TAGBILARAN CITY, June 8 (PIA)--For the first time in years, the country's government technical vocational skills training authority is giving out free competency assessment and certification of its trained workers, and authorities urge trained workers to grab the opportunity.
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) information officer Marichu Cua issued the call over at Kapihan sa PIA, which was earlier recorded but airs at DyTR AM Thursday.
We are offering free assessments until the end of the year, for the first time this year, Cua bared.
The free assessments were not year-round then, sometimes it is [offered] once or twice a year, never like this, she added.
Cua, who also incidentally sits as administrative assistant to the Bilar Provincial Training Center and the Provincial TESDA Center, added that a free competency assessment is usually offered on a twice a year, this time, it is free.
According to Cua, competency assessment is the process of collecting evidence and making judgments on a trained workers' competency with the skills he was trained for, by assessing on his individual's skills, knowledge, attitude and work values relative to a national system of training regulations devised for this.
This year's assessment, which is still done through an assessor's observation as the trained worker demonstrates, answers and passes through oral questions, scale the written tests, get past personal interviews, earns credits from third party reports and his submission of completed work portfolio is totally free, Cua said.
In the usual TESDA competency assessments, centers demand fees for the usual materials and supplies needed in the test while a pegged assessor's fees is also collected.
The fees can go as low as P150, to P700 or as high as P1,300 for certain courses, data from the TESDA website shows.
The website also says TESDA pursues assessment and certification of the competencies of the middle-level skilled workers through Philippine TVET Competency Assessment and Certification System (PTCACS).
The assessment process seeks to determine whether the graduate or worker can perform to the standards expected in the workplace based on the defined competency standards.
Certification is provided to those who meets the competency standards. This ensures the productivity, quality and global competitiveness of the middle-level workers.
TESDA also keeps a Registry of Certified Workers, which provides information on the pool of certified workers for certain occupations nationwide.
Other than that, TESDA also keeps accredited assessment centers as well as the competency assessors who conduct competency assessment process for persons applying for certification.
In Bohol, aside from the 5 Provincial training Centers located in Tubigon, Inabanga, Bilar, Pilar and Jagna, some of Bohol's 49 technical vocational educational training providers also provide the free assessment, according to Cua.(rac/PIA-7/Bohol)