What is The QCTO Mandate?

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 Does the QCTO Do?: QCTO Mandate

The NQF Act specifies that the QCTO should:

  • Develop and manage its sub-framework, make recommendations and advise the Minister on matters relating to its sub-framework;
    • Consider and agree on level descriptors ensuring that they remain current and appropriate;
    • Develop and recommend qualifications to SAQA for registration;
    • Develop and implement quality assurance policy for registered qualifications;
    Maintain a database of learner achievements and submit learners achievement data to SAQA for recording on the National Learner Records Database (NLRD);
    • Conduct or commission and publish research; and
    • Inform the public about its sub-framework

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.

The QCTO Mandate and the White Paper

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.

Four Key Documents Impact on QCTO Operations

  1. The Government Gazette No. 34932 R202 (5) which makes provision for SETAs to: “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;”
  2. Government Gazette published August 2013 on Amendments to the Determination of the National Qualifications Framework’s Sub-frameworks (Gazette No.36 803 published on 30 August 2013);
  3. White Paper for Post-School Education and Training launched on 16 January 2014 by the Minister.
  4. The publication of the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework policy document in July 2014.

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 replacing of historically registered (unit standards based, provider-based etc) qualifications
    bottle necks experienced regarding registration of qualfications have decreased.
  • Focus on plan 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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