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Accreditation in the TEVET System

Background
The Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) Authority is a regulatory body that was established in 1999 by an Act of Parliament with the mandate to promote and regulate sustainable acquisition of quality technical, entrepreneurial and vocational training for Malawian workforce in a socially responsible manner.

Introduction
In fulfillment of its regulatory role, the TEVET Authority accredits TEVET providers, programmes, curricula, trainers, verifiers and Quality Assurance bodies. Accreditation is a quality assurance tool that ensures adherence to required standards and subsequently, quality of training outcomes.

Purpose
Through accreditation the Authority aims to set standards that safeguard quality of learning activities and outcomes of the TEVET system.

Definition
Accreditation means the certification, usually for a particular period of time, of a person, a body or an institution or a program as having the capacity to fulfill a particular function in the quality assurance system set up by TEVET Authority.

Who should be accredited?
All TEVET Authority registered training institutions qualify to apply for accreditation. Programmes at a registered training institution can also be accredited. Additionally, Trainers, Verifiers and Quality Assurance bodies can apply for accreditation.

Criteria for accreditation.
The criteria which is used to evaluate all applicants and qualified individuals equally underwrite the principles of fairness, validity and reliability used in conducting the evaluation.

TEVET institution
An institution will be accredited by TEVET Authority if it:

·      is registered as a TEVET provider by TEVET Authority
·      has capacity to develop, deliver and evaluate learning programmes
·      has the necessary financial, human, learning equipment and infrastructural resources and policies and practices for staff recruitment, appraisal and development
·      has a quality management and quality assurance system
·      has staff with necessary technical and academic qualification and experience.

Verifier:
A verifier is an occupational expert engaged to conduct external verification of assessments, both at an institution and industry.

A verifier will be accredited by TEVET Authority if the individual:

·      has gone through Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) induction
·      has conducted a minimum of three consistent CBET assessments based on external verification reports, and
·      has relevant qualifications and experience in concerned field.


An Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQAB)
An Education and Training Quality Assurance Body is an organisation or grouping accredited with the function and responsibility to monitor and audit achievements in terms of national standards and qualifications.

An ETQAB will be accredited by the Authority if it demonstrates:

·      the need for an ETQAB to be established in the sector it wishes to function
·      primary focus for its quality assurance activities based upon its association with the identified sector and the identified mission of the sector
·      capacity to perform the functions assigned to it by the TEVET Authority.

Benefits of Accreditation

·      It brings confidence in the offer of vocational education and training to TEVET providers.
·      It increases satisfaction of beneficiaries of training (students, employers and parents).
·      It enhances employment chances by graduating students since employers have confidence in the quality of vocational education and training and validity of professional certificates.
·      It is a tool for disseminating good practices among TEVET providers and develops a culture of reflection and continuous improvement in the delivery of TEVET.