PROPOSED CHANGES FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING BY THE QUALITY COUNCIL FOR
TRADE & OCCUPATIONS (QCTO)
All Sector Education Training Authorities (SETA’s) will be absorbed by the QCTO by 2019. QCTO is a quality council established in 2010 in terms of the Skills Development Act. Its role is to oversee the design, implementation, assessment and certification of occupational qualifications on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF) With accredited training becoming a focal point for the QCTO working with all SETA’s, the expected changes that have been communicated to this point are of interest to all parties who wish to comply with the OHS Act in terms of training.
All Unit Standards that are currently registered with HWSETA are being scrutinized to possibly be scrapped or replaced by new standards within the Parent Qualifications set out by the QCTO. Part qualifications within the parent qualifications would then contain content relative to the persons to be trained. This, in an effort to create qualifications for candidates to possibly pursue a career, is a very positive move.
There are however, as with any qualification, requirements that must be met in terms of the completion of the said qualification be it parent- or part of.
Candidates are required to complete 30% of the hours allocated according to the NQF level of the course in the classroom (theory based). Thereafter, 70% of those hours must be used in practical terms where the person must complete a logbook aligned to the part qualification. Once completed the candidate must then submit the logbook and complete a summative assessment with the provider. This, will then be followed by an external assessment to be completed with the Assessment Partner to the QCTO. The results of the candidate can then be verified, and a statement of results released with a Competency certificate.