TVET Glossary of Terms

This glossary of terms intends to provide the TESDA key players, partners, and stakeholders an online and updated TVET information, concepts, to bring common understanding and clarification on the use of TESDA terminologies.

APPRENTICESHIP training within employment involving a contract between an apprentice and an enterprise on an approved apprenticeable occupation.
Source: (RA 7796/TESDA Law)
APPRENTICESHIP AGREEMENT a contract wherein a prospective employer binds himself to train the apprentice who, in turn, accepts the terms/conditions of training for a recognized apprenticeable occupation emphasizing the rights, duties, and responsibilities of each party.
Source: (RA 7796/TESDA Law)
APPRENTICESHIP CONTRACT an agreement wherein an enterprise binds itself to train the apprentice who in turn accepts the terms of training for the recognized apprenticeable qualifications and emphasizing the rights, duties, and responsibilities of each party.
Source: (Guidelines in the Implementation of Reformed Apprenticeship Program)
ARTICULATION the mechanism by which programs are linked to enable students to progress through levels of qualifications, between providers or sectors. Articulated programs provide multiple entry and exit points and a staircase or ladders of learning opportunities.
Source: (RA No. 10647, IRR of the Ladderized Education Act of 2014)
ASEAN QUALIFICATIONS REFERENCE FRAMEWORK (AQRF) a common reference framework that enables comparisons of education qualifications across participating ASEAN Member States. Engagement in AQRF does not require changes to national qualifications systems (NQS). AQRF respects the specific structures and processes of participating AMS to maintain their responsiveness to national priorities.
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ASIA PACIFIC ACCREDITATION AND CERTIFICATION COMMISSION (APACC) is an accreditation and certification of TVET institutions for higher technical and non-degree technical education, and vocational training in Asia and the Pacific region. It accomplishes its program and activities through a secretariat, APACC accreditors, in-country units headed by NCAs-NABs and TVET institutions in member-countries.
Source: (APACC Manual)
ASIA PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION (APEC) the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum was established in 1989. This Cooperation is based on three pillars: trade and investment liberalization, business facilitation, and economic and technical cooperation. Its membership comprises Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People’s Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States; and Viet Nam. It became the pre-eminent economic forum in the Asia-Pacific region with Its primary purpose is to facilitate economic growth and prosperity in the region, with the vision of creating a seamless regional economy. APEC pursues these objectives through trade and investment liberalization, business facilitation and economic and technical cooperation. APEC aims to strengthen regional economic integration by removing impediments to trade and investment “at the border”, enhancing supply chain connectivity "across the border" and improving the business environment "behind the border"
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ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION a program that aims at assessing and certifying the competencies of the middle-level skilled workers through Philippine TVET Competency Assessment and Certification System
Source: (PTCACS ). (TESDA Quality Manual)
ASSESSMENT CONTEXT the environment or setting in which the assessment activity takes place. This includes physical setting, tools, equipment, materials, facilities, the purpose of assessment and access to support personnel.
Source: (TESDA Circular No. 23, s. 2008 – Implementing Guidelines on PTQCS)
ASSESSMENT FEE as used in TESDA, this term means the amount charged to the examinees/candidates for the administration of competency assessment. It shall be based on the cost of supplies and materials as well as other administrative and technical expenses.
Source: (TESDA Circular No. 23, s. 2008 – Implementing Guidelines on PTQCS)

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