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


are expendable commodities which are normally consumed within a year in connection with government operations. 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 018 s. 2018)


is a new interdisciplinary area that involves the application of engineering principles to biology. It aims at the (re-)design and fabrication of biological components and systems that do not already exist in the natural world. Synthetic biology combines chemical synthesis of DNA with growing knowledge of genomics to enable researchers to quickly manufacture catalogued DNA sequences and assemble them into new genomes. Improvements in the speed and cost of DNA synthesis are enabling scientists to design and synthesize modified bacterial chromosomes that can be used in the production of advanced biofuels, bio-products, renewable chemicals, bio-based specialty chemicals (pharmaceutical intermediates, fine chemicals, food ingredients), and in the health care sector as well. (Bio, 2018)

Source: (Bio, 2018)

is the highest policymaking body in TVET primarily responsible for formulating, continuing, coordinating and fully integrating technical education and skills development policies, plans and programs in the country. 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 41 s. 2018)

a program that seeks to support rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth through course offerings in priority industries and key employment generators (KEGs). The program is addressing poverty reduction through TVET for Global Competitiveness and TVET for Job Readiness). 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 001 s. 2019)
  • a place of instruction, with training facilities, structures, and equipment. (Train Lead Develop (TLD) Consulting) It refers to any of the following:
  1. Community-based – TVET programs conducted by Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Local Government Units (LGUs), training centers and other TVET providers which are intended to address the specific needs of a community, which may be delivered in an informal and formal setting in the community. This includes the Mobile Training and extension programs of public and private TVIs.  These are programs implemented with TESDA assistance.
  2. Enterprise-based - Refers to TVET programs delivered in the enterprise which maybe in-plant or stand alone, or maybe linked with a training provider. These programs are offered to industry group or to enterprises employees and individuals.
  3. Institution-based – TVET programs take place in the training institutions, schools or centers. This includes TESDA Technology Institutions (TTIs), private Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) and other public TVIs such as: State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Local Colleges and Universities (LUCs), Higher Education (HEIs), and training centers established by the Local Government Unit (LGU), private enterprise, and Non -Government Organization (NGO).
  4. Monitored Program - skills training programs that have TVET component conducted by other National Government Agencies and other skills training that have to be reported to TESDA.     (Memorandum No. 181 s., 2019)

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refers to the shared administration of the education system by the three (3) agencies responsible for each education level: Department of Education (DepEd) for basic education; the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for technical-vocationaleducation and training; and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for higher education.

Source: (IRR of RA No. 10968)

is the confirmation process made by the Portfolio Assessor to ensure that learning outcomes or competencies acquired by the applicant have been assessed against standards set in enhanced competency assessment tools and rubrics for portfolio assessment. 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 47 s. 2018)

referring 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.

Source: (Competency Standards, Basic Competencies Integrated with 21st Century Skills)

Addictive manufacturing (AM) also known as 3D-printing, refers to processes used to create a 3-dimensional product in which a computer control assembles materials into layers. Products can be in any form or size and shape from a 3D model. Unlike material carved and removed from a series of conventional machining process, 3D printing or AM creates a three-dimensional object from a computer-aided design (CAD) file by sequence adding material layer by layer.

Source: (Dadios,E.P., Preparing the Philippines for the Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Scoping Study Discussion Paper (2018-11)

fifth-generation wireless, or 5G is engineered to greatly increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks. 5 G Wi-FI connections give download speeds 100 times faster than 3G

Source: (TechTarget Network, 2018, April)

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