credits.
  4. Assist in implementation of community development process, at NQF Level 5, 8 Credits.
  5. Assist with obtaining and keeping data that inform social services intervention strategies, at NQF Level 47 Credits.

Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 33.

This qualification also requires the following:

Work Experience Modules

  1. Exposure to the client counseling and referral processes, at NQF Level 5, 10 Credits.
  2. Exposure to the facilitation of non-therapeutic group processes, at NQF Level 5, 14 Credits.
  3. Exposure to community development processes, at NQF Level 5, 12 Credits.
  4. Exposure to the social work administration processes, at NQF Level 4, 10 Credits.

Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 46.


Learners who want to register for this qualication must have;

Grade 10, 11 or 12 plus FLC


ABET Level 4 plus FLC


Matric with 33.3% in Maths and English


What is FLC

Foundational Learning Competence (FLC) is Mathematics and English at level 2 to 4. Its purpose is to remove barries to learning and progress in occupational pathways and skills at level 2 to 4. FLC can be done by anyone who does not have Matric with 33.3% in Maths and English and he/she want to study Occupational Quali cation – course that contains 70% practical and 30% theory.

International Students Requirements

1. International student who reside in South Africa must have student permit, workers permit or valid asylum

2. International student applying from their countries of origin must have i. 2 (two) certified copies of the valid passport ii. Pay stated full registration and deposit

3. All international student must have
i. High school certi cate valuated SAQA (South African Quali cation Authority)  Tel: +2712431500
ii. High school certificate equivalent to Matric with 33.3% in Maths and English or grade 10, 11 or 12 plus FLC


Learners will be formatively assessed in theoretical studies on the basis of assignments, an individual and group project and as well as short test. Assignments, case studies, problem-solving techniques will assist with formative assessment. Learners will also be formatively assessed in real work environment on the basis of observation in natural setting; unobtrusive or planned. Behavior and performance will be evaluated.


Upon completion of the training learners will be issued with a statement of results by the college which will allow them to sit for national examination.

NB: National examinations are written in March and October/November every year.


Learners who passed National Examination will be awarded Occupational Quali cation: Health Promotion Offer by Quality Council (QCTO).


Approved by SAQA at NQF Level 5, SAQA ID 98890, with  129Credits




12 Months


R22 780


R5 500


R600 Non Refundable


R 1 390 for 12 months