Registration of training providers
(1) A training provider shall not operate unless registered by the Council.
(2) The Council shall register training providers who meet the requirements for registration provided under these Regulations.
(3) Where a training provider does not meet all the requirements for registration but meets a minimum quality requirement as determined by the Council, the Council may
(a) grant conditional registration to the training provider; and
(b) give the training provider time to meet the requisite requirements for registration.
Training providers eligible to apply for registration
2. The following training providers are eligible to apply for registration:
(a) Institutional training providers;
(b) Workplace training providers; and
(c) Informal sector training providers.
Requirements for registration of institutional and workplace training providers.
3. An institutional or workplace training provider that seeks to be registered under these Regulations shall
(a) be registered under the laws of Ghana with a defined mission and specific objectives related to technical and vocational education and training;
(b) have stated strategic directions and plans that will contribute to the socio-economic and technological development goals of the government as well as the development of a viable technical and vocational education and training system in the country;
have the appropriate governance and management personnel, structures and systems to ensure that the training provider acts in a viable and ethical manner;
(d) have policies in place to improve quality access and relevance to technical and vocational education and training;
(e) have clear objectives to meet the learning needs of learners through the provision of appropriate educational training and support services including core skills;
(f) have policies in place for the recruitment and professional development of staff;
(g) have a safe and healthy learning environment;
(h) have processes of self-evaluation and internal audit that involve the participation of key stakeholders;
(i) be financially sustainable and have internal and external controls to maintain the financial sustainability;
(j) have policies that engage community or industry development activities and modes of delivery of the activities; and
(k) satisfy any other requirements determined by the Council
Requirements for registration of informal sector training providers.
An informal sector training provider that seeks to be registered under these Regulations shall
(a) have proof of registration as a member of a trade association or professional body recognised by the Council or be a registered enterprise with the Registrar-General’s Department or the relevant Metropolitan, Municipal or District Assembly;
(b) have the capacity for apprenticeship training;
(c) have a safe and healthy learning environment suitable for apprenticeship training;
(d) have a written agreement with the apprentice or the guardian of the apprentice;
(e) have a basic financial and administrative system of keeping records;
(f) have the appropriate structures, equipment and human resource for the training of a minimum of two apprentices.
A person shall not assess or verify any technical and vocational education and training programme unless that person is registered by the Council as an assessor or verifier.
Requirements for registration
A person qualifies to be registered as an assessor or verifier if that person
(a) has satisfactory training as a facilitator or trainer;
(b) is of good character;
(c) has undergone training in competency-based assessment; and
(d) has a recognised technical and vocational education and training qualification or relevant academic qualification in the relevant area or a minimum of two years experience in assessment in vocational programmes
Registration of Vocational Training Institutions/Centres
- The Registration and Accreditation Department of the Council as guided by the board registers/accredit as required by Law all public and private vocational training institutions in the country
- The Monitoring/Evaluation & IT, Research Statistics Departments of the Council visit all public and private vocational training institutions in the country. It also co-ordinates the activities of existing vocational training institutions and conduct feasibility studies for proposed ones.
- Regular visits are paid to registered vocational institutions to ensure that they are operating according to the criteria set by the COTVET ACT 718,LI 2195. It is also to ensure standardization and quality of skill training throughout the country.
- The aim of its establishment is to enhance their capacity to expand and to give quality training to the youth by soliciting funds from donor agencies, non-governmental organizations and other sources for this purpose.
- Areas of focus in assistance has been the upgrading of their training staff, replacement of obsolete tools and equipment and helping them to acquire the needed training materials and teaching aids.