CBA is the process of collecting evidence and making judgments by the assessor on whether competence has been achieved or not. This confirms that an individual can perform to the standard and quality criteria expected in the workplace. The judgment in CBA is made in terms of “Competent” or “Not-Yet-Competent”.

CBA is aimed at creating a highly skilled workforce based on the needs of the industry and the workforce for greater productivity, improved customer satisfaction, credibility and competitiveness.

The term RPL refers to a broad spectrum of processes, all aimed at reaching a judgment of an individual’s personal particulars, current competencies, work and life experience, formal and/or non-formal learning assessed against transparent criteria for a variety of purposes.

The application forms could be downloaded from the NTA Website or obtained from the Assessment & Certification Division.

This is all about linkages between qualifications. It describes how progression (vertically or horizontally) from one qualification to another can occur and shows the relationships between qualifications or courses.

Credit transfer is the process through which institutions recognise and grant credits (as determined by the NQF) to learners for previously assessed and certified learning. It will ensure that learners are not required to repeat learning and will also make it quicker to achieve a qualification through advanced placement.

Competence (100% readiness) during internal assessment processes in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes against the units of competence to be assessed.

To qualify for registration as an assessor, moderator or assessment designer within the VET system, an individual must:

  • Be acquainted with the VET Act and related legislatives including Occupational Health, Safety & Environmental Standards.
  • Be regarded as a subject matter expert. It is required that an assessor/moderator/designer must have a qualification in the subject matter field of at least one level higher than the level on which the assessment would be conducted.
  • Have a minimum of four years working experience within the relevant industry.
  • Have successfully completed the prescribed assessor, moderator or assessment designer training programme through an organisation registered with the NQA, SAQA or an equivalent quality assurance body.
  • Sign and undertake to adhere to the assessor/moderator/ or assessment designer code of conduct as relevant.
  • Apply on the prescribed form to the NTA for registration on the National Register for VET Assessors, moderators or assessment designers.
  • Annually undertake initiatives to ensure that their subject-matter expertise remains​ current.


It is a prerequisite for an assessor to be qualified in assessor training program, a ​moderator to be qualified in assessor and moderator training program and assessment designer in assessor, moderator and designer training program from an accredited or registered institution

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