QCTO Skills Programmes List: SDP Accreditation

A comprehensive list of all QCTO Skills Programmes for training provider accreditation. Use this QCTO accreditation checklist as your success guide.

The Comprehensive List of QCTO Skills Programmes for Accreditation

We have the full list of QCTO skills programmes for you here!

The QCTO (Quality Council for Trades and Occupations) skills programmes range from NQF Level 1 to NQF Level 5 on publication of this post.

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What are QCTO Skills Programmes?

QCTO Skills Programmes are training courses that are focused on specific jobs.

They are designed to help people gain practical experience, often through simulations or actual work experience.

The goal is to make sure that people who complete QCTO Skills Programmes are more likely to find a job or be better prepared for a job.

These skills programmes are at three levels: entry, intermediate, and advanced.

Obtaining Accreditation for QCTO Skills Programmes

QCTO Skills Programmes are Occupation-based learning programmes aimed at building skills that have economic value, and which incorporate knowledge and practical modules.

Skills programmes are delivered by an accredited training provider and lead to qualifications registered on the NQF.

Accreditation is the process followed by a potential Skills Development Provider to get official approval from the QCTO to offer occupational qualifications, part qualifications and skills programmes.

Any SDP offering training – or who wants to provide training for these skills programmes must obtain accreditation from the QCTO.

These providers must comply with the minimum criteria for accreditation.

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List of QCTO Skills Programmes for SDP Accreditation

The QCTO Skills Programmes listed below are organised according to NQF Levels 1-5.

Accreditation to Offer NQF Level 1 QCTO Skills Programmes

These NQF Level One QCTO Skills Programmes are accessible entry-level courses.

SP IDSkills Programme TitleNQF LevelCredits
SP-220326Abattoir Process Worker156
SP-191217Bricklayer’s Assistant145
SP-210405Handicraft Footwear Maker147
SP-210406Handicraft Frame Weaver147
SP-210407Handicraft Knitter147
SP-210404Handicraft Sewer157
NQF Level 1 QCTO Skills Programmes Table

NQF Level 2 QCTO Skills Programmes for Accreditation

NQF Level Two QCTO Skills Programmes are also accessible entry-level courses.

SP IDSkills Programme TitleNQF LevelCredits
SP-191206Assistant Baker: Fermented Dough Products236
SP-230801Basic Emergency First Aid Responder22
SP-191221Basic Furniture Upholsterer228
SP-191210Basic Kitchen Appliance Repairer227
SP-220901Chainsaw Operator223
SP-230302Hair and Scalp Treatment Attendant223
SP-210401New Venture Creation232
SP-220325Red Meat De-boner248
SP-210408Refrigerant Safe Handling237
SP-191208Shielded Metal Arc Welder240
SP-191209Wheel Balancer236
SP-201201Workplace Preparation230
SP-191207Workshop Tool Assistant224
NQF Level 2 QCTO Skills Programmes Table

Table: NQF Level 3 QCTO Skills Programmes for Accreditation

NQF Level Three QCTO Skills Programmes are intermediate courses suitable for those with some high school education.

