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.

Certified Worker
an individual who had been assessed and certified by TESDA through the acquisition of competencies of a given qualification
Source: TESDA Circular No. 059, s. 2020
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 may be effective in influencing regulators and legislators with their organized lobbying efforts.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 085, s. 2018
Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS)
refers to programs or activities contributory to the general welfare and 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
Class of Worker
classified to seven categories, namely: work for private household – these are employed persons working in a private household for pay, in cash or in kind; 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.; 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.; 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; 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; 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 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: PSA
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
is a video surveillance camera that is installed practically everywhere for the security and safety of everyone. It also captures images of individuals or information relating to individuals. If the camera surveillance footage is of good quality, a person with the necessary knowledge will be able to reasonably ascertain the identity of an individual from the footage.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 084 s. 2020
Closed Programs
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
Closure Report
a report submitted to the National Quality Management Committee (NQMC) regarding the status of actions taken by the Auditee as per compliance of audit findings.
Source: TESDA Procedures Manual on Compliance Audit
Cluster of Units of Competency
refers to a group of competencies as defined in the Training Regulations that corresponds to a Certificate of Competency. A cluster of units of competency includes the basic, common and core competencies addressing a Certificate of Competency that can be offered as a registered program.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 107 s. 2021
a partnership of two or more organizations that agreed to manage training facilities by adhering to distinct and shared responsibilities under a formal agreement for the implementation of training and training-related functions.
Source: TESDA Memorandum dated 11/03/2001
is a  short term, task-oriented process of providing knowledge or skills in a specific area that is focused on improving performance and is conducted by the supervisor.
Source: Memorandum No. 209, s. of 2020, TESDA-OP-AS-01

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