| Criteria for registration
- Schools must be registered with the provincial department of education before their Grade 12 learners write.
- Schools must have been through the Umalusi process and provisionally accredited; in cases where the evaluation process is not complete, final acceptance by the IEB will depend on the outcome of the Umalusi process; the IEB will consider provisional acceptance on the basis of a whole school evaluation conducted by other recognized agencies such as IQAA or the CIE in cases where the Umalusi process has been delayed.
- The National Senior Certificate is a 3 year qualification. Schools must be registered when their first group of Grade 12 learners are in Grade 10 or earlier.
- There must be at least 10 learners in Grade 10.
- Teachers must attend the subject conferences as well as cluster group meetings.
- Schools will need to provide the financial statements of the past 3 years.
- Schools must have their own internet facilities as e mail is the primary source of communication between the IEB and its client schools.
- The IEB only deals with full time learners at independent schools.
- Must be housed in a permanent structure
- Must have adequate grounds
- Must have water and electricity
- Must have sanitation
- There must be an adequate number of qualified teachers
- There must be staff stability
- There must be a functional school management team and school governance
- There must be adequate classrooms
- Learners must have textbooks/stationery
- There must be laboratory/media facilities. In order to offer subjects like Computer Applications Technology, Information Technology, Hospitality Studies and Consumer Studies, there must be appropriate and adequate facilities for these subjects.
- The school must have a secure facility for the storage of question papers and answer scripts.
- The minimum requirement is a safe within a secure room.
The school will be provisionally registered once the registration and accreditation processes have been completed. The registration will only be finalized after the IEB has visited the school.
A school that has been de-registered by any Department of Education as an examination centre will not be registered with the IEB. The IEB reserves the right to refuse to register a school; no correspondence will be entered into.