South African Council for Educators -SACE Online Registration 2023

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South African Council for Educators -SACE is the professional council for educators, that aims to enhance the status of the teaching profession through appropriate Registration, management of Professional Development and inculcation of a Code of Ethics for all educators.

Here on this page, you are gonna find out the South African Council for Educators -SACE registration process, how to apply to SACE, registration requirements, online payments, SACE contact details and how to check your registration status with SACE.


South African Council for Educators (SACE) is the professional council for educators, that aims to enhance the status of the teaching profession through appropriate Registration, management of Professional Development and inculcation of a Code of Ethics for all educators.

The SACE Council 

SACE Council was instituted by the SACE Act no 31 of 2000 as amended by Education Laws Amendment Act, No. 31 of 2007 and Basic Education Laws Amendment Act, No. 15 of 2011.  The Council Chairperson and members are appointed by the Minister of Basic Education with due consideration to representation in respect of race, gender, disability, geographical distribution and their professional expertise in education field.

The diverse Council consists of thirty members. They are from the Organised Profession (18), Department of Basic Education (5), National Associations representing School Governing Bodies (2), the Council for Higher Education (1), Council for Further Education and Training Institutions (1) and a National body representing Independent Schools. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) completes the Council.

SACE Registration Criteria and Procedures

 Criteria for registration

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:
    1. minimum post Matriculation teacher education qualification of (3) years (M + 3 or REQV 13);
    2. 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.

Provisional Registrations

The Council may provisionally register a person who does not qualify under 3.1.2 if:

      1. the Council has approved that the person be appointed to a teaching post on the grounds that there are no other suitably qualified teachers available;
      2. the Council is of the opinion that the person will obtain the required qualification within a reasonable time; or
      3. the Council is of the opinion that it is in the interests of learners at an educational institution.

Foreign educators are registered provisionally to teach in South Africa as recommended by the employer. They must provide proof of legal entry into South Africa and a police clearance.

    1. Council may determine the period of validity for each provisional registration and may impose any reasonable conditions on a provisional registration.
    2. Registration entails verification and vetting of all documents accompanying the application. Therefore registration will not always be possible in all cases where the Council doubts documents submitted. Documents will be verified with relevant stakeholders to determine authenticity.
    3. Applicants are verified for employment in line with qualifications, the area of specialisation and grades they are qualified to teach.

The Council must keep and maintain at its head office, a register of the names of all persons who are registered or provisionally registered with the Council.

Registration fees
The Council must, in consultation with the Minister of Basic Education, determine from time to time the registration fees payable by educators.

Removal of name from the register

The Council may direct the chief executive officer to remove the name of an educator from the register if:

      1. after having been registered, the relevant qualification of the educator is withdrawn or cancelled by the higher education institution which issued it;
      2. the educator was registered by error or by means of fraud;
      3. the educator was found guilty of a breach of the Code of Professional Ethics, and in respect of whom the sanction was the removal of that person’s name from the register;
      4. the educator requests de-registration, permanently or for a specified period;
      5. the educator fails to pay the fees prescribed by the Council within a specified period; or
      6. the educator dies.

The educator concerned must be given a reasonable opportunity to make representations to the Council prior to the removal of the educator’s name from the register, in the circumstances contemplated in clauses 7.1.1, 7.1.2 and 7.1.5.

The chief executive officer must give notice of the removal of an educator’s name from the register by certified mail to the registered address of the educator.


    1. Any person whose name has been removed from the register may re-apply for registration with the Council    by the following procedure in clause 2.
    2. An application for re-registration must be accompanied by the reasons for the removal of the person’s name from the register and a detailed motivation regarding why the application should be approved.
    3. The procedures applicable to an applicant for registration apply to any application for re-registration.

In this document, unless the context indicates otherwise, any word or phrase defined in the South African Council of Educators Act,2000 has that meaning and:

    1. ‘Act’ means the South African Council for Educators Act, 2000 (Act No 31 of 2000);
    2. ‘Council’ means the South African Council for Educators;
    3. ‘educator’ means an educator as defined in the Act;
    4. ‘chief executive officer’ means the chief accounting officer of the Council;
    5. ‘register’ means the register contemplated in section 5(a)(iii) of the Act; and
    6. ‘registration committee’ means the registration committee contemplated in section 12 of the Act.

Note: Only original application forms will be accepted and we do not accept faxed nor e-mailed forms. 

SACE Online Registration

The SACE online registration is facilitated through the SITA e-services portal. visit

Click on the link then Register on the e-gov services. Once registered with the e-gov service, you can then log in to the e-gov portal and select on SACE to begin registering. If you already registered on just proceed with login no need to register twice.

How to Register with SACE

Follow the guidelines below to register with SACE.

  • Visit the SACE Application Portal, (for new applications) visit,
  • Get the application form
  • Fill the application form with your correct details
  • Afterwards, Click on submit to submit your application

After the procedures above, wait patiently for the management to process your application, successful applicants will be communicated to through their emails.

SACE Contact Details

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