This glossary of terms intends to provide the TESDA key players, partners, and stakeholders an online and updated TVET information, concepts, to bring common understanding and clarification on the use of TESDA terminologies.

2022 TVET Glossary of Terms


aims to resonate with the TESDA's commitment to supporting the basic and marginalized sectors and special clients in order to enable them to engage in gainful and productive economic activity

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 001 s. 2019)

a document describing the way in which the work is to be carried out. It may define the materials, tools, time, and standard.

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 59 s. 2017)

refers to a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits believed to be critically important to success in today's world, particularly in contemporary careers and workplaces. It includes Learning and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Information Management, Entrepreneurship, Life-Long Learning and Career Skills, Environment Literacy, Occupational Safety and Health, Communication, and Teamwork and Collaboration. 

Source: Competency Standards, Basic Competencies Integrated with 21st Century Skills, as referenced TESDA Circular No. 073, s. 2021
  • refers to the number of trainees that a TVI can accommodate in a whole year based on the training schedules prepared by the TVI depending on the available physical facilities, workshops, including the tools and equipment, and the number of qualified trainers (TESDA Circular No. 018, s. 2021)
  • refers to the number of trainees that a TVI can accommodate at one time per batch based on Training Regulation requirements on physical facilities, tools and equipment, and a number of trainers. This includes existing/ongoing scholarship programs with other government agencies and other funding organizations. (TESDA Circular No. 001 s. 2019)

Source: -

refers to the part of society, especially universities, that is connected with studying and thinking.  

Source: (Cambridge Dictionary)
Academic Calendar

serves as an information source and planning document for students, faculty, staff, and other TVET stakeholders.  This may include the schedule of all technical and higher education institutions' events that occur in an academic year.  These events may consist of examination dates, the start of the semester, mid-year break, the last day of the semester, dates of vacation, and holidays.

Source: as cited in TESDA Circular No. 021, s. 2023

the term ‘academic drift’ describes the influence of the attractiveness of the university status on non-university institutions that strive to acquire the same standing. It also describes a tendency of making vocational education more academic (Neave, 1996). Similarly, VET providers, especially those at the borderline of VET and HE sectors, are offering short-term tertiary cycles or are entering into cooperation with polytechnics, thus stepping into the HE field. This all forms part of the academic drift.

Source: CEDEFOP 2009
Academic Freedom

is a right of a citizen to select a profession or course of study, subject to fair, reasonable, and equitable admission and academic requirements.

Source: 1987 Philippine Constitution as cited in TESDA Circular No. 021, s. 2023
Academic Honors

refer to the recognition of outstanding academic achievement based on a certain grade point average (GPA) or marks in coursework, which can vary by institution and semester.

Source: TESDA Circular No. 021, s. 2023
Academic Load

refers to the total number of units a student/learner should register for or enroll in a particular academic term, not counting co-curriculum, basic and bridging courses.

Source: Ateneo University/Loyola Schools as cited in TESDA Circular No. 021, s. 2023

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