The Competency-Based Training (CBT) program is an approach to vocational education and training that places emphasis on what a person can do in the workplace as a result of completing a program. The training is based on curriculum developed from the competency standards specified by the industry and the learning is modular/self-paced in its structure wherein the trainee is allowed to progress at his/her own pace. It allows for multiple entry and exit in the system. It also recognized both on-and off-the-job delivery modes. After successfully completing the program, the trainee is required to undergo the national competency assessment to acquire a National Certificate (NC).
Each training program consists of competencies that a person needs to achieve based on the given qualification in their chosen field of occupation. It describes the core, common and basic competencies required for the performance of a specific occupation. A value-adding feature of the CBT program approach is the integration of the basic computer literacy, work ethics and values development, entrepreneurship development, leadership and gender sensitivity training. These programs are registered under the Unified TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS) to ensure that the trainees receive quality, relevant and employable skills, knowledge and attitude.
Delivery shall be guided by the ten (10) basic principles of competency-based TVET as follows:
- The training shall be based on curriculum developed from the competency standards;
- Learning is modular in its structure and not time-bound. Learning is complete when learner can demonstrate the competency. Each competency must be completed ideally within the nominal duration given.
- Training delivery is learner-centered and should accommodate individualized and self-paced learning strategies. The learner manages her/his own learning while the trainer will facilitate the learning and acts as the coach or mentor;
- Training is based on work that must be performed;
- Training materials are directly related to the competency standards and the curriculum modules;
- Assessment is based on the collection of evidence of the performance of the work to the industry standard. A trainee may take the competency assessment even before the duration ends as long as the trainee is ready to undergo the assessment;
- Training is based both on and off-the-job components;
- Training program allows for recognition of prior learning (RPL) or current competencies;
- Training allows for multiple entry and exit; and
- Training programs are nationally accredited.
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- Automotive Servicing NC II
- Barista NC II
- Bartending NC II
- Cookery NC II
- Dressmaking NC II
- Electronic Products Assembly and Servicing NC II
- Food and Beverage Services NC II
- Food Processing NC II
- Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) NC II
- Housekeeping NC II
- Motorcycle/Small Engine Servicing NC II
- Plumbing NC I
- Plumbing NC II
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC I
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II
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