TVET Glossary of Terms

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.

2019 TVET Glossary of Terms


refers to a document issued by TESDA to a concerned Technical Vocational Institution (TVI) as a manifestation that the diploma which the said institution is offering is duly recognized by TESDA for pilot implementation or within the three-year transition period of the diploma program pursuant TESDA Circular No. 38 s. 2017.

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 092 s. 2019)

refers to a document issued by TESDA to a concerned Technical Vocational Institution (WI) as a manifestation that the TVET program which the said institution is offering complies with the minimum requirements or standards prescribed by TESDA.

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 60 s. 2018)

a formal process of recognizing that an individual is qualified in terms of particular knowledge, skills and attitudes based on industry standards.

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 15, s. 2015)

the proportion (in percent) of persons who passed the national competency assessment to the total who took competency assessment for or within a given period.

Source: (2005 IACES)
CERTIFICATION, AUTHENTICATION AND VERIFICATION (CAV) a procedure wherein documents are authenticated and certified as authentic by TESDA and conforms to the service standards set by the authentication process of the Office of Consular Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Source: (Memorandum of Agreement on Issuance of CAV)

is an association or network of business people designed to promote and protect the interest of its members. It is also known as “board of trade” and is often made up of a group of business owners that share a locale and interest but can also be international scope. They do not have a direct role in creating laws and regulations, though they maybe effective in influencing regulators and legislators with their organized lobbying efforts. 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 085, s. 2018)

refers to programs or activities contributory to the general welfare ans the betterment of life for the members of the community or the enhancement of its facilities, especially those devoted to improving health, education, environment, entrepreneurship, safety, recreation and morals of the citizenry.

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 078, s. 2019)

classified to seven categories, namely:

a.  work for private household – these are employed persons working in a private household for pay, in cash or in kind;

b.  work for private establishment – these are persons working in a private establishment for pay, in cash or in kind. This category includes not only persons working for a private industry but also those working for a religious group, missionary, unions, and non-profit organizations. Examples of persons working for a private establishment are public transport drivers who do not own the vehicle but drive them on boundary basis, persons working in public works projects on private contractors, dock hands or stevedores, cargo handlers in railroad station or piers, etc.;

c.  work for government/government corporation – these are persons working for the government or a government corporation or any of its instrumentalities. This category of worker includes the following workers: chaplains in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Filipinos working in embassies, legation, chancelleries or consulates of foreign government in the Philippines and those working in international organizations of Sovereign States of Governments like the United nations (UN), World health Organization (WHO), etc.;

d.  self-employed – these are persons who operate their own businesses or trades and do not employ paid workers in the conduct of their economic activities. This category includes workers who worked purely on commission basis and who may not have regular working hours;

e.  employers – these are persons who employ one or more paid employees in the operation of their businesses or trades. Thus, domestic helpers, family drivers and other household helpers who assist in the family-operated business, regardless of time spent in this activity, are not hired employees in the enterprise/business. A farm or business proprietor who is assisted purely by such domestic help is not also considered an employer;

f. worked with pay on own-family operated farm or business – members of the family who receive cash or fixed share of the produce as payment for their services in a farm or business operated by another member living in the same household; and

g.  worked without pay on own-family farm or business – members of the family who assist another member in the operation of the family farm or business enterprise and who do not receive any wage or salary for their work.

Source: (NSO)

to reduce contamination to an acceptable condition. 

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

refers to program/s that were closed/delisted due to closure of TVls, non-compliance with deficiency/ies after the prescribed period, or non-migration within the prescribed period. The program shall be reported closed after completion of closure proceedings.

Source: (TESDA-OP-CO-02 Rev. 00)

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