Occupational Quality Assurance

Through its Quality Assurance function the QCTO will ensure that those people who have completed their studies for an occupational qualification, and have successfully passed the final external integrated summative assessment, meet the required standards.

Those who meet the criteria are awarded an occupational certificate. This ensures prospective employers and customers can be confident that those holding occupational certificates are fully qualified to do the work stated on the certificate.

The QCTO abides by the principle that an occupation is the title we give an individual who is capable of doing a number of tasks associated with a specific job title. An occupational qualification will certify that this is the case.

QCTO Quality Assurance Framework

Quality Assurance of Assessment

- Approved AQPs with Registered Qualifications

-  Assessment Quality Partners Forum

Accredited Assessment Centres

Quality Assurance Partners (QAPs)

- Delegation to Quality Assurance Partners (QAPs)

- List of QAPs



Quality Assurance of Assessment

In terms of the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act 97 of 1998), the QCTO must design and develop occupational qualifications and standards and ensure the quality assurance thereof. A nationally standardised external summative assessment is an integral part of the quality assurance of occupational qualifications, trades and part qualifications.

The QCTO’s quality assurance of assessment systems and learner achievements is made up of the following processes and procedures:

  1. Evaluation and approval of Assessment Partners
  2. Accreditation of Assessment Centres
  3. Quality assurance of external assessments through the:
  • Verification of assessment instruments;
  • Verification of internal assessment;
  • Monitoring of the conduct of examinations;
  • verification of marking; 
  • standardisation of assessment outcomes in terms of N4-N6 results; and
  • verification of the resulting process.
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