quality

QCTO

Now you can also visit the public discussion on QCTO related topics here.

About the QCTO 

Quality Council for Trades & Occupations

The QCTO is one of the three Quality Councils provided for in the National Qualifications Framework Act (NQF Act No. 67 of 2008).

The QCTO was established under the Skills Development Act as amended in 2008 and became operational on the 1st April 2010 following the publication of Government Gazette No 33059, 1st April 2010

1. Vision

    QCTO vision is to qualify a skilled and capable workforce.

2. Mission

    The QCTO’s mission is to effectively and efficiently manage the occupational qualifications sub-framework in order to set standards, develop and quality assure national occupational qualifications for all who want a trade or occupation and, where appropriate, professions.

3. Values

Innovation and Excellence

    We rise to opportunities and challenges, we continuously learn, we are innovative and we consistently produce work of distinction and fine quality, on time, and in line with our clients’ needs.

Empowerment and Recognition

    • We enable people to make things happen, we encourage and support one another when and where needed, and we celebrate successful accomplishment of work.

 

Respect and Dignity

    We value and show consideration for all the people we work with, treat one another with kindness and thoughtfulness, and embrace inclusivity.

Ethics and Integrity

    We embrace and practice a moral code of trustworthiness, honesty and truthfulness in everything we say and do, and we honour our promises and commitments.

Ownership and Accountability

    We take ownership of our responsibilities and we answer for our decisions and actions.

Authenticity

    We protect the public by issuing authentic, quality qualifications.

Provided by www.trainyoucan.co.za
Now you can also visit the public discussion on QCTO related topics here.

QCTO Code of Conduct for Development Quality Partners (DQP) and Assessment Quality Partners (AQP)

The QCTO Code of Conduct for Development Quality Partners (DQP) and

Assessment Quality Partners (AQP)

We, the undersigned, wish to be appointed by the QCTO as a DQP/AQP. We agree that, if the QCTO delegates such functions to us, we hereby commit ourselves to abide by the QCTO’s Code of Conduct in relation to all our work.

The Code of Conduct to which we agree is as follows:

i.      promoting the objectives of the NQF;

ii.      dealing   fairly,   professionally   and   equitably   with   stakeholders   whilst accelerating the redress of past unfair discrimination;

iii.      consulting  with  all  relevant  stakeholders  that  have  an  interest  in  the development and assessment of occupational qualifications and sharing of best practice;

iv.     executing our responsibilities  and  accountabilities  timeously and  with  due regard to the accountability to our constituents  that we are committed to serve;

v.      seeking at all times to create a positive environment for the development and assessment process and respect the historical diversity of learners’ cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds;

vi.    declaring any conflict of interest that may infringe on the execution of our delegated responsibilities;

vii.    recuse ourselves from any decision-making process which may result in improper personal gain that will impact negatively on the values cherished by the QCTO;

viii.     recognising the public’s rights of access to information, excluding information that is specifically protected by the law;

ix.    acting in a manner that will respect, promote and protect the goodwill and reputation of occupational qualification family;

x.      reporting all relevant information about best practices and irregularities in the development and assessment process of which we become aware.

www.trainyoucan.co.za

Criteria for the approval of an Assessment Quality Partner

The QCTO will appoint an entity as an assessment quality partner only if it is satisfied that the entity has:

i.      The necessary expertise, experience and standing in relation to the occupational qualifications or foundational learning for which the assessment quality partner is appointed; and

ii.      the resources necessary to perform its functions

In terms of clause of the QCTO Delegation Policy, 22 June 2011 the criteria have been defined in detail as follows:

i.     be  recommended  to  the  QCTO  by  the  relevant      DQP  during  the occupational                           development  process at a point  when they submit  an

occupational profile. Possible evidence: letter of recommendation from the DQP; Attendance register; DQP progress report with endorsement of the selected body by constituency to ensure trust and acceptance; extracts from minutes of scoping meeting where the decision took place;

