Useful QCTO Nomenclature: Training Terms List

QCTO nomenclature refers to the classification system used by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations to categorize qualifications and skills programs.

Common QCTO Training Terms. Use this quick reference guide to common terms used by the QCTO so you understand what they mean.

Useful QCTO Nomenclature: Training Terms List

QCTO nomenclature refers to the classification system used by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations to categorize qualifications and skills programs, ensuring alignment with industry standards and regulatory requirements.

What QCTO Nomenclature Achieves

“Nomenclature” refers to a system of naming or classifying things.

It involves assigning names or labels to concepts, objects, or entities to organize and categorize them effectively.

So in the context of the QCTO, nomenclature refers to the naming and classification system used for qualifications and skills programs.

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QCTO Nomenclature: Common QCTO Terms Defined

QCTO means the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations.

The QCTO was established in terms of section 26G of the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No. 97 of 1998).

Accredited skills providers adhere to QCTO nomenclature guidelines to ensure clarity and consistency in their offerings.

The QCTO nomenclature also facilitates communication and collaboration among stakeholders, including providers, employers, and regulatory bodies.

QCTO nomenclature evolves to reflect changes in industry needs and emerging skill requirements, keeping qualifications relevant and up-to-date.

Accreditation

The certification, usually for a particular period, of a person, a body or an institution having the capacity to fulfil a particular function in the quality assurance system.

The QCTO certification means having the capacity to fulfil a particular function in the quality assurance system set up by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).

Accredited skills providers undergo rigorous assessment to ensure their programs meet QCTO nomenclature standards and contribute to skills development.

Administrative Errors

Means irregularities that are of a technical nature, where the student or an assessment official unintentionally fails to follow the prescribed administrative procedures.

Assessment

The process of collecting evidence of learners’ work to measure and make judgements about the competence or noncompetence of specified NQF-registered occupational
qualifications and part qualifications.

Read the Policy on Delegation of Qualification Assessment to Assessment Quality Partners (AQPs)

Assessment Centre

A centre accredited by the QCTO for the purpose of conducting external integrated summative assessments for specified NQF-registered occupational qualifications and part qualifications.

Assessment Process

Includes the total process of assessment that commences once the candidate has satisfied and met the assessment criteria for writing an external integrated summative assessment including passing the knowledge, practical and workplace components.

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Assessment Quality Partner (AQP)

A body delegated by the QCTO to manage and coordinate the external integrated summative assessments of specified NQF-registered occupational qualifications and part qualifications.

Assessment Site

Any site selected as suitable and approved by the relevant AQP to conduct the external integrated summative assessments for specified registered occupational qualifications and part qualifications, where the specific assessment specifications do not require the use of an accredited assessment centre.

Assessment specialist

This person is appointed by the relevant AQP.

They meet the established criteria to conduct, develop and/or moderate external integrated summative assessments for NQF-registered occupational qualifications and part qualifications.

Applied competence

The ability to put into practice in the relevant context the learning outcomes acquired in obtaining an occupational qualification or part qualification.

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Candidate

A person whose performance is being assessed by the relevant AQP at an accredited assessment centre or approved workplace.

Community of Expert Practitioners (CEP)

This is a group of people qualified in the relevant occupation with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in that particular occupation or are recognised by the practitioners of the occupation as experts.

Development Quality Partner (DQP)

The DQP is a body delegated by the QCTO to manage the process of developing specific occupational qualifications, curricula and assessment specifications

  • DHET means the Department of Higher Education and Training

External integrated summative assessment

An assessment managed by a body appointed by the QCTO, using nationally developed assessment instruments at end of sections of learning or the end of the whole learning process to facilitate demonstration of both theory and practical competence in achieving the outcomes of the occupational qualification or part qualification.

