There has been a lot in the news lately about the QCTO - the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations. 

The QCTO is a Quality Council that falls under the Department of Higher Education and Training. 

The QCTO is responsible for the quality assurance of qualifications that are registered on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework (OQSF) of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). That is qualifications that relate to the world of work - mainly occupations and trades, but also may be professional qualifications. 

There are three Quality Councils: 

  • The HE QC - the Higher Education Quality Council, which falls under the responsibilities of the Council on Higher Education (CHE);
  • UMALUSI - the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training; and
  • The QCTO - the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations. 
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Skills Development Providers and practitioners have now had the time to read and digest the content - and importantly the implications of the content - following publication of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Directive setting out the process for the pre-2009 (legacy) qualification transition to occupational qualification format.



The Department of Higher Education and Training has finally gazetted the long-anticipated Directive confirming the transitional arrangements for pre-2009 qualifications to be replaced by qualifications in the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) occupational qualification format. Please see the document attached.  

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QCTO conversion of Legacy Skills Programmes into Occupational Skills Programmes

The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)  is responsible for the development of occupational qualifications, which are submitted to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for registration on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The 21 Sector Education & Training Authorities (SETAs) work with the QCTO, providing sector specific input to required qualifications, part qualifications, and skills programmes.

The Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO) has commissioned Vulindlela Human Resource Technology to conduct a survey - requesting Skills Development Providers to contribute their experience of the QCTO services. 

Now this is the time to contribute - what is it that QCTO are doing right/wrong, what do you require, how should the QCTO be positioned for the future?

We often hear complaints about slow service, but if you don't take the time to participate, then your complaint loses credibility. 

Urgent notice:

The virtual workshop is for skills development and training providers, who want to offer occupational qualifications, but are unsure about the accreditation process.

The time of the meeting on 11 August 2023 in the original logo published - has changed,

and the virtual workshop will now be  from 12h00 to 14h00.

To join the QCTO Virtual Workshop - double click on the title of this post to open the full post and click on the URL link provided:


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