ii.      have access to communities of expert practitioners in the occupation/s concerned;    Possible evidence: Attendance registers; reference to extracts from websites with links to CEPs or any other relevant information such as an indication as to where the AQP will source expertise to design assessments;

iii.    have standing in the occupation or occupations concerned; Possible evidence: cross reference to websites, publications and any other relevant information;

iv.     have access to assessors and other human resources necessary to perform the AQP functions using criteria and guidelines provided by the QCTO. Possible evidence: Database of assessors

v.     have access to a reliable management information system in the format required by the   QCTO; Possible evidence: Organogram or reference to an organisation to whom this function has been outsourced;

vi.     have the financial resources necessary to establish the AQP function and implement effective, efficient and transparent financial management and internal control systems, verified by means of a written commitment by its relevant authority; Possible evidence: evidence that the functions have been catered for in the organisation budget; a letter from the AQP’s relevant authority committing the necessary financial resources to fund the AQP;

vii.    have a proposed fee structure funding model to maintain the delivery of AQP services for    a minimum of five years aligned to the QCTO Fee Structure Policy;

viii.    be willing to sign the QCTO Code of Conduct (Schedule 4) if delegation is approved;

ix.     have  research  capacity  even  if  through  a  third  party  arrangement;

Possible evidence:   cross reference to reports or process of how this criterion will be addressed; and

x.     Proof  that  the  organisation  is  a  juristic  person:  Possible  evidence:

submit a valid tax clearance certificate where appropriate.

Proof must be submitted to demonstrate adherence with the criteria mentioned above.

www.trainyoucan.co.za

Which bodies could become national Assessment Quality Partners

The need to establish an AQP arises from the development of an occupational qualification. A body that has the necessary credibility in the relevant constituency (industry/sector/profession) must be identified to manage External Integrated Summative Assessment by conducting the AQP functions listed above. Depending on their current functions and areas of expertise any of the following existing bodies may  be  appointed  as  Assessment  Quality  Partners  for  specific  occupations  or groups of occupations:

  1. Moderating Bodies
  2. Examining Bodies
  3. Professional Bodies
  4. Legislated Boards
  5. Occupational Associations

Note: If there are no such bodies with a specific interest in the relevant occupation, a

SETA or industry body may also fulfil this role, but not a provider.

www.trainyoucan.co.za

The functions of an Assessment Quality Partner – AQP

  1. An Assessment Quality Partner must, in respect of the qualifications and part qualifications specified in the Service Level Agreement;
  • recommend the external assessment specifications document for approval by the QCTO;
  • recommend the external assessment specifications document for approval by the QCTO;
  • develop and maintain a national data-bank of instruments for external assessments;publish exemplars of external assessments;recommend to the QCTO the accreditation and withdrawal of accreditation of skills development providers for the knowledge and/or practical skills component using criteria and guidelines provided by the QCTO;
  • register assessors and moderators for the external assessments;develop criteria for the accreditation of assessment centres or the approval of assessment sites for external assessments;recommend to the QCTO the accreditation and withdrawal of accreditation of assessment centres;
  • and recommend to the QCTO the accreditation and withdrawal of accreditation of skills development providers for the knowledge and/or practical skills component using criteria and guidelines provided by the QCTO.

 

  1. Coordinate and manage external assessment processes;
  2. Record and upload learner external assessment applications and achievements to the QCTO;
  3. Moderate at least 10% of learner external assessments;
  4. Recommend the certification of learners to the QCTO;
  5. Implement an appeals policy as guided by an assessment policy;
  6. Conduct learner tracer studies;
  7. Promote continuous professional development of AQP associated practitioners;
  8. Report to the QCTO on the performance of its functions in the form and manner required by the QCTO; and
  9. Provide a mechanism for RPL.

www.trainyoucan.co.za

 

QCTO Code of Conduct for Development Quality Partners (DQP) and Assessment Quality Partners (AQP)

The QCTO Code of Conduct for Development Quality Partners (DQP) and

Assessment Quality Partners (AQP)

We, the undersigned, wish to be appointed by the QCTO as a DQP/AQP. We agree that, if the QCTO delegates such functions to us, we hereby commit ourselves to abide by the QCTO’s Code of Conduct in relation to all our work.