SP IDSkills Programme TitleNQF LevelCredits
SP-220902Aerial Chainsaw Operator336
SP-210501Assistant Handyperson382
SP-211010Cantilever Container Crane C50 Operator340
SP-220303Counterbalanced Lift Truck Driver F1320
SP-220304Counterbalanced Lift Truck Driver F2320
SP-220305Counterbalanced Lift Truck Driver F3320
SP-220306Counterbalanced Lift Truck Driver F4320
SP-220805Covid-19 Vaccine Demand Creation and Community Advocacy Practitioner315
SP-211011Crawler Hydraulic Crane Uncoded Operator356
SP-20802Dam Siltation Process Controller360
SP-191201Domestic Water and Drainage Pipe Repairer349
SP-211012Floating Crane C57 Operator340
SP-220906Forestry SHE Representative339
SP-191202General Residential Repairer331
SP-211014Hydraulic Crane Pick Up and Carry C36 Operator356
SP-211013Hydraulic Crane Pick Up and Carry Operator C34342
SP-211015Hydraulic Mobile Crane Operator C33342
SP-211016Hydraulic Mobile Crane Operator C35356
SP-211017Hydraulic Mobile Crane Operator C43342
SP-230802Intermediate Emergency First Aid Responder35
SP-211018Lattice Boom Mobile Crawler Crane Operator C38342
SP-211019Lattice Boom Mobile Crawler Crane Operator C40356
SP-211020Lattice Boom Mobile Truck Crane Operator C37356
SP-211021Lattice Boom Mobile Truck Crane Operator C39356
SP-220310Order Picker Lift Truck Driver F8320
SP-220311Order Picker Lift Truck Driver F9320
SP-211022Overhead Crane Cab Controlled Operator C31340
SP-211023Overhead Crane Pendant Radio Controlled Operator C30340
SP-220314Pallet Lift Truck F12 Driver320
SP-220308Pedestrian-controlled Lift Truck Driver F6320
SP-220309Pedestrian-controlled Lift Truck Driver F7320
SP-211024Pillar Mounted Jib Crane Operator C54329
SP-210403Plumbing Hand349
SP-211025Rail Mounted Gantry Crane C52 Operator340
SP-220317Rail Mounted Stacker Lift Truck F15 Driver317
SP-220318Rail Mounted Stacker Lift Truck F16 Driver317
SP-220307Reach Lift Truck Driver F5320
SP-211026Reach Stacker C48 Operator342
SP-220313Rough Terrain Lift Truck F11 Driver326
SP-211027Rubber Tyred Gantry Crane C55 Operator340
SP-211028Scotch Derrick Crane C51 Operator340
SP-211029Ships Crane C45 Operator340
SP-211030Side Boom Crane C60 Operator342
SP-211031Side Loader Container C56 Operator342
SP-220312Side Loader Lift Truck Driver F10320
SP-220903Specialised Chainsaw Operator315
SP-211032Straddle Carrier Operator C49340
SP-211032Sugar Cane Crane Operator C44342
SP-211034Telescopic Boom Handler Operator C46342
SP-211035Tower Crane Bottom Slewing Operator C42340
SP-211036Tower Crane Top Slewing Operator C41340
SP-211037Truck Mounted Crane Operator C32342
SP-220315VNA Lift Truck Driver F13320
SP-220316VNA Lift Truck Driver F14320
SP-211038Wall Mounted Jib Crane Operator C58329
SP-211039Wharf Side (Rail-mounted) Crane Operator C47340
SP-211040Wharf Side Jib Crane (Rubber tyred) C59 Operator340
SP-200901Work Place Preparedness and Risk Control Assistant-Communicable & Other occupational Diseases33
NQF Level 3 QCTO Skills Programmes Table
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NQF Level 4 QCTO Skills Programmes for Accreditation

SP IDSkills Programme TitleNQF LevelCredits
SP-230803Advanced Emergency First Aid Responder46
SP-230374C++ Programmer460
SP-230301Chemical Hair Reformation Attendant451
SP-210402Coded Welding496
SP-220330Cybersecurity Defender460
SP-191213Eco Ranger460
SP-220327Fifth Generation (5G) Cellular Network Administrator459
SP-220904Forestry Hazard and Risk Assessor435
SP-220905Forestry Incident Investigator432
SP-230202Front-End Web Designer460
SP-230303Hair Colouring Attendant451
SP-230304Hair Cutting Attendant460
SP-211004Hot- and Cold-Water Systems Installer493
SP-230372Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) Programmer460
SP-220329Java Programmer453
SP-220373JavaScript Programmer460
SP-230375Python Programmer460
SP-210602Renewable Energy Workshop Assistant424
SP-230203Store Person Explosives419
SP-200902Work Place Preparedness and Risk Control Officer- Communicable & Other occupational Diseases45
SP-211009Workplace Essential Skills420
NQF Level 4 QCTO Skills Programmes Table
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NQF Level 5 QCTO Skills Programmes for Accreditation

NQF Level Five QCTO Skills Programmes are advanced courses with more stringent entry criteria.

QCTO qualifications are extremely important in the market, according to Minister Nzimande.

They help those with Matric to advance up the NQF and also facilitate life-long learning and career advancement for those already working.

SP IDSkills Programme TitleNQF LevelCredits
SP-210603Advanced Spatial Intelligence Data Scientist540
SP-220320Assessment Practitioner520
SP-211001Assistant Life Coach: Communication, Integrity and Confidence Coaching530
SP-210601Auxiliary Community Development Facilitator570
SP-211003Community Counsellor525
SP-211006Community Development Facilitator (Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness)525
SP-210409Conflict Management58
SP-220803Dam Siltation Practitioner560
SP-220323Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Practitioner525
SP-230201Hydrogen Fuel Cell System Practitioner539
SP-220319Learning and Development Facilitator536
SP-211007Learning Support Facilitator520
SP-220324Magazine Master531
SP-211005Moral Regeneration Education and Awareness Facilitator530
SP-211002Occupational Screening Spirometry58
SP-220321Skills Development Facilitation Practitioner540
SP-210604Spatial Intelligence Data Scientist556
SP-220322Work Based Learning and Development Practitioner530
NQF Level 5 QCTO Skills Programmes Table

Preparing for QCTO Skills Programme Accreditation

Becoming accredited to offer QCTO skills programmes involves the following:

1. Align Your QCTO Skills Programmes with Occupational Requirements:

QCTO skills programmes are occupationally directed, meaning they must align with the needs and requirements of specific occupations.

