Act No. 9 of 1997 empowers the Council “to establish awards in technical education which are consistent in standard and comparable to related awards at national and international levels”.
NACTE awards are known as National Technical Awards (NTA) and adopt a Competence-based (CBET) modular system (credit-based).
The Council has to set qualifications standards for the awards, hence the objectives.
The NTA are designed to testify that the holder of the award is able to apply competently the knowledge and skills described in the relevant occupational sector.
The NTA system has seven levels linked to a three level system of VETA, known as National Vocational Training Awards (NVTA), to provide a ten level framework of Technical and Vocational (TVET) qualifications.
Each NTA qualification has a broad competence level descriptor.
TVET Qualifications Framework
|NVTA 1||Certificate of Competence – Level I|
|NVTA 2||Certificate of Competence – Level II|
|NVTA 3||Certificate of Competence – Level III|
|NTA 4||Basic Technician Certificate|
|NTA 5||Technician Certificate|
|NTA 6||Ordinary Diploma|
|NTA 7||Higher Diploma|
|NTA 8||Bachelors Degree|
|NTA 9||Masters Degree|
|NTA 10||Doctor of Philosophy|
Competence Level Descriptors
|NTA 4Basic Technician Certificate||Apply skills and knowledge at routine level.|
|NTA 5Technician Certificate||Apply skills and knowledge in a range of activities, some of which are non-routine and be able to assume operational responsibilities.|
|NTA 6Ordinary Diploma||Apply skills and knowledge in a broad range of work activities, most of which are non-routine.|
|NTA 7Higher Diploma||Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in a broad range of complex technical activities, a high degree of personal responsibility and some responsibility for work of others.|
|NTA 8Bachelors Degree||Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in a wide and unpredictable variety of contexts with substantial personal responsibility, responsibility for the work of others and responsibility for the allocation of resources, policy, planning, execution and evaluation.|
|NTA 9Masters Degree||Display mastery of a complex and specialized area of knowledge and skills, employing knowledge and understanding to conduct research or advanced technical or professional activity, able to work autonomously and in complex and unpredictable situations.|
|NTA 10Doctor of Philosophy||Apply knowledge and understanding and do advanced research resulting into significant and original contributions to a specialised field, demonstrate a command of methodological issues and engaging in critical dialogue with peers, able to work autonomously and in complex and unpredictable situations.|
Description of Awards
Intermediate Professional Awards
|NTA 4Basic Technician Certificate||Part of Technician Certificate Programme; a bridging stage to equip leavers of VETA, Academic and Technical Secondary Schools with basic intermediate professional competencies.|
|NTA 5Technician Certificate||Stage for imparting key intermediate professional competencies; graduates may proceed to study for Ordinary Diploma.|
|NTA 6Ordinary Diploma||Stage for imparting full intermediate professional competencies; graduates may proceed to study for Bachelors Degree.|
|NTA 7Higher Diploma||Part of Bachelors DegreeAward providing an exit to students who may need a break before completing the degree programme or have failed at the final degree stage.|
|NTA 8Bachelors Degree||Stage for imparting full professional competencies.Graduates may proceed to do a Masters Degree.|
|NTA 9Masters Degree||A stage for professional specialization; graduates may proceed for Doctor of Philosophy studies.|
|NTA 10Doctor of Philosophy||A stage for contributing to the existing body of knowledge through applied research; graduates may proceed with life–long learning.|
Comparative Training Duration
|Year||Technical Qualification||Secondary / University Qualification|
|1||Basic Technician Certificate||Form V|
|2||Technician Certificate||Form V I|
|3||Ordinary Diploma||University Year 1|
|4||Part of Higher Diploma||University Year 2|
|5||Higher Diploma||University Year 3|
|6||Bachelor Degree||BSc Degree|
A credit is an award made to learners in recognition of learning achievement, expressed through estimation of notional (average) learning time.
A notional time is a period spent by an average student in learning about something towards realizing a learning outcome.
1 credit = 10 notional hours.
NACTE Credit System
|NTA Level||Minimum Total Credits||Min CurrentNTA Level Credits||Max Credits From LowestNTA Level|
|5||120||120||0 (NTA 4)|
|6||240||120||30 (NTA 5)|
|7||360||120||30 (NTA 5)|
|8||480||120||30 (NTA 5)|
|9||180||150||30 (NTA 8)|
|10||540||360||30 (NTA 8)|