A batch of at least 60, 000 skilled workers and technicians will be added to the registry of certified workers or ‘specialistas’ as TESDA holds a nationwide skills assessment and certification starting this month.
The second National TVET Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) will be held nationwide on three separate dates starting July 9. TVET trainers and returning overseas Filipino workers are also expected to sit for the competency assessment.
The first assessment schedule is from July 9 to 20 to be conducted in all TESDA training centers and administered schools as well as in the public and private TESDA-accredited assessment centers. This will be followed by two more NATCAC week-long assessments on Aug. 20 to 31 and on Oct. 15 to 26.
The assessment and certifi-cation services under NATCAC are offered free of charge.
When a skilled worker or technician passes the assessment, he is issued either the National Certificate (NC) or Certificate of Competency (CoC) making him a full-fledged TESDA Specialista.
The NC is awarded to those who pass the assessment for a full qualification like Commercial Cooking NC III or Automotive Servicing NC II.
The CoC, on the other hand, is for those who pass only a module or cluster of competencies such Planning and Preparing Food or Performing Shop Maintenance.
Assessment and certification promotes industry acceptance and recognition of the value of certified worker specialists and assures companies of the competencies of their workers.
Certified workers always have an edge in employment over other job applicants who have no evidence of their skills qualifications.
The TESDA-managed national assessment and certification system is an internationally-recognized quality management standard as borne out by the ISO (International Standards Organization) 9001:2008 certification awarded to the agency in February this year.
TESDA received the ISO certification for two of its major programs: TVET program registration and competency assessment and certification.
Competency assessments in seven sectors are available to skilled workers, TVET graduates, and returning OFWs during the NATCAC II implementation.
These are in the fields of Automotive Land Transport, Construction, Information Communications Technology, Tourism, Metals and Engineering, Agriculture and Food Processing, and Heating, Ventilating and Air-conditioning/Refrigeration.
Part of the TESDA program is the training and development of the national corps of trainers and assessors to become holders of the National TVET Tainers Certificate (NTTC), the new competency standard and qualification of those who will teach technical-vocational courses.
Of the 34,007 TESDA trainers nationwide, only 17,803 have NTTC certificates. The biggest numbers of trainers are from the National Capital Region (5,222), Region IV-A (3,291), and Region XI (2,236).
A total of 13,368 workers, students and returning OFWs were certified specialists during the first run of NATCAC on March 28 to April 2 last year. Some 22,273 workers took the first synchronized competency assessment.
Of the 13,368 who got the certification, 294 were returning OFWs; 3,518 workers; 363 OFW dependents; and, 7,386 trainees and students.
The top five regions that had the most number of certified workers were Region VIII with 1,589; Region VII with 1,511, Region IV-A with 1,407; Region XI with 1,215; and, Region I with 934.
Applications for the 2012 NATCAC are filed at any TESDA Regional and Provincial/District Offices and Technical Training Institutes nationwide. For other information on the national competency assessment, applicants may call the TESDA hotline at 887-7777.
NATCAC application forms may also be downloaded from the TESDA website atwww.tesda.gov.ph.
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