About Us

The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) is a Quality Council established in 2010 in terms of the Skills Development Act Nr. 97 of 1998. Its role is to oversee the design, implementation, assessment and certification of occupational qualifications, including trades, on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF).

The QCTO also offers guidance to skills development providers who must be accredited by the QCTO to offer occupational qualifications.

In summary the QCTO is responsible for:

  1.1.1. Establishment and management of the Occupational Qualification Sub-framework (OQSF);
  1.1.2. Occupational Qualifications development and maintenance;
  1.1.3. Accreditation of Skills Development Providers;
  1.1.4. Accreditation of Assessment Centres;
  1.1.5. Assessment;
  1.1.6. Certification;
  1.1.7. Research and Knowledge Development; and
  1.1.8. Stakeholder Management and Advocacy.


The vision of the QCTO is to qualify a skilled and capable workforce.


The mission of the QCTO is to effectively and efficiently manage the OQSF in order to set standards, develop and quality assure national occupational qualifications for all who want a trade or occupation and, where appropriate, professions.


Innovation and Excellence

We rise to opportunities and challenges, we continuously learn, we are innovative and we consistently produce work of distinction and fine quality, on time, and in line with our clients’ needs.

Empowerment and Recognition

We enable people to make things happen, we encourage and support one another when and where needed, and we celebrate successful accomplishment of work.

Respect and Dignity

We value and show consideration for all people we work with; treat one another with kindness and thoughtfulness, and embrace inclusivity.

Ethics and Integrity

We embrace and practice a moral code of trustworthiness, honesty and truthfulness in everything we say and do, and we honour our promises and commitments.

Ownership and Accountability

We take ownership of our responsibilities and we answer for our decisions and actions.


We protect the public by issuing authentic, quality qualifications.