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


the number of years of industry work experience required for trainers to teach in a qualification as prescribed in the Training Regulation.

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

a group composed of representatives of industry associations, organizations, TVET institutions, labor groups and concerned government agencies who are working directly with TESDA in skills planning, standards development, assessment and certification, and promotion of TVET.

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is a lifelong process of learning by which every person acquires and accumulates knowledge, skills, attitudes and insights from daily experiences at home, at play and from life itself.

Source: (IRR of RA No. 10968)

learning resulting from activities undertaken daily at work, in the family or in leisure activities. 

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

consists of units engaged in the production of goods and services with the primary objective of generating employment and income to the persons concerned in order to earn a living.

Source: (NSCB Resolution No. 15, s. 2002)

refers to person confined in jails/prisons to serve his/her sentence or for safekeeping who is officially called Person Deprived of Liberty (PDL).

Source: (Revised IRR of R.A. No. 10275)

refers to making meaningful change to improve the delivery and/or effectiveness of the program to create new value to learners and other stakeholders or change to improve the management of any part of the institution’s system that has impact on the students. Innovation involves the adoption of an idea, process, technology, and product that is new to the previous application to the program. The outcome of program innovation is breakthrough or change in results, products or process.  

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 99 s. 2019)
  • a careful and critical scrutiny of an item carried out without dismantling, by using the senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. (TESDA Circular No. 59 s. 2017)
  • refers to the actual visit to TVI to check compliance of tools, equipment, training facilities, and training implementation to TESDA Training Regulations and scholarship program guidelines and to secure documents on training implementation. (TESDA Circular No. 105 s. 2019)

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refers to those who are authorized to conduct inspection to check compliance with rules, regulations and standards set by TESDA. 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 105 s. 2019)

a TVI offering at least (9) programs in either PQF Level I, II, III, & IV and at least one (1) in PQF Level V (Diploma) program.

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

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