NATIONAL TVET QUALIFICATION LEVELS

The COTVET CBT learning programmes are industry and demand driven based on consultation with all TVET major stakeholders to provide learners with practical skills and experience of the world of work, through the workplace experience learning units, Generic Skills, as well as skills, knowledge and understanding gained through more formal practical training and learning in the institution and workplace.                                                                                          

The proposed National TVET Qualification Framework came jointly from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Master Plan for strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ghana and a group of Ghanaian consultants, which was passed by parliament for implementation. The following objectives guided the proposal for the creation of a National TVET Qualification Framework:

  • To bring all the post-basic occupation-oriented qualifications into unified qualification framework
  • To facilitate access to further education and training for the individuals in technical and vocational occupations
  • To improve product and service quality by ensuring uniform standards of practice in the trades and professions
  • To promote and facilitate access to life-long learning for all, especially operators in the informal sector of the economy

These new qualifications are designed to be certificated at eight levels: National Proficiency I, National Proficiency II, National Certificate I, National Certificate II, Higher National Diploma (HND), Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) Master of Technology (M. Tech) and Doctor of Technology (D. Tech).

NATIONAL PROFICIENCY 1

The National Proficiency I Programme is a bridging programme, allowing   progression for people with minimal or no education background into the National Proficiency II Programme.  

The National Proficiency I Programme focuses on the basic skills, knowledge and understanding within the Technical /Vocational area.

Recruits to industry will be able to perform routine and predictable tasks often performed under close supervision. Entry into these programmes will normally require no formal Certificate.

The Programme will also help the learner to prepare and facilitate his/her progression into the general education band through introduction to Generic Skills Units.

NATIONAL PROFICIENCY II

The National Proficiency II Programme allows progression to the National Certificate I Programmes and will provide a window of opportunity to technical institutions entrance for appropriate technical/vocational areas.

Entry into the National Proficiency II Programme will be through an achievement of COTVET qualification at National Proficiency I level.                   

Recruits to industry will be able to perform a range of varied work activities most of which may be routine, predictable, and non-complex in nature. The individual will work under limited supervision It will also facilitate progression to National Certificate I and introduction to general education through Generic Skills Units.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE I

The National Certificate I Programme allows progression to the National Certificate II Programmes and will provide a window of opportunity to technical institution entrance for the appropriate technical/vocational areas.

Entry into the National Certificate I Programme will be through National Proficiency II Level or a pass at BECE in the appropriate subjects and or an equivalent.

Recruits to industry will be able to perform complex and varied activities under minimum supervision and also develop employable skills through significant workplace experience learning, thus enhancing their employment prospects.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE II

The National Certificate II Programme allows progression to the HND or B. Tech programmes and will provide a window of opportunity to technical /vocational institution entrance for appropriate technical/vocational areas.

Entry into the National Certificate II Programme will be through a National Certificate I level, or a pass at WASSCE in the appropriate subjects and points total or an equivalent.

Recruits to industry will be able to perform wide variety of work, most of which are complex and non-routine. There is considerable responsibility and autonomy in the performance of work, and ability to control or give guidance to others is often required.

HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA (HND)

The HND Programme allows progression to the Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) or Master of Technology (M. Tech) programmes and will provide a window of opportunity to technical /vocational institution entrance for the appropriate technical/vocational areas.

Entry into the HND programmes will be through a National Certificate II Level, or a pass at WASSCE in appropriate subjects and points total or an equivalent.

Recruits to industry will be able to perform wide variety of work, most of which are complex and non-routine. Work activities comprise tasks involving some level of organizational ability, resource management, and accountability for performing own processes and outputs as well as accountability for the processes and outputs of others.

 BACHELOR OF TECHNOLOGY (B. TECH)

The B. Tech Programme allows progression to the Master of Technology programme and will provide a window of opportunity to technical /vocational institution entrance for the   appropriate technical/vocational areas.

Entry into the B. Tech Programme will be through a COTVET National Certificate II or HND Level, or equivalent qualification in the appropriate subjects and points.

Recruits to industry will be able to perform wide variety of work, most of which are complex and non-routine. Activities are mainly self-directed, requiring a significant degree of strategic thinking and judgement. A high level of organizational and resource management skills are required and the individual assumes full accountability for own processes and outputs as well as the processes and outputs of others within broadly defined boundaries.

  MASTER OF TECHNOLOGY (M. TECH)

The M. Tech Programme allows progression to the Doctor of Technology programmes and will provide a window of opportunity to technical /vocational institution entrance for appropriate technical /vocational areas.

Entry into the M. Tech Programme will be through a COTVET HND or B. Tech Level, or equivalent qualification in the appropriate subjects and points. Recruits to industry will be able to perform wide variety of work, most of which involve the resolution of complex issues and making sound judgment in the absence of complex data, and communicating these conclusions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. They also continue to advance their knowledge and understanding and to develop new skills to a high level.

The M. Tech Programme requires self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acting independently in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level. It promotes quality and transferable skills necessary for employment, initiative and personal responsibility and decision-making in complex and unpredicted situations, and the exhibition of independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

 DOCTOR OF TECHNOLOGY (D. TECH)

The M. Tech Programme allows progression to the Doctor of Technology programme and will provide a window of opportunity to technical/vocational institution entrance for appropriate technical/vocational areas.

Entry into the D. Tech Programme will be through a COTVET M. Tech Level, or equivalent qualification in the appropriate subjects and points.

Recruits to industry will be able to perform a wide variety of work, most of which are highly complex in nature. They will be able to make informed judgment on complex issues in the area of technology or professional practice often in the absence of complete data and communicate ideas and conclusions clearly to specialists and non-specialists in the discipline. Recruits will be able to exhibit qualities and transferable skills necessary in exercising of personal responsibility and initiative in a very complex and unpredictable situation.