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


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)

a group of people in a certain locality such as indigenous people, farmers, former rebels, and other groups, who are the targets of TESDA's community-based training programs. 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 088 s. 2020)

contains the result of assessment of the candidate/s based on the assessment criteria computed in percentage in terms of performance, experience, education, training, management competence, (for executive, managerial and supervisory positions only) demonstrated competence and commitment to work, potential interview, and written examination. 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 119 s. 2019)
  • the acquired knowledge, skills and attitude in accordance to the standard performance in the workplace.
  • the possession and application of knowledge, skills and attitudes to the standard of performance required in the workplace (TESDA Circular No. 059, s. 2020)
  • the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required for the performance and is conducted by the supervisor. (TESDA-OP-AS-01)
  • the observable and vital knowledge, skills and attitude which are translation of capabilities deemed essential for organizational success. (CSC Competency Model Building Intervention, as cited in TESDA Circular No. 119 s. 2019)

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  • defines the knowledge, skills, and values required for competent performance in the industry. (TESDA Circular No. 41, s. 2017)
  • a specification of performance determined by the organization which sets out the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to operate effectively in employment. Competency standards are made up of units of competency, which are themselves made up of elements of competency, together with performance criteria, a range of variables, and an evidence guide. (TESDA Circular No. 119, s. 2019) (TESDA-OP-AS-0)
  • refer to the industry-determined specification of competencies required for effective work performance.  They are expressed as outcomes and they focus on workplace activity rather than training or personal attributes and capture the ability to apply skills in new situations and changing work organization. (TR Framework  per TESDA Board Resolution No. 2014-04)

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refers to a system by which the learner is trained on the basis of demonstrated ability.

Source: (R.A. 11230)

any freely given, specific, informed indication of will, whereby the data subject agrees to the collection and processing of his or her personal, sensitive personal, or privileged information. The consent shall be evidenced by written, electronic, or recorded means. It may also be given on behalf of a data subject by a lawful representative or an agent specifically authorized by the data subject to do so.

Source: (TESDA Data Privacy Manual version 1.0 s. 2020)

an outcome of an event affecting objectives (e.g. per GAA and OPCR) and compliance to legal requirements and set standards (e.g. per Citizen Charter).

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 133 s. 2019)

refers to an autonomous association of persons duly registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), with a common bond of interest, whose members have voluntarily joined together to achieve their social, economic, and cultural needs and aspirations by making equitable contributions to the capital required, patronizing their products and services, and accepting a fair share of the risks and benefits of the undertaking in accordance with universally-accepted cooperative principles.

Source: (Article 3 of R.A. No. 9520, an Act Amending the Cooperative Code of the Philippines)

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