CAO Application Form South Africa

CAO Application Form South Africa

Step 1 – Register on the CAO system in advance of the closing date to obtain your CAO application number

  1. Go online at and click on Apply.
  2. Enter your personal details carefully.
  3. Supply a valid email address. Please note that CAO, and the HEIs to which you apply, may wish to communicate with you about your application and they may contact you by email, post or SMS text message.
  4. Select the qualifications and assessments section(s) that are relevant to you (there may be more than one relevant section – see page 5 for more information).
  5. Select your payment method. If you are paying by credit or debit card you will be redirected to a payment screen. All payment card transactions are handled by Realex Payments – no payment card details will be stored on the CAO system. Once your payment has been processed, you will be brought back to the CAO website to complete the remaining steps.
  6. Create a password. If you forget your password you can use the forgotten password facility. You will need your CAO application number, date of birth and the registered email address for your account to be able to automatically reset your password. If you experience difficulty resetting your password, email CAO using the Contact facility.
  7. You must then click on ‘Proceed with application’ to obtain your CAO application number. Your application details will appear on screen and you will also receive an email containing your CAO application number. If you do not receive an email with your application number, your application has not been processed successfully.

Please note: You should enter your name as it appears on your Birth Certificate or Passport. If you wish to apply under a different name, HEIs will require proof of identification at registration.

See Also:

About CAO South Africa

CAO South Africa Handbook

CAO Application Dates and Fees

CAO Online Application South Africa

Reapplying to CAO

CAO Application Status

CAO Login South Africa

CAO Office South Africa

CAO South Africa Banking Details

CAO South Africa Contact Details

CAO South Africa Application Forms

Central Applications Office CAO South Africa

CAO Booklet South Africa

CAO South Africa Course Codes

CAO Online Application South Africa

CAO Application Forms PDF Download

CAO South Africa Important Correspondence

CAO International Student

CAO South Africa Offer Rounds

CAO South Africa Accepting an Offer

CAO South Africa The Point-Scoring System for Leaving Certificate Applicants

CAO South Africa Points Calculation for Examinations

CAO South Africa Deferring an Offer

CAO South Africa : Taking up a Deferral

CAO South Africa : Available Places / Space

CAO South Africa : The Leaving Certificate Recheck Process

CAO South Africa : Registration on your Accepted Course

CAO Applications to be made Direct to Higher Education Institutions