QCTO Changes to Accreditation effective 1st July 2018

qcto changes to accreditation

This week the QCTO (Quality Council for Trade and Occupations) released a much-anticipated update on Circular 1 issued in December 2017.

In this notification the QCTO confirmed that they have recommended to SAQA that all qualifications with an end registration date 30 June 2018 be re-registered for a period of five years.

Some other important points covered:

  1. During the stipulated 5-year period, the QCTO in collaboration with the QAPs (SETAs) will finalise de-registration or re-alignment of Historically Registered Qualifications and skills programmes.
  2. Qualifications which have been re-registered may be de-registered before the end of the 5-year period.
  3. The SETAs (Quality Assurance Partners – QAPs) will remain responsible for the accreditation applications for Skills Programmes and the implementation of Learnerships.
  4. As from 1st July 2018 all new applications to offer Historically Registered Qualifications and/or gazetted trades must be made directly to QCTO.
  5. A letter of intent must be submitted to the QCTO before applying to the QAP (SETA).
  6. The QCTO will acknowledge the letter and advise the Training Provider (Skills Development Provider – SDP) to either follow the QAP (SETA) accreditation process or to apply (through QCTO) for a registered Occupational Qualification which replaces the Historically Registered Qualification.
  7. The QAP (SETA) will complete the accreditation process and will send the outcome and recommendation to the QCTO. The accreditation letter will be issued by QCTO.
  8. The QAP (SETA) will conduct monitoring visits but may be accompanied by a QCTO representative.
  9. FISAs (Final Integrated Summative Assessments) for Historically Registered Qualifications will be phased in with voluntary QAPs (SETAs).
  10. The QAPs (SETAs) will issue certificates for Historically Registered Qualifications after the learner achievements have been quality assured by QCTO.

Read the full notification.

Not sure what all this means?

Got questions and need some further guidance?

Need to understand the implications on your accreditation application?

Contact us or call 087 150 1554 to book a consultation with one of our team.

10 Ways to be an awesome Training Provider – Part 2

10 Ways to be an awesome Training Provider (1)

Following on from our previous article “10 Ways to be an awesome Training Provider – Part 1”, we discuss the remaining 5 ways we believe you can be an awesome Training Provider.

  1. Use the Business Plan and Quality Management System (QMS) received during the accreditation process to compile and roll out an effective Marketing Strategy. What do we mean?  In your Business Plan you committed to marketing your services to a certain target market i.e. client – have you made a list of all the clients you originally thought of training?  Have you asked them if you can come and see how your accredited training could benefit their employees?
  1. Use innovative training methodologies to keep your learners excited about coming to your training. Innovative training methods can give learners a better understanding of the course content, resulting in accelerated adoption in the workplace and more effective results. Positive feedback from learners and tangible results in the workplace will ensure that your clients will continue to use your training services for the rest of the year. What do we mean by innovative training methods?  We find that adult learners get bored with just a learner guide, they want to be entertained…  What about going onto Youtube and finding some great videos on the subject that you are teaching?  Perhaps interactive Power Point slides with sounds and moving elements?
  1. Meet with your Training Committee (Facilitator, Assessor, Moderator and Administrator) on a monthly basis. Use information gathered in the learner, facilitator, assessor and employer feedback forms to critically review and improve your training material and teaching methods. Remember if your facilitators, assessors and moderators are outsourced, they may be a perfect source of business for you. Ask them if they can introduce you to some of their clients that they are facilitating, assessing or moderating for.  Innovation and continuous re-invention should keep you ahead of the pack.
  1. Ensure that you capture all learner results onto a database – when your SETA verifier comes to conduct an evaluation visit on your POEs, they are going to ask you questions such as who, what, when, why and how did you train these learners – please ensure that your database you have can pull the reports and stats that you require.
  1. Make sure your clients sign a booking form, committing to payment terms. Define your payment and refund terms. If you are using outsourced assessors and moderators, ensure that you calculate your costings correctly when preparing a proposal or discretionary grant application. With finances being such an important aspect of your business, you really can’t afford to slip up on this one!

Care to share your thoughts on anything we have discussed in this article with us?

Need assistance with any of these areas?

Drop us a line – we are here to answer any questions you may have.

Training Manager’s Workshop

Training Managers Workshop

Are you the Training Manager of an Accredited Training Company?

Are you a qualified Skills Development Facilitator?

Are you a Training Provider with a team of 5 or 6 staff and been training for 2 or 3 years?

Do you need further guidance on the Training Process?

If you answered yes to more than 1 of the above questions, then this Workshop is for you!

Learn from one of the industry’s most qualified and experienced Moderators – DeWaal Viljoen (PAMSASA).

The Training Manager’s Workshop is designed to:
• Provide an insight into the 4 phases of training
• Identify the activities involved in the training process
• Acknowledge the responsibilities of the Facilitator, Assessor and Moderator
• Develop an understanding of the flow of training

This high intensity, high impact 1-day workshop is open to a limited number of delegates and is booked on a first come, first serve basis.

Times:                08h30-15h30

Catering:            Tea, coffee and muffins/biscuits are provided

Lunch:                Sandwiches provided during break from 12h00-12h30

Cost:                    R2 000 (incl. VAT) per delegate payable in advance to secure your seat

Banking Details:
Jeanine Topping and Associates
Standard Bank, Musgrave
Branch Code 042626
Account No. 252752260

To avoid disappointment, please send your details, together with Proof of Payment, to info@jtanda.co.za

For more information contact us or call us on 087 150 1554