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


refer to entrepreneurial business activities of whatever scale that takes place in or by the learning institutions managed by the students and supervised by technical instructors with revolving capital provided by the institution established for the purpose of providing the students the opportunity of learning business acumen and to generate income for the improvement if the institutions. 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 090 s. 2018)

refers to the condition wherein a trainer has no or insufficient industry work experience prescribed in the Training Regulation.

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 071 s. 2019)

a group of people or homogenous societies identified by self-ascription and ascription by others, who have continuously lived as organized community on communally bounded and defined territory, and who have, under claims of ownership since time immemorial, occupied, possessed customs, tradition and other distinctive cultural traits, or who have, through resistance to political, social, and cultural inroads of colonization, non-indigenous religions, and culture, become historically differentiated from the majority of Filipinos.

Source: (PSA)

is a TVET employee who works in tandem with the Training Coordinator of the Establishment who is mainly responsible for such functions a: (1)promotion and marketing to establishments of DTS programs; (2) placement od trainees in the Establishments; (3) coordination of workplace training; and (4) monitoring and evaluation of trainees’ learning performance.

Source: (Amended ImplementinG Rules and Regulations of the DTS Act of 1994 (RA 7686) (TESDA Circular No. 054, s. 2019)

is an organization of independent business units in the same branch of industry, which conducts activities cooperatively aimed at improving the welfare of the group, which does not deprive is members of the power to make essential managerial decisions. They are formed by businesses which are engaged in the same or similar trade. They are organized on a non-profit basis and formed for the protection and promotion business interests of its members.

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 085, s. 2018)
  • is a tripartite body composed of representatives from the government, industry associations within the sector and labor sector representatives established in priority industries to provide assistance in the establishment of manpower development schemes, trades and skills standards and other functions as well as provide for the direct participation of employers and workers in the fulfilment of the Authority’s objectives.  (PD 442, Labor Code of the Philippines as cited in TESDA Circular No. 085, s. 2018)
  • refers to industry organizations or industry associations recognized by TESDA according to set guidelines. (TESDA Circular No. 131 s. 2019)

Source: -

the process of deploying TVET trainers to industries/companies to enhance their skills, knowledge, and attitudes in their area of specialization to be applied to their training centers for quality TVET training.

Source: -

refers to the partner companies/enterprises of the TVI in various undertakings e.g. immersion of trainers, updating of training packages, supervised industry training, etc. As a criterion, it is the minimum number of partner enterprises/companies per CTPR. The company/enterprise includes micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 090 s. 2018)
  • details a sector’s current situation and outlines the various interventions it needs to be globally-competitive. The roadmaps are crafted by the local industries themselves with the guidance of BOI and other government agencies.
  • also serve as basis for effecting policies and implementing programs that support the development and growth of industries including government funding to support its key initiatives. 

Source: (Department of Trade and Industry-Board of Investments)

refers to the division of industry used in the Training Regulations, e.g. Automotive/Land Transport, Metals and Engineering, Construction, etc. As a criterion, it is the minimum number of industry sectors that cover all the registered program offerings of the TVI. 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 090 Series of 2018)

Page 29 of 70