If you want to become accredited, then ensure your programmes meet these occupational standards.

2. QCTO Skills Programmes Focus on Practical Experience:

The programmes must focus on practical, simulation, and/or work experience.

Therefore, the training offered should be hands-on and relevant to the specific job roles.

3. QCTO Skills Programmes Must Increase Employability:

The objective is to make certified learners more likely to secure employment or be more employable.

Thus, those offering QCTO skills programmes must ensure that their training effectively enhances learners’ employability.

4. Different Levels of Training for QCTO Skills Programmes

These QCTO skills programmes can be provided at entry, intermediate, or advanced levels.

Therefore, those seeking accreditation need to have programmes designed for each level.

The training must meet learners at their current skill level and prepare them for the next stage in their careers.

5. Quality Assurance and Accreditation for QCTO Skills Programmes

The provider must adhere to the quality standards set by the QCTO.

To become accredited, the training provider must survive the accreditation process.

This process checks that your programmes meet the required standards and objectives.

6. Compliance and Documentation:

Your documentation, assessment standards, and procedures must comply with standards as outlined by the QCTO.

This will involve meticulous record-keeping and adherence to the guidelines provided.

7. Ongoing Review and Improvement:

Continuous review and improvement are crucial to maintain your accreditation status.

Successful skills development providers regularly review their programmes to ensure they remain market-relevant and effective.

8. Value the Legitimacy and Recognition:

Becoming accredited adds legitimacy and recognition to the training programmes offered.

Learners are more likely to choose accredited programmes, enhancing your institution’s reputation.

9. Cost and Time Investment:

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There is a cost and time investment required to undergo the accreditation process.

If you want a sustainable enterprise then an investment in your accreditation status is worth it.

A non-refundable application fee is payable to the QCTO on submission of the application for accreditation.

The QCTO Accreditation Status and Cancellation

The QCTO accreditation process is comprised of two parts:

  1. Institutional compliance
  2. Programme delivery readiness.

Accreditation is valid for five years from the date on which the QCTO granted accreditation to the SDP.

The QCTO may withdraw your accreditation:

  • If an SDP fails to perform responsibilities as stipulated in the QCTO Accreditation Policy
  • And/or contravenes the provisions stipulated in the accreditation letter or
  • act in a way that is unlawful or unbecoming of an SDP.

How to Apply for QCTO Skills Programme Accreditation

Step 1: QCTO Accreditation Application Form

Step 1 of the accreditation process is the online application.

This must be done through the QCTO website.

Complete the QCTO Skills Programme Accreditation Application Form

All questions must be completed in the 16-page online application form.

The questionnaire and declaration must be completed before you can click submit.

You will not have to upload any documents during the online application.

When you have submitted your application, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt on the screen.

The system currently does not generate a copy of your application.

So keep a record of the information submitted in your online application form.

The QCTO Accreditation Online Form

The link to the application form is found in the section “Evaluation and application processes” on the “For Skills Development Providers (SDPs)” page under the Services tab.

Click here to complete the QCTO Skills Programme form.

Step 2: Desktop Evaluation and QCTO Accreditation Requirements

Document Upload for QCTO Accreditation

Once your online application form has been submitted, it is then processed.

Wait for an email request to upload your supporting documents to the contact person on the application form.

The email will have a link to the platform where the documents must be uploaded.

The desktop evaluation is conducted by the QCTO and verifies that legal requirements are met.

If documents are missing, the QCTO will request further information or reject the application.

However, if all the requirements are met, your application can proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: QCTO Site Visit For Accreditation

This is the last step in the accreditation process where all your application details will be checked during a virtual or physical site visit.

I love this part of the journey because it is the opportunity to craft an onsite experience to reflect your mission.

I help clients curate their information displays and ethically close all evidence gaps.

You will be sent information on the site visit date together with documents that you will need to complete.

These must be sent to the QCTO before the site visit may be conducted.

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Learning Material for QCTO Accreditation

While the QCTO does not prescribe learning material, you must have a full set of learning materials for the qualification that you want to offer.

The material must meet the requirements in the Curriculum document, and evidence of this must be recorded in the Learning Material Matrix that you submitted for the Desktop

If there is a statutory Professional Body for the occupation (e.g. Social Auxiliary Worker, Real Estate Agent, etc.), check with the relevant Professional Body/Council whether you need to get your learning material approved by them.

