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Urgent Notice QCTO Circular 2 of 2017 for Training Providers

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    Lynel Farrell
    Keymaster

    QCTO Circular 2 of 2017

    With regard to the above Circular, training providers (SDP’s) need to take note of the following, relative to the points on the Circular:

    1. This is an ETQA (QAP) responsibility and has no bearing on training providers (SDP’S).
    2. ETQA’s (QAP’s) will not be accrediting any provider for single unit standards or skills programmes as of 31 March 2018. Effectively this means that if any training provider wishes to be accredited for any unit standard or skills programme, whether new accreditation or extension of scope, it must be done by 31 March 2018. Points to consider regarding this are:

    • While this date is just under 6 months away, it must be remembered that December/January are virtually non-active months for ETQA’s (QAP’s), which leaves less than four months to attain any accreditations/extension of scope on single unit standards or skills programmes.
    • For TETA LMO training providers, it is suggested that any intention to get accreditation/extension of scope needs to be done as soon as possible, as there are probably only two accreditation committee meeting dates between now and 31 March 2018 for which you may still receive unit standard accreditation.
    • That all current accreditations will be valid until the “last date for achievement” which in most cases is 30 June 2022.

    3. After 31 March 2018, new Accreditation for full qualifications will only be carried out by ETQA’s (QAP’s) if there is not a QCTO registered Occupational Qualification available. Where a Registered Occupational Qualification is available, training providers (SDP’s) are required to be accredited by QCTO. Points to consider regarding this are:

    • It appears for existing accreditation, this will come in to effect once your existing accreditation expires.
    • For any new accreditations/extension of scope after 31 March 2018, you will need to check whether QCTO has a new or related registered Occupational Occupation for the intended application to ascertain whether to apply to an ETQA (QAP) or QCTO. Your ETQA Practitioner should be able to guide you regarding this, or you can check on http://www.qcto.org.za/index.php/registered-qualifications .

    4. For any accreditations currently in operation, if you have not had any learners on any qualification, skills programme or unit standard over the last two years, you will be de-accredited for those qualifications, skills programmes or unit standards. Points to consider regarding this are:

    • It would appear that many providers have been awarded accreditation for full qualifications and all individual unit standards which populate those full qualifications, yet only a few of these unit standards are actually used. De-accrediting providers for unused qualifications, skills programmes or unit standards will simplify databases.
    The implications of this Circular are that training providers (SDP’s) have a limited time to address any intentions of seeking accreditation/extension of scope under the ETQA (QAP) system, particularly regarding skills programmes and unit standards. The good news is that any accreditations currently in effect or to be attained by 31 March 2018, will be valid until 30 June 2022 (or any other date as per the “Last date for Achievement” listed on the qualification, skills programme or unit standard). This should give providers sufficient time to run out the existing system and prepare for conversion to the QCTO Occupational Qualifications.

    It is recommended that all training providers (SDP’s) address any intended accreditations/extension of scope as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of missing out as a result of this Circular. Should you have any queries regarding intended accreditations/extension of scope, please feel free to contact us. We are able to assist with elements of your applications, such as learning materials and can give the necessary guidance where possible.

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    #63577
    Lynel Farrell
    Keymaster

    Herewith our comments, should you want to print the information

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    #63579
    Janelle Gravett
    Participant

    Hi Lynel – thanks for this.
    Where can I get a copy of the full document please? Cant find it on QCTO website!
    Janelle

    #63580
    Lynel Farrell
    Keymaster

    Hi Janelle,
    We have been informed by one of our clients, that the attached Circular was sent out Friday from one SETA. The rest of the SETAs should be following the same process soon. We just felt that by sharing this immediately will give providers a fair chance. Some of the communication is not going out quick enough. I have attached the circular that was sent out as an attachment (highlighted as is) to providers. This circular have not been posted on any of the websites as yet.

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    #63584
    Janelle Gravett
    Participant

    Thanks Lynel – this is going to impact quite a bit on some work I am currently doing, so was hoping for the full document! No prob – will keep a look out for it!

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