  • FET Further Education and Training
  • FLC Foundational Learning Competence
  • FLC Coms or FC Foundational Learning Competence Communications
  • FLC ML or FML Foundational Learning Competence Mathematical Literacy

Formative Assessment

On-going assessments, reviews, and observations which would be a range of formal and informal assessment procedures applied during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities and to improve learners’ attainment;

Internal assessment

Internal assessment refers to the assessment (formative assessment) conducted by a
provider during the course of learning to re-inforce learning and support the learner.

It also refers to internal self-evaluations done by the provider to monitor its general performance on the training delivery and formative assessments

Invigilator

Means any person appointed to manage the conduct of an assessment.

Irregularity

Means any event, act or omission and any alleged event, which may undermine the integrity, credibility, security, or the fairness of the assessment process.

Learner

A learner is a person undergoing education and training at an accredited Skills Development Provider (SDP)

  • Learner Qualifications Development Facilitator (Learner QDF) means a qualifications development facilitator in training.
  • LOLT Language of learning and teaching

Moderation

The process managed by the AQP which ensures that the assessment of the learning outcomes described in the NQF occupational standards, qualifications and part qualifications is fair, valid, reliable and unbiased.

Moderator

A person who has been appointed by the relevant AQP in accordance with established criteria to ensure that the assessment process and procedure is fair, valid, reliable and unbiased.

Monitoring

A continuous process of the review of quality that can be conducted internally and/or externally to recommend quality improvements.

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National Artisan Moderating Body (NAMB)

The body established as per section 26A of the Skills Development Act (Act 97 of 1998).

  • NLRD National Learners’ Records Database
  • NQF National Qualifications Framework
  • NSC National Senior Certificate

National Learners Records’ Database

The electronic management information system of the NQF, which contains records of qualifications, learner achievements, recognised professional bodies, professional designations and all related information such as registration and accreditations..

Occupational curriculum

Occupational curriculum is derived from the occupational profile and is the
purposeful combination of conceptual, practical and work experience knowledge and skills in order to achieve a certain occupational qualification.

Providers must accurately label their offerings according to QCTO nomenclature to avoid confusion and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.

Occupational qualification

A qualification associated with a trade, occupation or profession, resulting from work-based learning, developed and quality assured under the auspices of the QCTO and consisting of the knowledge, practical skills and work experience standards and requires an external summative assessment.

Accredited skills providers play a vital role in offering QCTO-approved qualifications and skills programs aligned with industry standards.

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Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF)

The OQSF is the sub-framework for registering occupational qualifications.

This sub-framework forms part of a single integrated NQF system as contemplated in Chapter 2 of the NQF Act, 2008 (Act No. 67 of 2008).

Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO)

The OFO is a skill-based, coded classification system, that aims to encompass all occupations in South Africa.

It’s used as a tool to collect, analyse and report on occupational information.

Part qualification

This is an assessed unit of learning that is registered on the NQF as a part qualification

Qualification Development Facilitator (QDF)

The QDF is registered by the QCTO to facilitate the development of occupational qualifications

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the Recognition of Prior Learning.

The comparison of the previous learning and experience, howsoever obtained, against the learning outcomes required for a specified qualification and the acceptance for the purpose of qualification of that which meets the requirements.

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  • SAQA means the South African Qualifications Authority contemplated in Chapter 4 of the NQF Act, 2008 (Act No. 67 of 2008)
  • SDA means the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No. 97 of 1998)
  • SETA means a Sector Education Training Authority established in terms of section 9 of the SDA, 1998
  • SLA means Service Level Agreement.

Summative assessment

A component of the assessment process and refers to the culmination of the summative process when learners are subjected to a final sitting at the end of the learning cycle.

Verification

The process managed by the relevant body for externally verifying (checking) the authenticity of processes to confirm or overturn the findings.

Read the QCTO Verification Policy for trades and occupational qualifications.

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Align to QCTO Nomenclature for Smoothe Accreditation

By aligning with QCTO nomenclature, skills providers contribute to the overall quality and effectiveness of the national skills development landscape.

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