Relevant, accessible and sustainable quality Post School Education and Training for all Samoan learners to enhance quality of life.


To regulate, quality assure and coordinate Post School Education and Training through partnership with all stakeholders to improve quality of education and training for all Samoan learners.

Brief History SQA

The Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA) embodies deliberations over a decade on the need for a national body to coordinate and quality assure Post School Education and Training in Samoa.

Work of a Cabinet select Committee in the mid 1990’s and a review in 2003 by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) strongly recommended the establishment of a National Training Authority. Cabinet approved the establishment of SQA in June in 2004. This resulted in the establishment of SQA beginning in November 2004 using a phased approach.

SQA was however officially established in 2006 under the Samoa Qualifications Act 2006. This was repealed by the SQA Act 2010 to strengthen its regulatory functions.

Strategic priorities for the development, coordination, monitoring, quality assurance and implementation of relevant activities in the PSET sub-sector is described in its PSET Strategic Plan  2016-2020.

The operationalization of these activities are implemented in the SQA Corporate Plan 2017-2020 and carried out in its Annual Management Plan (AMP) on an annual basis. This is to ensure the effective and efficient implementation to ensure the achievement of goals and Objectives in alignment to the mandated functions of the Authority.

As SQA continues to develop and implement its mandated functions the number of staff has also increased in order to improve its effectiveness and efficiency in its service delivery.