Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC, is registered as a private higher education institution with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), under the Higher Education Act, 1997; Registration Certificate No.2001/HE08/006.


To confirm the accreditation status of Cornerstone programmes:

1. Go to the SAQA website at http://regqs.saqa.org.za/search.php

2. Select “Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC” from the “Originating Provider” drop-down list.

3. Click “GO” button to start search.

All the Cornerstone’s qualifications will now be displayed.


All our programmes are accredited by the Council on Higher Education

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Psychology)

Advanced Diploma in Intermediate Phase Teaching (PGCE)

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology majors)

Bachelor of Theology in Community Leadership (Psychology, Sociology/Community Development and Christian Ministry majors)

Higher Certificate in Community Counselling

Higher Certificate in Christian Ministry

Higher Certificate in Business Studies

The Council on Higher Education (CHE) is an independent statutory body with the responsibility to advise the Minister of Education on all matters related to higher education policy issues and quality assurance within higher education and training. In addition, these programmes appear on the National Qualification Framework (NQF) of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). SAQA is the body responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the NQF, established in terms of the SAQA Act no. 58 of 1995.

Registration with the DHET, CHE and SAQA provides assurance that our programmes are of the highest standard. Our programmes are therefore nationally and internationally comparable, and the credits earned with us are truly “portable”, i.e. they can be transferred to other accredited, registered institutions.


Legal Status

Cornerstone Institute is a Non Profit Company (NPC). Registration Number: 2004/025078/08.



Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC is a member of the Association of Private Providers of Education, Training and Development (APPETD). Established in 1997, APPETD is the national body representing the interests of private providers of education, training and development in South Africa. It is recognised as an ethical body that works toward establishing and maintaining the highest standards of education and training throughout the industry.

Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC is an affiliate member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Students from American colleges, and universities, belonging to the CCCU, have the opportunity of enrolling in the Cornerstone Study Abroad programme.

Click here to view the DHET Registration Certificate 27 February 2017

B-BBEE Certification

Cornerstone Institute RF (NPC) is certified as a Level 4 B-BBEE Contributor.