PR - Employers and other members of the public who need to confirm the authenticity of foreign qualifications can seek assistance through the Samoa Qualifications Authority (S.Q.A).
The S.Q.A. - Foreign Qualifications Recognition Service (F.Q.R.S) examines foreign qualifications whether they are genuine and recognised in the country of award.
It also determines the comparability of such qualification levels to the Samoa Qualifications Framework (S.Q.F.).
The development of the Foreign Qualifications Recognition Service is a response by S.Q.A. to the need to verify qualifications and various certificates obtained outside of Samoa’s national border.
The increase in student and worker mobility across national and international borders has also affected Samoa. Having a foreign qualification assessed and recognised assures employers and other stakeholders that it is authentic, quality assured and the person holding such a qualification can fulfill relevant employment expectations.
While it is not mandatory for employment or study in Samoa to have S.Q.A. validation of qualifications, it has been recommended in a recent review of F.Q.R.S that S.Q.A. works together with the Immigration Department, Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) and P.S.E.T. providers to establish a framework for collaboration in the granting of study visas and work permits.
The review also recommended and approved a new reasonable fee structure for the service and reducing the time for processing applications to ensure maximum use of the service by general public.
The outcome of the F.Q.R.S. assessment will assist employers in the hiring of workers with genuine and quality assured qualifications. It may also enable the employer to make an evaluation on effective deployment and re-deployment of employees into areas better suited to their qualifications and skills.
Being part of the global environment; there have also been fraudulent qualifications presented in Samoa obtained by dubious means or issued by bogus universities, degree mills and other spurious training providers.