Good news for technical-vocational (tech voc) graduates and skilled workers. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will implement another run of the National TVET Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) Program.

This was confirmed by Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General, in an interview during his recent visit here in the city.

This means a great deal particularly to those who want to work abroad. Villanueva said that once one is certified as a TESDA Specialista, it would be a big advantage in applying for work as the TESDA certification is now recognized in the international circles, he said.

The NATCAC is a synchronized conduct of free competency assessment and certification in identified key qualifications at the regional and provincial levels. Funded by TESDA’s Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP), it is being offered to skilled workers, TVET trainers,instructors,assessors, and returning OFWs or expatriates.

For this year, the NATCAC schedules are : July 9-20, August 20-31, and October 20-31. The assessment shall cover the following qualifications: Automotive and Land Transport: Driving NCII, Driving NCIII (Passenger Bus/Straight Truck), Automotive Servicing NCII to NC IV. Construction: Electrical Installation and Maintenance NCII to NCIII, Plumbing NCIII. Information and Communications Technology: Visual Graphics NCIII, 2D Animation NCIII, 3D Animation NCIII. Tourism: Food and Beverage Services NCIII, Commercial Cooking NCIII, Bread and Pastry Production NCII, Housekeeping NCIII, Events Management Services NCIII. Metals and Engineering: Machining NCIII, Shielded Metal Arc Welding NCII to NCIII. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning NCII: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning NCII. Agriculture and Food Processing: Food Processing NCII to NCIII, Aquaculture NCII, Horticulture NCII, Agri-Crop Production NCII, and Animal Production NCII.

An applicant may ask for additional information or secure the application form and list of requirements for assessment from the Regional Training Center or the nearest TESDA Provincial Office near them. The application form and Self-Assessment Guide for each identified qualification may also be downloaded at the TESDA website (www.tesda.gov.ph). Deadline for filing of applications will be one week before the assessment schedule.

Assessment centers in the region includes: the TESDA Regional Training Center here in Loakan and the Baguio City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT), Mt. Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC), Xijen College of Mt. Province as well as the other TESDA Provincial Training Centers.

In 2011, TESDA-CAR spent P1.247 million for the NATCAC program benefiting around 2,500 individuals.

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