National Certificate in Occupationally Directed ETD Practices: Level 4

Number Title NQF Level Credits
STUDY SCHOOL 1:  COMMUNICATION (See note on RPL) (5 days)
119472 Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication 3 5
119457 Interpret and use information from texts 3 5
119467 Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes 3 5
119465 Write/present/sign texts for a range of communication contexts 3 5
119462 Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluation of spoken/signed texts 4 5
119469 Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts 4 5
119471 Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes 4 5
119459 Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts 4 5
9015 Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on related problems 4 6
9016 Represent, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2- and 3-dimensional space in different contexts 4 4
7468 Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues 4 6
117877 Perform one-to-one training on the job 3 4
123393 Carry out course administration 3 3
263976 Demonstrate an understanding of the outcomes-based education and training approach within the context of the NQF 5 5
123396 Define target audience and skills gaps 4 6
15227 Conduct skills development administration in an organisation 4 4
114215 Mentor a colleague to enhance the individual’s knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in a selected career path 4 3
117870 Conduct targeted training and development using given methodologies 4 10
12544 Facilitate the preparation and presentation of evidence for assessment 4 4
117865 Assist and support learners to manage their learning experience 4 5
10294 Identify and respond to learners with special needs and barriers to learning 5 10
7389 Help learners with language and literacies across the curriculum 4 12


This is a NQF Level 4 qualification which provides a learner with no formal ETDP qualification but who is currently working as a trainer, or in the ETD field with a nationally recognised qualification coupled with the necessary ETDP skills and proficiencies. It provides the foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the ETD field and gives the learner access to the NQF Level 5 OD-ETDP Higher Certificate.


Four study schools of 5 days, one of 3 days plus two on-site assessments.

Who should attend?

This qualification is aimed at ETD co-coordinators, entry-level trainers, instructors, junior training officers, training administrators and anyone else who has experience, but no formal qualification in the ETD field.

Learning Outcomes

Study Schools 1 and 2: Communication and/or Mathematical Literacy

Study School 3: Coach and Administer Learning

The learner will develop the competencies to prepare for and conduct coaching sessions; identify performance gaps, and have a clear understanding of the difference between coaching and training. Learners will also be taught how to carry out course administration including pre-course arrangements and administration, how to provide administrative support during courses, and the maintenance of course records.

Study School 4: Identify Skills Needs and Facilitate Learning

Learners will gain an understanding of SAQA/NQF and relevant ETD legislation skills. Within the context of this, the learner will identify training needs by conducting a basic skills audit, analyse the data and report on the training needs, and also manage processes involved in conducting skills development by collating and storing data relevant to skills development; providing information on skills development, and contributing to the improvement of systems and procedures related to skills development. Against this background, the learner will mentor a colleague in a selected career path and prepare the content of identified training sessions, the presentation of the material and the venue; select appropriate presentation techniques and facilitate these learning sessions.

Study School 5: Provide Learning Support

This module will equip the learner with the knowledge and skills to facilitate the process of preparing and presenting evidence for assessment; to assist and support learners to manage their learning experiences, and to identify learners with special needs and barriers to learning. The learner will also gain skills and knowledge to assist learners with language and literacies across the curriculum.

Entry requirements

  • A NQF level 3 qualification with passes in TWO official languages
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF level 3, or equivalent.


  • “Communicate in a variety of ETD Settings” – RPL is based on a Grade 12 Certificate with passes in English AND one other official language as subjects and being found competent on a Communication Questionnaire.
  • “Mathematical Literacy in the ETD Context” – RPL is based on a Grade 12/N3 certificate with a pass in Mathematics as subject AND being found competent on a Mathematical Literacy Questionnaire.
  • Learners who have completed training in US 117877 and 123393 will not have to attend study school 3.


Assessment will be based on portfolios of evidence which must be submitted to QPD Consultants after each study school.


Upon completion of summative assessment of all the portfolios, the learner will received an endorsed certificate for the full qualification. This qualifies the learner to enrol for the Higher Certificate in OD ETD Practices.
FET Certificate in OD-ETD Practice – Unit Standards


Please note that the pre-entry requirements for this qualification are at least a NQF level 3 certificate (ie grade 11 or equivalent) with a pass in TWO official Languages AND Mathematical Literacy. Learners who do not comply with this requirement are not eligible for entry onto this course.

  1. This program comprises 1 220 notional hours and runs over a period of twelve months.
  2. Pre-screening tests in both Communication and Mathematical Literacy will be conducted two weeks prior to commencement of the study schools as follows:
    1. These will be administered on-site and be assessed by QPD.
    2. Tests will be administered in each of Communication and Mathematical Literacy and will have an average duration of 60 minutes. There will be a 30 minute break in between each test.
    3. Learners must be found competent on each screening test AND be in possession of a Matric Certificate, or equivalent, with a pass in TWO official languages AND mathematics/mathematical literacy to qualify for RPL.
    4. Learners who do not qualify for the above will have to attend training in Study School 1: Communication and/or Study school 2: Mathematical Literacy.
      These Study Schools must be completed first to ensure that learners will be able to cope with the content of the other study schools and complete portfolios that meet the requirements for competency.
    5. Learners will receive feedback on the results of the screening tests prior to commencement of training so that the necessary arrangements can be made for them to attend Study Schools 1 and/or 2, if applicable.
  3. Learners attend a study school that runs over a period of 4 or 5 days where they also receive guidance on how to compile their Portfolios of Evidence. Study schools are held approximately every 8-10 weeks.
  4. On-site assessments will be conducted for study schools 3 and 4 approximately two weeks after completion of the workshop.
  5. Support days are held approximately 4-6 weeks after completion of the workshop for study school 1 (if applicable) and for study school 5. The Support Day for Study School 4 will be held on the same day as the on-site assessments for this study school. Learners are assisted in reviewing the evidence in their portfolios in preparation for assessment at these Support Days.
  6. A final summative assessment for Mathematical Literacy will be conducted during the workshop.
  7. Learners compile and finalise their Portfolios of Evidence and submit them for summative assessment at the commencement of the next study school.
  8. Learners receive feedback on each portfolio and if applicable, will be given one opportunity to submit additional evidence within 30 days. Any further assessments will be conducted at an additional cost of R910 (VAT Excluded)
  9. Competent learners will receive a certificate for each completed study school.
  10. Once the learner has completed all the study schools, there will be a final summative assessment against all the exit level outcomes of the qualification.
  11. Final results will be uploaded to the ETDP SETA for endorsement and successful learners will receive an ETDP SETA certificate for the full qualification.
National Certificate in Occupationally Directed ETD Practices: Level 5