Please find attached a detailed notification letter issued on the 21 June 2018 by the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations (QCTO ) providing an update on Circular 1 which had been issued in December 2017.
In this notification letter the QCTO confirm that recommendations have been submitted to SAQA requesting that all qualifications with an end registration date of 30 June 2018 be re-registered for a period of five years.
Additional important points covered are:
- During the stipulated 5-year period, the QCTO in collaboration with the Quality Assurance Partners – (QAPs) SETAs will finalise de-registration or re-alignment of Historically Registered Qualifications and skills programmes.
- Qualifications which have been re-registered may be de-registered before the end of the 5-year period.
- The SETAs (Quality Assurance Partners – QAPs) will remain responsible for the accreditation applications for Skills Programmes and the implementation of Learnerships.
- Effective 1 July 2018 all new applications to register Historically Registered Qualifications and/or gazetted trades must be made directly to QCTO.
- A letter of intent must be submitted to the QCTO before applying to the QAP (SETA).
- 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.
- 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.
- The QAP (SETA) will conduct monitoring visits but may be accompanied by a QCTO representative.
- FISAs (Final Integrated Summative Assessments) for Historically Registered Qualifications will be phased in with voluntary QAPs (SETAs).
- The QAPs (SETAs) will issue certificates for Historically Registered Qualifications after the learner achievements have been quality assured by QCTO.