When designing/buying learning material, it is useful to make sure that:

  • It is pitched at the correct NQF level for the qualification.
  • There is a sufficient volume of content in line with the credit value of the
  • You have a clear programme strategy that takes into account the best
    way to deliver the programme to ensure the learning takes place (for
    example module integration or links between the knowledge, practical,
    and workplace components).
  • You use a variety of resources (e.g. videos, textbooks, articles, etc.) to
    enrich the learning experience.
  • The learner material is understandable for the learners.
  • Your facilitators and SMEs are involved.

The QCTO does not endorse or provide learning material for any qualifications.

Physical Requirements for QCTO Accreditation:

During the site visit, the verifier will check to ensure that you have all the necessary resources to deliver the qualification(s) you have applied for.

This includes:

  1. Sufficient training rooms for face-to-face delivery.
  2. Compliance with Occupational Health and Safety requirements.
  3. If the knowledge and practical components are going to be delivered at different sites, the verifier may ask to view both sites.
  4. You will need Training Inventory Checklists for both the knowledge and practical components that detail the resources for each.
  5. For Trade qualifications, the SDP must also show that they have the required equipment according to the NAMB Equipment List for the Trade.

Institution Management for QCTO Accreditation:

During the site visit, the verifier will also examine the Quality Management System (QMS) in place for managing the institution.

A detailed list of these requirements is listed below in the consolidated accreditation checklist.

It’s crucial that your institution’s policies and procedures accurately reflect your implementation plans, as they are intended to support you during the implementation process.

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The QCTO Accreditation Checklist

Below is the consolidated QCTO Accreditation Criteria Checklist extracted from The Road to Success Guide. (Links are in the reference section at the end of this post.)

QCTO Disclaimer: QCTO Accreditation Process

Please note: These processes may be subject to change and the guide will be updated regularly – please check the QCTO website.

1. Institutional Compliance for QCTO Accreditation:

  1. CIPC registration documents or proof of establishment (PTY, CC, NGO, NPO, Public Institution)
  2. Latest Tax Compliance Status (TCS) – State entities like government schools, departments, universities, TVET, and CET colleges are exempt from this tax compliance requirement.
  3. Proof of financial stability
  4. Valid Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) audit report issued by an authorized person
  5. Proof of premises
  6. Signed Workplace MoU or QCTO Affidavit
  7. Curriculum Vitae (CV) of Facilitators/Assessors and certified copies of ID and Qualification certificates (plus work permits for all foreign personnel)
  8. Signed Employment Contracts or SLAs for each Facilitator, including the job description/responsibilities of the facilitator in relation to the SDP

2. QCTO Skills Programmes Delivery Readiness:

  1. Annexure E (Form 1): Implementation Plan/ Programme Delivery Strategy
  2. Annexure G (Form 2): Learning Material Matrix
  3. Annexure H (Form 3): Learning Matters
  4. Annexure J (Form 4): Signed Declaration
  5. Learning material for all modules aligned with the Curriculum document requirements
  6. Sufficient, qualified staff for all modules as per the requirements in the Curriculum document
  7. Checklist of resources/Training Inventory for the knowledge component
  8. Checklist of resources/Training Inventory for the practical component
  9. Equipment required for the Trade as per the NAMB checklist (Trade qualifications only)
  10. Classrooms/venues with basic amenities such as chairs, tables, chalkboard or whiteboard, sufficient lighting, and ventilation for face-to-face delivery
  11. Facilities where the simulation or practical training for the qualification will be conducted
  12. A learner placement strategy for the workplace component as well as a logbook aligned to the Curriculum document
  13. Career pathway mapped and defined to learners (e.g., career pathway map or diagram for the occupational qualification; vertical and horizontal articulation)
  14. Learner support services, before, during, and after the training intervention
  15. Learner Management Information System (LMIS) that will support Confidentiality and the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPIA) and includes systems for backups and access control (security)

3. Management of the Institution to Meet QCTO Accreditation Requirements:

  1. Institution organogram showing staffing structure
  2. Policies to govern the management of the institution including:
  • Governance and Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Training (Teaching and Learning)
  • Assessment
  • Certification
  • Appeals
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • COVID-19 Policy
  • Refund Policy

For virtual site visits, you must have a reliable network and internet connection. All documents will have to be provided electronically. Your computer should allow the verifier to see the premises (i.e. should have a camera) and the session will be recorded for reference.

Important QCTO References for Accreditation

  • Assessment Policy for Qualifications and Part Qualifications on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF)

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