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

SAQA ID: 50331

Level: 6

Credits: 145

Purpose of the course

This qualification is for those who are qualified at Certificate, Diploma or Degree level within the Higher Education and Training (HET) band in an academic or occupational area, and wish to act in a variety of Education, Training and Development (ETD) related roles at a high level. This Certificate will enable a person to achieve recognition for Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development (ODETD) competencies at a high level without needing to acquire a Degree in ETD. The Certificate includes competencies across all the ETD roles, with the opportunity to specialise at a high level in two or more of the following roles:

  • Learning Design and Development.

  • Learning Facilitation.

  • Assessment. Strategic Management.

  • Quality Assurance.

  • Standards Setting and Qualification Design.

  • Skills Development Facilitation.

This course will enable you to:

  • Analyse needs and plan learning.

  • Design and develop learning programmes and processes.

  • Facilitate learning in routine and complex situations.

  • Engage in and promote assessment practices.

  • Facilitate and manage skills development in an organisation.

  • Define and evaluate standards and qualifications.

  • Evaluate HRD interventions.

Course rationale:

Education, Training and Development (ETD) is a priority area within the South African context and is supported by legislation, national policies and strategies. In order to meet the ETD requirements of the workplace, within the context of a quality assured environment and processes, it is important to be able to identify and recognise competent ETD practitioners at various levels.

Workplace education, training and development are carried out to a large degree by people who have the requisite skills in their subject area, but little or no formal qualifications in ETD. With the need for and emphasis on quality ETD, it becomes critical to have a means to develop and recognise ETD competencies at a high level. Many candidates for this qualification will not have the time or the inclination to undertake an Bachelor Degree: ODETDP at level 6, but will want recognition for the essential competencies required at levels 5, 6 and 7 as represented by this qualification. ODETD stakeholders have indicated that this particular qualification will fill a vital gap within the ODETD field, serving a similar need to the Post Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in Education. This qualification will also be very useful for Further Education and Training (FET) College lecturers who may not have formal ETD qualifications, as well as for high level Skills Development Facilitators.

This qualification will provide a means to give recognition to experienced ODETD practitioners, thus making it possible for practitioners to increase their employment prospects, and at the same time provide a means whereby organisations can appoint experienced practitioners in line with proven ETD competencies at a high level.

Candidates for this qualification will typically add to their non-ETD qualifications to obtain the NC: ODETD level 6. Some holders of the NC: ODETD level 5 may choose to move on to the NC: ODETD level 6. Some holders of the NC: ODETD level 6 may choose to expand their learning so as to obtain the Bachelor Degree: ODETD level 6, or move into formal education.

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, and have a Certificate or Diploma at least at level 5. Further learning assumptions are specified within the associated unit standards where required.

Access to the qualification:

  • National Certificate or Diploma at Level 5 in any field of learning other than ETD.

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 20 fundamental credits.


Learners are required to achieve all 80 core credits.


Learners are required to achieve 45 of the possible 172 elective credits, selected in line with possible career opportunities and areas of interest. Learners are encouraged to select all or most of the Elective credits from at least two Exit Level Outcomes and then to select the remaining credits from any of the other Elective credits to make up to 45 credits.

Exit level outcomes

  1. Analyse needs and plan and design learning.

  2. Facilitate learning in routine and complex situations.

  3. Engage in and promote assessment practices.

  4. Facilitate and manage skills development in an organisation.

  5. Define and evaluate standards.

  6. Evaluate Human Resource Development interventions.

This qualification addresses the following critical cross-field outcomes:

  • Identifying and solving problems in relation to analysing, planning, designing and organising learning opportunities and in relation to learner's difficulties within the ETD context.

  • Working effectively with others as a member of ETD teams in the analysis, design and delivery of ETD.

  • Facilitate learning in routine and complex situations.

  • Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when preparing oneself, preparing learning resources and setting up the learning environment.

  • Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information about learners, learning needs, learning resources, organisational requirements and national ETD strategies.

  • Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills when presenting information to learners and discussing the subject matter.

  • Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others, mainly in the application of occupation-related technology, but through the appropriate use of ETD-related technology.

  • Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems, and in particular through the linking of ETD and practice within the occupational field.

Learning programmes directed towards this qualification will also contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making individuals aware of the importance of:

  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.

  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.

  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.

  • Exploring education and career opportunities; and developing entrepreneurial opportunities.

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