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Organization : Central Applications Office
Facility : CAO Online Application 2022
Head Quarters: Durban
Website : https://www.cao.ac.za/Default.aspx#
CAO Online Application
Online Applications for 2022 entry are now open.
How to Apply?
The preferred way to apply is online at www.cao.ac.za
When Applying Online :
** At the same time that you apply, you may pay the administration fee online, and you may upload your supporting documents, eg. ID, school results, etc.
** On receipt of your application and administration fee your application is immediately available to the institution/s to which you have applied
** You will receive your Acknowledgement Letter within 24 hours OR
** At the same time that you apply you may upload your supporting
documents, e.g. ID, school results, etc. you may choose not to pay the administration fee online
** You can choose to pay the administration fee via EasyPay
** Your application is available to the institution/s to which you have applied as soon as confirmation of your payment is received, which is the day after you have paid the administration fee at the EasyPay outlet
** You will receive your Acknowledgement Letter within 24 hours after confirmation of payment is received
To Complete Your Online Application :
Step 1 : Go to our website: www.cao.ac.za and click on ‘Apply’
Step 2 : Read the information and click on ‘Continue with Application’
Step 3 : Enter your ID number and click on ‘Submit’
Step 4 : Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Continue with Application’
Step 5 : Start to enter ALL the details requested. Once you have entered all the requested information, click on ‘Next’
Step 6 : Click on ‘Continue with Online Application’
Step 7 : A pop-up window will appear with your CAO number, password and EasyPay number. Read the instructions.
The same information will also be sent to the email address you provided. This information is important in case you want to access your information at a later date.
Note : You Have Not Yet Completed Your Application
Step 8 : Click on ‘Continue with Online Application’.
Step 9 : Follow the instructions and complete ALL the information requested, then click ‘Next’.
Step 10 : Complete the ‘Next of Kin’ details and click ‘Next’.
Step 11 : Insert the school name and click on ‘Search’. The school name will appear in a box and you must enter the year you attended that school and the year you finished attending that school.
Step 12 : Click ‘Next’.
Step 13 : When you reach ‘Process My Application’, click on the button. YOUR APPLICATION HAS NOW BEEN SUBMITTED
Step 14 : The message on your screen will display that your submission has been successful.
Step 15 : You can now pay online and/or upload your supporting documents.
Step 16 : Pay via EasyPay. See page 24 on ‘Ways to Pay the Administration Fee’.
Apply Using Mobile App
You first have to download the mobile app. There are two ways to download the ‘Central Applications Office’ app, which is available for Android or Apple devices.
Via the CAO website The app is available on the following stores :
1. Open a browser on your device and go to the Central Applications Office website www.cao.ac.za
2. Look for the icon for your device and click on it to take you to the store where you can install it.
Download the App via the App Stores The app is available in the following stores :
1. Go to your store and search for ‘Central Applications Office’.
2. Install the app with the following icon.
3. Even when applying via the app you will have to upload your supporting documents online at our website www.cao.ac.za
4. See payment options at ‘Online Applications’
Hard-copy Application Form
This is the least efficient option
1. Handbooks and Application Forms are posted to your school. Find out from your principal and LO teacher. This application material should have reached your school by the end of April.
2. Handbooks and Application Forms are also available from the four universities in KZN and from the DBE District Offices.
3. Some Libraries also have the Handbooks and Application Forms.
4 You may also request an application form by :
4.1 Contacting the CAO Call Centre at 031 268 4444 or 086 086 0226
4.2 Sending an email to formrequestcao [AT] cao.ac.za
4.3 Visiting the CAO office at Gate 11, Mary Thiphe Street, Cato Manor
5 Send completed hard-copy Application Forms to us by :
5.1 Emailing it to: formsreceivedcao [AT] cao.ac.za
5.2 Posting it to Private Bag X06, Dalbridge, 4014
5.3 Hand delivering it to
CAO, Gate 11, Mary Thiphe Street
(previously Cato Manor Road),
Durban (Office Hours: 08:00-16:30 Monday to Friday).
If you apply by completing a hard-copy Application Form, your application takes at least two to three weeks to process after we receive your completed Application Form and administration fee.
Only then the institutions to which you have applied will have access to it. We also have no control over how long the Post Office takes to deliver your completed Application Form to us.
Applications for 2022 entry open on 1 April 2021! Don’t delay – apply as soon as possible after 1 April. The sooner you apply, the sooner your application will be considered.
** The Closing Date for a programme is the final date for your application and administration fee of R250.00 to reach us and for it to be considered as being ‘on-time’.
** Applications received and/or administration fees received after the programme closing date are regarded as being late and may only be considered after all ‘on-time’ applications have been assessed.
** Applications and/or administration fees received from 1 November 2021 incur the late fee cost of R470.00.