The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a Sector Education Training Authority for the Mining and Minerals Sector. It has since its establishment strategically accelerated the provision and administration of skills development projects and programmes for the Mining and Minerals Sector. Many Historically Disadvantaged Individuals have realized their dreams through these skills development programmes. The Alumni Corner has been created to serve as a port where an impact of what these programmes have done can be reflected on.
The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act No. 29 of 1996 and is a registered Sector Education and Training Authority for the Mining and Minerals Sector in terms of the Skills development Act No 97 of 1998.
The SAQA Act No 58 of 1995 requires of the MQA to generate unit standards and qualifications and enables the organisation to be an Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) body for the sector. The MQA must support the objectives of the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) as determined by the Department of Labour and also support the objectives of the Mining Charter in terms of the Minerals and Petrolium Resources Development Act (No. 29 of 1996).The MQA has adopted its Constitution, Policy and Five year business plan.
The MQA is responsible for driving transformation in the Mining and Minerals Sector through the facilitation of skills development in terms of the Skills Development Act (No 97 OF 1998). In addition, the MQA in the execution of its mandate supports the broad based socio economic empowerment charter (Mining charter) in terms of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (No. 29 of 1996). The priorities outlined in the Mining Charter include amongst others, human resources development aimed at redressing the imbalances brought by the previous dispensation, increased participation of women in mining, and the empowerment of previously disadvantaged communities.