Get the latest opportunities by email
by subscribing to our daily updates

CACH Helping Thousands Of Students Seeking Placement


CACH is an online service offered annually in January and February to matriculants who qualify for university entrance but have not been offered a place. As the country’s institutions of higher learning and training shift into gear for the 2020 academic year, thousands of prospective students seeking placement are turning to the Central Applications Clearing House (CACH). 


CACH is the Department of Higher Education and Training’s online application portal designed for Grade 12 students, who are seeking admission to post-school education and training (PSET).

The service assists prospective students by sharing their matric results with public and private further and higher education institutions across the country, including Technical Vocational and Training (TVET) colleges, universities, Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) and registered private higher institutions.

Institutions with open study places, technical training opportunities or apprenticeship slots then make them available to the most suitable applicants on the CACH database.

Students who have been declined offers at universities should turn to CACH, which is an ideal route to find a study space that is still available at another institution.

The system also provides a portal for school leavers and other prospective students, who need advice and development services.

The system is designed to help ease pressure on the country’s institutions of higher learning and training, some of which have introduced their own online application systems.  

CACH is an online service offered annually in January and February to matriculants who qualify for university entrance but have not been offered a place. We send the contact details and exam results of potential applicants to universities, colleges and SETAs. We cannot guarantee that those who sign up will be offered a place. 

If you want to start studying in second semester or in 2020, apply directly to the universities and colleges in which you are interested as soon as they open applications (any time from March onwards) and if you require funding apply to NSFAS as well. Make sure to get all your documentation in before the closing date. 

For other information about post-school study, explore:

For details of publicly funded Universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges in your province, click here.

Click on the links below for lists of:

SETA's offering learnershipRegistered private collegesRegistered private higher education institutions


Latest How To Articles


In order to be effective at work we must start by realizing and admitting we have both strengths and weaknesses.

Copyright: Portal Publishing cc | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use
Skills Portal | Careers Portal | Jobs Portal | Bursaries Portal | Skills Universe
COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal