What is The QCTO Mandate Now?

The QCTO Mandate. A brief outline of the legislation shaping QCTO responsibilities. What does the QCTO do for us?

The QCTO Mandate. A brief outline of the legislation shaping QCTO responsibilities. What does the QCTO do for us?

What the QCTO Does: The QCTO Mandate

The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations oversees the design, development, and implementation of occupational qualifications, including apprenticeships and learnerships.

Understanding the QCTO mandate is essential for training providers seeking accreditation.

Because the QCTO mandate sets the standards for skills development and quality assurance.

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What Does the QCTO Mean?

The QCTO refers to the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations in South Africa.

Any organisations that want to offer work-related (occupational) training must be accredited with the QCTO.

How does QCTO ensure quality in qualifications?

The QCTO ensures quality in 3 ways:

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Key Legislation Informing the QCTO Mandate

1. The Skills Development Act (SDA) and The QCTO Mandate

The Skills Development Act (SDA), in Chapter 6C (Sections 26F – J), stipulates that the QCTO must:

  • Advise the Minister on all matters of policy concerning occupational standards and qualifications.
  • Perform its functions in terms of the Skills Development Act and the National Qualifications Framework Act.
  • Subject to any policy issued:
    • Design and develop occupational standards and qualifications
    • Submit qualifications to the South African Qualifications Authority for registration on the National Qualifications Framework;
    • Establish and maintain occupational standards and qualifications;
    • Ensure the quality of occupational standards and qualifications and learning in and for the workplace;
    • Promote the objectives of the National Qualifications Framework;
    • Liaise with the National Skills Authority on the suitability and adequacy of occupational standards and qualifications and on the quality of learning in and for the workplace; and
    • Perform any other prescribed function.

Funding for QCTO From the SETAs

The Government Gazette No. 34932 R202 (5) states how SETAs fund the QCTO.

… monthly from 1 October 2012 transfer as part of its administration costs as contemplated in sub-regulation (1) and approved in the annual SETA strategic plan, a max of 0,5% of the total levy received by the SETA to QCTO for quality assurance functions as contemplated in section 26H of the Act

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2. QCTO Occupational Sub-Framework Policy

The revised Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework [OQSF] Policy.

This replaces the published OQSF dated 17 July 2014 in Gazette No. 37879.

3. The Determination of Sub-Frameworks

Government Gazette published on 24 December 2020 about the National Qualifications Framework’s Sub-frameworks (Gazette No.44 031).

4. The QCTO Mandate and the White Paper for Post-School Education and Training

The White Paper for Post-School Education and Training launched on 16 January 2014 by the Minister.

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The QCTO contributes to the following aspects of the White Paper for Post-School Education and Training:

  • Relationship between education and training institutions, and the workplace is strengthened through the model of qualification design that defines workplace  activities;
  • Strengthening and expansion of  TVET College system;
  • Review and rationalise occupational qualifications;
  • Improve quality assurance processes and standardise  these  across  the  Post-School  education and  training  system;  and
  • Continue to standardise qualification development.

5. The NQF Act Reinforces the QCTO Mandate

The QCTO must develop and manage the occupational sub-framework, make recommendations and advise the Minister on matters relating to its sub-framework.

The QCTO mandate is met through the following:

  • Ensuring that level descriptors are current and appropriate;
  • Developing and recommending qualifications to SAQA for registration;
  • Implementing and developing a quality assurance policy for registered qualifications;
  • Maintaining a database of learner achievements that is sent to SAQA for recording on the National Learner Records Database (NLRD);
  • Conducting, commissioning and publishing research; and
  • Sharing occupational sub-framework information with the public.
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The QCTO Mandate: Service Delivery

In addition to the duties described above, the following is a list of additional QCTO responsibilities:

  • responsible for quality assurance and reconstruction of qualifications offered by TVET Colleges.
  • manage the unit standards-based qualifications,
  • registration of qualifications and the expiry or replacement of historically registered (unit standards-based, provider-based, etc) qualifications
    bottlenecks experienced regarding registration of qualifications have decreased.
  • Focus on planning to speed up the qualifications development process as well as the realignment of historically registered qualifications.
    has developed almost a third of the priority qualifications from the listed trades.
  • All national trade qualifications internationally comparable.
  • QCTO moving forward with replacement of qualifications and expect a significant reduction of historically registered qualifications as the new occupational qualifications gain prominence.

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Compliance with the QCTO mandate ensures that training providers align with national qualifications frameworks and industry requirements.

Skills development providers must demonstrate alignment to the QCTO mandate through comprehensive documentation and evidence of competency-based training methodologies.

More information about QCTO Qualifications

QCTO Qualifications Available at SETAs

You must take a look at the new occupational certificates! There are amazing short courses or skills programmes that are now certified.

We think the QCTO skills programmes are the most innovative aspect and love that they are now recognised occupational certificates.

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QCTO Accreditation Services: Align to the QCTO Mandate

View compliance with the QCTO mandate as an opportunity to enhance the quality and impact of your training programs, rather than just a regulatory requirement.

QCTO Accreditation: Your Path to Compliance and Excellence

Empower Your Organization with QCTO Accreditation

Is staying compliant your big stress?

The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) sets the standards for skills development and quality assurance in occupational training.

Is your organization aligned with the QCTO mandate?

Our QCTO accreditation services are here to guide you through the process, ensuring not only compliance but also excellence in skills development and training.

The QCTO mandate encourages collaboration between training providers, industry stakeholders, and regulatory bodies to enhance the quality and effectiveness of skills development initiatives.

That’s why we coach you to build the relationship with the QCTO and your SETA.

Why QCTO Accreditation Matters

QCTO accreditation is a regulatory requirement.

The occupational training accreditation is a testament to your organization’s commitment to quality and competency.

By achieving QCTO accreditation, you demonstrate to stakeholders, clients, and employees that you adhere to the highest standards in skills development and training.

Moreover, it opens up new opportunities for funding, partnerships, and growth, especially with the QCTO.

Our Comprehensive Accreditation Approach to Align to the QCTO Mandate

At 7Sundays we understand the complexities of QCTO accreditation and the challenges organizations face.

That’s why we offer a comprehensive suite of services tailored to your unique needs:

1. Gap Analysis and Readiness Assessment:

We conduct a thorough assessment of your current practices, policies, and procedures to identify gaps and areas for strengthening.

2. Customized Training and Development:

Based on the gap analysis, we design customized training programs to upskill your team and ensure compliance with QCTO standards.

3. Documentation and Compliance Support:

We assist you in preparing all necessary documentation, from quality management systems to training materials, ensuring compliance with QCTO requirements.

4. Facilitation of Accreditation Process:

Our experts guide you through the accreditation process, providing support at every step to streamline the journey and minimize disruptions to your operations.

5. Continuous Improvement Strategies:

QCTO accreditation requires a commitment to continuous improvement or you may struggle to maintain your status.

We help you implement strategies to monitor performance, gather feedback, and adapt to evolving requirements.

Benefits of Partnering with 7Sundays

1. Expert QCTO Accreditation and Extension of Scope Guidance:

Our team comprises experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of QCTO accreditation standards and processes.

2. Market Analysis for Competitive Edge

We conduct an in depth analysis of your rivals.

We go beyond what you see on their websites and strategise to outsmart them.

This particular service makes us superior in the accreditation services market.

It is our unique edge for clients, which is also why we rarely reveal who they are.

Without doing anything illegal, we know how to tap into hidden, complex market information.

3. Time and Cost Efficiency:

By outsourcing your accreditation needs to us, you can save time, resources, and unnecessary expenses associated with navigating the process independently.

We integrate our services with your organisation by working closely with at least one member of your team.

They are kept abreast of processes and coached to engage with the QCTO and SETA.

In this way, our services are structured to prepare organisations for efficient and effective operations the same day they receive their accreditation certificate.

7Sundays regularly has clients who are accredited but don’t know how to operate.

This is usually because they failed to participate in their accreditation process.

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4. Peace of Mind QCTO and SETA Accreditation

With our support, you can rest assured that your organization is in full compliance with the QCTO mandate.

Don’t Wait. Elevate Now!

QCTO accreditation is a strategic advantage.

Partner with 7Sundays] to unlock the full potential of your organization and embark on a journey towards excellence in skills development and training.

Contact Leonie today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards QCTO accreditation success!

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