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Applying through CAO – Register on the CAO System


Applying through CAO – Register on the CAO System | CAO stands for Central Applications Office. They are a centralized applications service offering access to the fullest range of study opportunities in Higher and Further Education in Southern Africa.

The following is the list of institutions that makes use of CAO for applications:

  1. AAA School of Advertising
  2. Berea College of Technology
  3. Berea Technical College
  4. CTU Training Solutions
  5. Central Technical College, CTC
  6. The Durban University of Technology, DUT
  7. Embury Institute for Higher Education
  8. Elangeni TVET College
  9. Majuba TVET College
  10. Umfolozi TVET College
  11. Thekwini TVET College
  12. Esayidi TVET College
  13. ICESA
  14. Institute for Quality Education, Training and Development
  15. iStudent
  16. The University of Kwazulu-Natal, UKZN
  17. Pax College
  18. Regent Business School, RBS
  19. Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology
  20. Rosebank College
  21. Southern Business School, SBS
  22. Springfield FET College
  23. Varsity College: Part-Time Division
  24. The University of Zululand, UNIZULU
  26. Management and Leadership Academy
  27. The Mangosuthu University of Technology, MUT
  28. Oval International College
  29. PC Training and Business College
  30. Pearson Institute of Higher Education

How To Apply CAO

  1.  Go to the CAO website – www.cao.ac.za
  2. Read How to use the programme list – www.cao.ac.za/Programmes.aspx?content=Programmes
  3. Refer to the summary of codes used
  4. Use the ‘Index’ to find which page the programme is on
  5. Click on ‘Apply’ at top
  6. Go to Apply Now – www.cao.ac.za/IDLookup.aspx
  7. Complete the application by filling in all required details and following the prompts
  8. Print out the declaration and deposit slip
  9. Pay application fee
  10. Attach the required documents and proof of payment in the form of a declaration
  11. Post to CAO OR hand in at CAO offices
  12. Keep the receipt and make a note of the CAO number and password in order to track your application status later
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How To Track Your Application

Contact CAO

Phone Numbers

  • Call Centre: 031 268 4444
  • Share Call: 086 0860 CAO / 086 0860 226
  • Fax Number: 086 622 8828
  • If faxing from outside South Africa use +27 31 268 4422

Physical Address

  • Gate 11, Central Services Complex – UKZN
  • Mary Thiphe Street (Cato Manor Road)
  • Cato Manor
  • Durban

Postal Address

  • Private Bag X06
  • Delbridge
  • 4014



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