The Code of Conduct to which we agree is as follows:

i.      promoting the objectives of the NQF;

ii.      dealing   fairly,   professionally   and   equitably   with   stakeholders   whilst accelerating the redress of past unfair discrimination;

iii.      consulting  with  all  relevant  stakeholders  that  have  an  interest  in  the development and assessment of occupational qualifications and sharing of best practice;

iv.     executing our responsibilities  and  accountabilities  timeously and  with  due regard to the accountability to our constituents  that we are committed to serve;

v.      seeking at all times to create a positive environment for the development and assessment process and respect the historical diversity of learners’ cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds;

vi.    declaring any conflict of interest that may infringe on the execution of our delegated responsibilities;

vii.    recuse ourselves from any decision-making process which may result in improper personal gain that will impact negatively on the values cherished by the QCTO;

viii.     recognising the public’s rights of access to information, excluding information that is specifically protected by the law;

ix.    acting in a manner that will respect, promote and protect the goodwill and reputation of occupational qualification family;

x.      reporting all relevant information about best practices and irregularities in the development and assessment process of which we become aware.

www.trainyoucan.co.za

Criteria for the approval of an Assessment Quality Partner

The QCTO will appoint an entity as an assessment quality partner only if it is satisfied that the entity has:

i.      The necessary expertise, experience and standing in relation to the occupational qualifications or foundational learning for which the assessment quality partner is appointed; and

ii.      the resources necessary to perform its functions

In terms of clause of the QCTO Delegation Policy, 22 June 2011 the criteria have been defined in detail as follows:

i.     be  recommended  to  the  QCTO  by  the  relevant      DQP  during  the occupational                           development  process at a point  when they submit  an

occupational profile. Possible evidence: letter of recommendation from the DQP; Attendance register; DQP progress report with endorsement of the selected body by constituency to ensure trust and acceptance; extracts from minutes of scoping meeting where the decision took place;

ii.      have access to communities of expert practitioners in the occupation/s concerned;    Possible evidence: Attendance registers; reference to extracts from websites with links to CEPs or any other relevant information such as an indication as to where the AQP will source expertise to design assessments;

iii.    have standing in the occupation or occupations concerned; Possible evidence: cross reference to websites, publications and any other relevant information;

iv.     have access to assessors and other human resources necessary to perform the AQP functions using criteria and guidelines provided by the QCTO. Possible evidence: Database of assessors

v.     have access to a reliable management information system in the format required by the   QCTO; Possible evidence: Organogram or reference to an organisation to whom this function has been outsourced;

vi.     have the financial resources necessary to establish the AQP function and implement effective, efficient and transparent financial management and internal control systems, verified by means of a written commitment by its relevant authority; Possible evidence: evidence that the functions have been catered for in the organisation budget; a letter from the AQP’s relevant authority committing the necessary financial resources to fund the AQP;

vii.    have a proposed fee structure funding model to maintain the delivery of AQP services for    a minimum of five years aligned to the QCTO Fee Structure Policy;

viii.    be willing to sign the QCTO Code of Conduct (Schedule 4) if delegation is approved;

ix.     have  research  capacity  even  if  through  a  third  party  arrangement;

Possible evidence:   cross reference to reports or process of how this criterion will be addressed; and

x.     Proof  that  the  organisation  is  a  juristic  person:  Possible  evidence:

submit a valid tax clearance certificate where appropriate.

