This article highlights the fact that QCTO Qualification development lacked strategic thinking at the onset. Evidence suggests this as has changed as there are many more QCTO accreditied facilities and qualifications available. But don’t become too mesmerised by their documents, there are many inaccuracies in the data presented on their website. In addition, the usual problem, like SAQA – data is not up to date!!!
Of the 63 qualifications / learning programs listed by the QCTO (Quality Council for Trade and Occupations) 2015, only six were available to the public. With occupational training and development increasingly linked to market needs, one wonders why the remaining 56 qualifications were developed without industry commitment to deliver.
6 Qualifications and 11 Training Providers heading for Maturity?
Using the 2015 data as background information can feed into an organisations development strategy, particularly competitive analysis.
- Analyse the qualifications that have been available the longest.
- Who are the AQPs?
- What are the assessment success rates?
- Have learners been certified?
- How long did it take?
- What can you learn from the system about process and procedure when building your case study?
Take a look at the 11 training facilities that have been accredited to deliver.
- Have they rolled out?
- Who do they market to?
- How do they market and recruit learners?
- Will you compete for the same market segment?
- How can you position your organisation?
Which Six Qualifications were first Available
- Occupational Certificate: Compliance Officer
- Occupational Certificate: Electrical Line Mechanic: Overhead Lines
- Occupational Certificate: Health Promotion Officer
- Occupational Certificate: Office Administrator: Public Service Administrator
- Occupational Certificate: Retail Manager: Retail Store Manager
- Occupational Certificate: Tax Professional
The table lists the following information:
Qualification / Program ID
If you click on this ID number, you will be taken directly to the SAQA website where you will be able to read through the qualification information.
Qualification / Learning program title
This is the name of the course. A qualification is a complete course whilst a Learning Program can earn you credits towards a full qualification or recognise a particular niche skill. (This means that although the skill is important, the learning program isn’t enough for a full qualification.)
The full list of qualifications is not listed here because if you’re looking for a course to study – a list of programs that are not offered won’t mean much to you. If you are a training provider, you can find the full list on the QCTO website. (I also publish competitive advice on LinkedIn).
The National Qualifications Framework creates ‘career ladders’ where qualifications assist you with working your way up. For example, perhaps you study at NQFL3 this year, maybe afterwards when you qualify you want to register for an NQFL4 qualification, then level 5 and so on.
Learning Sub Field
This tells you which learning area or field this course belongs to. For example, does it prepare you for construction? if so, which aspect (sub field) – is it plumbing, building or electrical etc.
Originator / QAP
QAP’s (Quality Assurance Partners) identify the need for the qualification and initiate its development. This should be done strategically and make market considerations. It doesn’t really appear as if a sound process was followed – hence the lack of accredited providers.
You’ll need to google their contact details to reach them directly.
|Qualification / Program ID||Title / Learning Program||NQF level||Learning Subfield||Originator / QAP||Providers (organisations offering the course)|
|91671||Occupational Certificate: Compliance Officer||06||Finance Economics and Accounting||CISA||Khulisane Academy (Pty) Ltd|
|Graduate School of Business Leadership – UNISA|
|91781||Occupational Certificate: Electrical Line Mechanic: Overhead Lines||04||Electrical Infrastructure Construction||DQP – Eskom Academy of Learning||Eskom Academy of Learning|
|Occupational Certificate: Health Promotion Officer||03||Promotive Health and Developmental Services||
|1. Bojanala Regional Training Centre
2. Dr Kenneth Kaunda Regional Training Centre
3. Free State Regional Training Centre
4. Kalafong Hospital(RTC)
5. Lehurutse Regional Training Centre
6. Limpopo Regional Training Centre
7. Mpumalanga Regional Training Centre
8. Regional Training Centre(Lilitha Nursing College- East London)
9. Regional Training Centre(Lilitha Nursing College-Madzikane KaZulu Sub-Campus)
10. Regional Training Centre (Lilitha Nursing college-Mthatha)
11. Regional Training Centre (Lilitha Nursing College-Port Elizabeth)
12. Regional Training Centre (Lilitha Nursing College-Queenstown)
|91994||Occupational Certificate: Office Administrator: Public Service Administrator||05||Office Administration||PSETA||National School of Government|
|91789||Occupational Certificate: Retail Manager: Retail Store Manager||06||Wholesale and Retail||W&RSETA||Edutel Wholesale and Retail Academy(Pty) Ltd|
|93624||Occupational Certificate: Tax Professional||08||Finance Economics and Accounting||FASSET||University Of Pretoria|
Keep Climbing thanks the QCTO for their efforts to make information available for publication on this blog.
- Ready QCTO Qualifications and Assessment
- The Most Mature QCTO Qualifications and Accredited Providers
- Ready QCTO Qualifications and Assessment
- QCTO Code of Conduct for Development and Assessment Quality Partners
- When the QCTO Hits, don’t Let it Hurt
- From SETA to QCTO