The PLIDA certificate is an official diploma offered exclusively in Cape Town by the Dante Alighieri Society. It is issued in accordance with an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Act No. 1903 of 4 November 1993) and under the aegis of ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome (agreement of 29 June 2004). The PLIDA certificate is also recognized by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies (decree of 18 October 2002) and by the Italian Ministry of Universities & Research (Ref. No. 1906 of 9 October 2006) as a qualification to facilitate university enrolment of foreign students.

The Dante Alighieri Society also offers two special certificates:

The PLIDA Juniores, intended for young people from 13 to 18 years of age, with the same structure and validity as the normal PLIDA except that its tests are constructed using contexts appropriate to younger people’s experience.

The PLIDA Commercial, intended for those who study or use Italian in the business and finance world.
  PLIDA preparation course
Duration: 2-3 weeks
Lessons: Two hourly lessons to a maximum of 12 hours.
Level: All levels available
Class size: Individual to a maximum of six participants
Description: This course provides for a maximum of 12 hours of lessons to be attended over a two or three-week period. The purpose of this course is to prepare candidates for the PLIDA exam through classroom simulations using actual previous PLIDA examination papers. Candidates are thus able to anticipate how the PLIDA exam is structured, how to work within its time limits and how to develop a strategy for successfully sitting the PLIDA exam.

These courses are offered bi-annually, in April and October respectively, in accordance with the PLIDA sessions and as close as possible to the dates of the examinations thus enabling candidates to prepare effectively