Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) is an important building block in any credit-based qualification system, and a vital instrument for life- long learning. It involves the totaling of credits required to complete a qualification or part qualification and recognition of credits towards a different qualification. The recognition is based on formal arrangements which have been negotiated between ETPs and/or based on equivalences as established by compatible accreditation, qualification or credit transfer systems.

CAT is important in the context of globalization. It enables recognition of learning achievements across borders, and applies across all levels and sub frameworks of the education and training system. CAT allows learner mobility and progression.

BQA is mandated to ensure that registered and accredited education and training providers develop systems for the implementation of CAT.

Botswana Qualifications Authority, amongst other roles, helps to create an environment and framework within which CAT is to operate. A National CAT policy has been developed and will be made available to the public as soon as it is finalized for publication.