Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework Policy (OQSF) gazetted


By sylviahammond, 12 November, 2021

Is there a difference between Learner registration and Learner enrolment?
That is Karen Deller's question.

This topic now runs to 3 pages, please make sure to click the little numbers at bottom of the first page of posts - right hand side - to locate Karen's post quickly, click on the 3. Otherwise just read your way through the whole discussion - very interesting, and with highly knowledgeable members commenting.

Weekend reading - a gazette of importance to all skills-universe members.

The Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) has finally gazetted the revised Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework (OQSF). This replaces all other publications on the previous sub-framework.

Well worth reading.
Some items that caught my attention in the Glossary (definitions):
application - includes simulated work experience,
cognate - fancy way of saying similar or related,
credit matrix,
entry requirements, and
the difference between EISA & FISA.
The definitions of Learning Programme and Lifelong Learning,
Occupational qualifications and Occupational standards.
Parity of Esteem and Recognition of Prior Learning
Skills development provider (as opposed to training provider)
Trade, and
Workplace-based learning.

Section 5 on how occupational qualifications are made up, the 9 levels of occupational qualifications, then part-qualifications & skills programmes.

The minimum duration of a skills programme is 2 weeks.
5.9.2 reference: "the skills programme document". ???
& must have a link to at least 2 quals/part quals.

What will happen to all the existing skills programmes that don't meet those requirements?
The OQSF provides for:
5.13.3 Part-qualifications that represent sets of employable skills as well as a mechanism for the recognition and credentialing of skills within the informal economy.

13 Work experience learning.
16 Skills development provider accreditation.

22 & 23 Dates. This policy came into effect on the date of publication - that is: 29th October 2021 - who knew?

Read all the sections of s23 on dates, end dates, last dates for enrollment, and completion, including
23.5 All qualifications registered on the OQSF must be aligned by 30 June 2023.
Pages 26 - 34 provide examples of qualifications of the different types.
Lots of weekend reading.