Tesda to hold 1st assessment, certification week

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) will hold the first technical vocational education and training (TVET) National Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) Week that is expected to benefit some 60,000 skilled workers, trainers, TVET graduates and graduating students.

The first assessment will be held from March 28 to April 1 in all Tesda centers and administered schools nationwide, including Negros Occidental.

The assessment and certification are free of charge.


Tesda director-general Joel Villanueva said that if the students are able to hurdle all the required competencies, they will be given a national certificate which they can use in applying for jobs in fields that are highly in demand and good-paying.

“One of the synchronized assessment's primary objectives is to increase the number of certified Filipino workers and TVET graduates so they can be qualified for good jobs,” Villanueva said.

“We also want to strengthen the scale and popularity of the assessment program and undertake an advocacy to raise people’s awareness about it,” Villanueva said in a statement, adding that the NATCAC is a simultaneous conduct of competency assessment and certification in identified key qualifications that are hard to find but with high industry demand.

“It will be a week-long activity wherein assessment and certification will be offered for free at the regional and provincial levels funded by the Training for Work Scholarship Program of Tesda,” he said.

The assessment is available to skilled workers, TVET graduates and graduating students of registered programs in the following courses: construction, including electrical installation and maintenance NC III, electrical installation and maintenance NC II, masonry NC III, plumbing NC II, carpentry NC III, SMAW NC III, SMAW NC II and construction painting NC III; ICT involving visual graphics NC III, 2D animation NC III, 3D animation NC III, programming NC IV and computer hardware servicing NC II; and electronics, including mechatronics NC III, instrumentation NC III and consumer electronics servicing III.

Assessment will also be available in courses in tourism, including food and beverage services NC II and III, commercial cooking NC II, bread and pastry-making NC II, housekeeping NC III, housekeeping NC II and events management services NC III as well as automotive and land transport like automotive servicing NC II and III and driving NC III.

The March 28 to April 1 NATCAC Week is only the first of three batches that Tesda plans to conduct this year. The next two batches are tentatively scheduled on June 27 to July 1 and August 22 to 26, 2011.

The Tesda provincial and district offices are in charge of the processing of the application and will be the one to inform the applicant of his/her assessment schedule.

During pre-assessment activities, the regional offices will select from the identified qualifications and the list of qualifications to be offered during the assessment week based on the market demand per region.

The NATCAC committee will monitor the conduct of assessment activities during the assessment week. (CGC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 23, 2011.


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