National Certificate: Occupationally-directed education, training and development practices

SAQA ID: 50334

Level: 5

Credits: 120

Purpose of the course

This qualification is for those who want to build on a FETC in any field to enter the field of ODETD as a potential career, and have little or no previous exposure to ETD. The qualification will also be valuable for those who may have been practising within the field, but without formal recognition. This qualification will be useful for:

  • Learning facilitators.

  • Assessors.

  • Learner and learning supporters.

  • Skills Development Facilitators.

This course will enable you to:

This qualification will provide practitioners with the general ETD skills required at NQF level 5 across five key ETD roles, with the opportunity to specialise further in one of the following four roles:

  • Design and develop learning interventions.

  • Facilitate learning.

  • Design and conduct assessments.

  • Facilitate skills development.

  • Practitioners will generally carry out their role within the context of:

    • Given Quality Assurance policies, procedures and processes.

    • A guided and supported learning environment.

Course rationale:

The development of skills within and for the workplace is a priority within South Africa, as supported by legislation, national policies and strategies. Much of the needed skills development is carried out by people who have knowledge and skills within their area of expertise, but lack the required skills in relation to ETD. Many of the skills development objectives, nationally and within companies and organisations, are met through the efforts of ETD practitioners operating at NQF Level 5, and this certificate addresses the key competencies of such practitioners.

This qualification will meet the need of those who wish to progress beyond the FETC ODETD, or who wish to enter the field of ETD for the first time. The certificate will also help to increase the employment prospects of ETD practitioners, while helping to ensure quality and competence within the ETD field.

This qualification will provide a means to recognise ODETD practise at level 5 across five key ETD roles in a generalist capacity, with particular application possible in at least one role. Practitioners who wish to extend the skills in ETD to cover further ETD roles should select the Diploma ODETD, Level 5.

Learning assumed to be in place and recognition of prior learning

It is assumed that practitioners have expertise in the subject/occupation field in which they intend to provide education, training and development, at a level required to engage meaningfully in ETD within that field.

It is also assumed that learners working towards this qualification hold a FETC or equivalent. Further learning assumptions are specified within the associated unit standards where required.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

This qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through recognition of prior learning in terms of the defined exit level outcomes and/or individual unit standards.

Evidence can be presented in various ways, including international and/or previous local qualifications, products, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practice and performance records.

All such evidence will be judged in accordance with the general principles of assessment and the requirements for integrated assessment.

Qualification rules


Learners are required to achieve 10 fundamental credits.


Learners are required to achieve all 61 core credits.


Learners are required to achieve 49 of the possible 116 elective credits, selected in line with possible career opportunities and areas of interest.

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