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.

COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT refers to a process of collecting evidence and making judgments whether competency has been achieved. The purpose of assessment is to confirm that an individual can perform to the standards expected at the workplace as expressed in the competency standards defined in TR. The assessment process is based on evidence or information gathered to prove possession of competencies. The process may be applied to an employable unit or units of competency in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the national qualification. The competency assessment leads to the issuance of a National Certificate (NC) or a Certificate of Competency (CoC).
Source: (TESDA Circular No. 7 s. 2016)

contains both the instructions and the instrument, i.e., Rating Sheet for gathering and interpreting evidence developed from the selected assessment method(s) to be used for assessment. For example, if the evidence gathering method is demonstration followed by a, brief interview, then the CAT must consist of:

  • instructions identifying the activities to be undertaken by the candidate, the key points to be observed/evidence requirements and the performance issues to be considered by the assessor, and
  • a proforma which includes a checklist for the key observation points and performance standards, and a series of questions on underpinning knowledge for the interview.

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COMPETENCY STANDARD defines the knowledge, skills and attitudes/values required for competent performance in the workplace.
Source: (TESDA Circular No. 15, s. 2015)
COMPETENCY-BASED CURRICULUM refers to the specifications for a program or module, which describes all the learning experiences a learner undergoes. It generally includes learning outcomes, contents, conditions, methodologies, and assessment methods. It specifies outcomes, which are consistent with the requirements of the workplace as defined in the TRs or based on industry or community consultations and/or supported by a demand or employability study for NTR.
Source: (TESDA Circular No. 7 s. 2016)
COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING refers to a system by which the learner acquires a competency or a qualification based on demonstrated ability rather than on the time spent on training.
Source: (TESDA Circular No. 7 s. 2016)
  • a systematic and documented process for obtaining evidence to determine whether implementation of the Philippine TVET Qualification and Certification System (PTQCS) is compliant to quality standards. (TESDA Circular No. 15 s. 2015)
  • refers to a process to check compliance of whether a training institution is continuously complying with UTPRAS requirements and guidelines for its registered TVET program/s. 

Source: (Operating Procedures for Compliance Audit)
COMPUTER-BASED TRAINING an educational method in which a computer is the primary medium for instruction and learning.
Source: (Ministry of Labour 2005, Jordan)
CONTAINMENT POLICY as used in TESDA, it refers to the policy that does not allow a technical vocational institution to partner with establishments outside their area of jurisdiction.
Source: (TESDA Circular No. 31 s. 2012)
CONTINUING LEARNING (OR LIFELONG LEARNING) job-related Continuing Learning or Lifelong Learning is the process in which different craftsmen and adults take part to acquire and / or learn new awareness, knowledge, skills or attitude competencies throughout life via all organized, systematic education, training, work and general life experiences in order to improve their opportunities for advancement and promotion. Continuing Learning or Lifelong Learning programs are educational programs usually offered to adults as part-time or short courses in professional fields, personal, academic or occupational subject areas to update and improve occupational skills.
Source: (Wahba 2013l)
CORRECTIVE ACTION refers to a step that is taken to remove the cause of an existing non-conformity or undesirable situation. The corrective action process is designed to prevent the recurrence of non-conformity or undesirable situation by eliminating cause/s. lt tries to make sure that existing non-conformity and situation does not happen again. Corrective action addresses actual problems. Because of this, the corrective action process can be thought of as a problem-solving process.
Source: (Operating Procedures for Compliance Audit)

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