Qualifications Development

The Authority coordinates the development of awards, which include training unit standards, qualifications and part qualifications. The development of awards is done by Qualifications Development Bodies (QDBs), which are panels of experts from industry and education and training, in line with the economic needs based on the Human Resources Development Sector Plans developed under the Human Resource Development Council. To promote uptake of the developed qualifications, the Authority builds capacity for the education and training providers to facilitate their ability to implement the awards.

Part qualification means an assessed unit of learning that is registered by the Authority as part of a qualification, including a module and a unit standard.

Unit standard means a statement of the outcome of any learning assessed, the type and quality of evidence that represents performance worthy of an award of credits and the context in which that evidence should be demonstrated.

Qualification means a formal outcome of an assessment and validation process which is obtained when a competent body determines that an individual has achieved learning outcomes to given standards.

Credit means the amount of learning recognized through qualifications and unit standards.

Field means a particular area of learning used as an organizing mechanism for the NQF.

Level means a stage in a hierarchical system used for grouping qualifications that are broadly equivalent.

Subfield means a specific area of education or training at qualifications level within a field.

Domain means a grouping of unit standards in a specific area of education or training within sub-fields.