The issuing of a trade certificate

When a candidate has passed a trade test, the trade test centre will send the candidate’s documents to the relevant SETA within 5 working days. The SETA will then forward such documents to the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) within 10 working days, who will recommend the issuing of a trade certificate for the candidate to the QCTO within 21 working days of receipt of the request.  At each point there are a number of quality assurance processes that are followed to ensure that the learner has indeed met the requirements of the relevant trade.

The QCTO will issue a trade certificate within 21 working days after receipt of candidate’s documents from NAMB.  Should all documentation be submitted timeously and correctly the learner’s certificate should be issued within 3 months of trade testing.

The learner’s printed certificate is sent to NAMB for distribution to the relevant SETA and from there to the learner or trade test centre.

Learners must direct all communication regarding their certificates to the centre where the trade test was conducted.

Replacement of a trade certificate

The QCTO does not accept requests for certification from certificate holders. The certificate holders must channel their requests through an accredited assessment centre, INDLELA, or the relevant SETA, through which they trade tested.

An application form for replacement of a certificate can be obtained from the centre of application or NAMB.

The QCTO is also responsible for the replacement of lost or damaged certificates issued under the Manpower Act. The issuance of such certificates will be according to the Act under which it was issued.  No changes to the Section or Act can be effected.

The function of training boards, which included certification, was transferred to the SETAs and therefore applications for the replacement of lost certificates previously issued by a Training Board must be referred to the relevant SETA.

Certificates issued by the QCTO

  • Trade certificates: for trades recorded on the National Learner Records Database of SAQA, but without associated occupational qualifications.
  • Occupational certificates: for learners who have proven competence against occupational qualifications or part qualifications, including occupational qualifications for listed trades.

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