Proof must be submitted to demonstrate adherence with the criteria mentioned above.

www.trainyoucan.co.za

Which bodies could become national Assessment Quality Partners

The need to establish an AQP arises from the development of an occupational qualification. A body that has the necessary credibility in the relevant constituency (industry/sector/profession) must be identified to manage External Integrated Summative Assessment by conducting the AQP functions listed above. Depending on their current functions and areas of expertise any of the following existing bodies may  be  appointed  as  Assessment  Quality  Partners  for  specific  occupations  or groups of occupations:

  1. Moderating Bodies
  2. Examining Bodies
  3. Professional Bodies
  4. Legislated Boards
  5. Occupational Associations

Note: If there are no such bodies with a specific interest in the relevant occupation, a

SETA or industry body may also fulfil this role, but not a provider.

www.trainyoucan.co.za

The functions of an Assessment Quality Partner – AQP

  1. An Assessment Quality Partner must, in respect of the qualifications and part qualifications specified in the Service Level Agreement;
  • recommend the external assessment specifications document for approval by the QCTO;
  • recommend the external assessment specifications document for approval by the QCTO;
  • develop and maintain a national data-bank of instruments for external assessments;publish exemplars of external assessments;recommend to the QCTO the accreditation and withdrawal of accreditation of skills development providers for the knowledge and/or practical skills component using criteria and guidelines provided by the QCTO;
  • register assessors and moderators for the external assessments;develop criteria for the accreditation of assessment centres or the approval of assessment sites for external assessments;recommend to the QCTO the accreditation and withdrawal of accreditation of assessment centres;
  • and recommend to the QCTO the accreditation and withdrawal of accreditation of skills development providers for the knowledge and/or practical skills component using criteria and guidelines provided by the QCTO.

 

  1. Coordinate and manage external assessment processes;
  2. Record and upload learner external assessment applications and achievements to the QCTO;
  3. Moderate at least 10% of learner external assessments;
  4. Recommend the certification of learners to the QCTO;
  5. Implement an appeals policy as guided by an assessment policy;
  6. Conduct learner tracer studies;
  7. Promote continuous professional development of AQP associated practitioners;
  8. Report to the QCTO on the performance of its functions in the form and manner required by the QCTO; and
  9. Provide a mechanism for RPL.

www.trainyoucan.co.za

 

QCTO Code of Conduct for Development Quality Partners (DQP) and Assessment Quality Partners (AQP)

The QCTO Code of Conduct for Development Quality Partners (DQP) and

Assessment Quality Partners (AQP)

We, the undersigned, wish to be appointed by the QCTO as a DQP/AQP. We agree that, if the QCTO delegates such functions to us, we hereby commit ourselves to abide by the QCTO’s Code of Conduct in relation to all our work.

The Code of Conduct to which we agree is as follows:

i.      promoting the objectives of the NQF;

ii.      dealing   fairly,   professionally   and   equitably   with   stakeholders   whilst accelerating the redress of past unfair discrimination;

iii.      consulting  with  all  relevant  stakeholders  that  have  an  interest  in  the development and assessment of occupational qualifications and sharing of best practice;

iv.     executing our responsibilities  and  accountabilities  timeously and  with  due regard to the accountability to our constituents  that we are committed to serve;

v.      seeking at all times to create a positive environment for the development and assessment process and respect the historical diversity of learners’ cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds;

vi.    declaring any conflict of interest that may infringe on the execution of our delegated responsibilities;

vii.    recuse ourselves from any decision-making process which may result in improper personal gain that will impact negatively on the values cherished by the QCTO;

viii.     recognising the public’s rights of access to information, excluding information that is specifically protected by the law;

ix.    acting in a manner that will respect, promote and protect the goodwill and reputation of occupational qualification family;

x.      reporting all relevant information about best practices and irregularities in the development and assessment process of which we become aware.

www.trainyoucan.co.za

Payment is only due on Invoice (before or on the first day of class that can even be made with the facilitator). Invoices will only be issued after registration/enrolment. We also offer payment plans for individuals and 30 day accounts for corporate bookings.