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Finding Work Experience or Internships

Do you need to secure work experience to qualify? Occupational qualifications include practical work placement components but many learners struggle to secure these opportunities without the help of their colleges. Unfortunately, most colleges have been inadequate in this regard. How To Find Work Experience Opportunities When gaining practical work experience is Your Responsibility, here’s what…
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CAT. How SAQA allows Learners to be credited for Maths and Languages

Credit Accumulation Transfer (CAT) CAT is the acronym for “Credit Accumulation Transfer”, and is based on a model developed by SAQA that is used to determine how CAT (Credit Award Transfer) can be implemented to recognise school / FET qualifications and sector qualifications. This ensures that learners don't repeat the exercise of learning something they already know.…
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Assessment Management and Accreditation

Assessment is a quality indicator and as such, should be a detailed component of your Quality Management System. The following content was covered during the Accreditation workshop on Programme Management, Learner Management and Assesment Management. Assessment and Moderation Policies and Procedures Quality Assurance Councils want to see policies and procedures for forms of assessments and…
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QCTO Qualifications and Assessment Partners

AQPs and their Qualifications [caption id="attachment_5181" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations workshop is ideal for those feeling challenged by imminent changes. Find your direction and understand the market.[/caption] The new QCTO landscape sees the addition of external summative assessment centres - or AQPs (Assessment Quality Partners). AQPs take over the role of…
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QCTO criteria for Assessment Quality Partners

An AQP is an entity appointed by the QCTO and delegated to manage, on behalf of the QCTO, the assessment process in order to achieve desired objectives. AQP Principles and Values The following principles and values were taken into consideration during the development of the criteria and guidelines for becoming an AQP: External Assessment systems…
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Building a Portfolio of Evidence (POE) for Assessment

Types of Evidence SAQA describes the difference between the three main types of evidence as follows (Oct. 2001: 38-39): DIRECT EVIDENCE INDIRECT EVIDENCE HISTORICAL EVIDENCE Actual evidence produced by candidates. Considered the most valid and authentic evidence and should be the primary source of evidence.   This is evidence produced about the candidate by a third…
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RPL Policy, Evidence Analysis and Assessor Roles

The RPL Policy & Procedure Organisations must submit a Recognition of Prior Learning policy as part of their accreditation application. The following is an outline of what this policy should contain. Reference Points Education and training policies and procedures must reference existing legislation and policy documents provided by the DoL, SAQA, the DHET, QCTO and…
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How to Compile Evidence for Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning The RPL process is one which considers your knowledge and experience to gain a qualification. If you select a qualification that is closely related to your experience, you won't have to attend much if any training. You can skip the training that inexperienced people would normally complete and jump straight to…
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