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


an individual accredited  by TESDA to assess the competencies of a candidate for certification.

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 41, s. 2017)
  • refers to any workplace registered as sole-priorietorship, partnership, corporation, cooperative, foundation, organization, and other private enterprise, which, under the DTS, can offer conducive avenue and adequate resources for workplace learning in specific qualifications. (Amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of the DTS Act of 1994 (RA 7686)
  • a private firm duly recognized and authorized by TESDA to implement the DTS Program/DTP together with a partner technical vocational institution. (TESDA Circular No. 054 s. 2019)

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refers to a public or private school, training center, enterprise-based training center and other learning facilities duly recognized and authorized byTESDA to participate in the dual system and therefore are entitled to avail of the incentives provided for by the DTS Act. 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 054 s. 2019)

the person who is appointed or designated to be the overall manager of a TESDA Technology Institution.

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denotes the entire body of organized educational processes, whatever the content, level, and method, whether formal or otherwise, whether they prolong or replace initial education in schools, colleges, and universities, as well as in apprenticeship, whereby persons regarded as adult by the society to which they belong develop their abilities, enrich their knowledge, improve their technical or professional qualifications, or turn them in a new direction and bring about changes in their attitudes and behavior in the two-fold perspective of full personal development and participation in balanced and independent social, economic and cultural development.

Source: (UNESCO)

the proportion (in percent) of adult population (15 years old and above) who can read and write to total adult population.  

Source: (PSA)

an airship or dirigible balloon is a type of lighter-than-air aircraft that can navigate through the air under its own power. Aerostats gain their lift from a large gas bags filled with a lifting gas that is less than the surrounding air.   

Source: (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2018)
  •  the art and science of helping adults to learn. (AVETRA 2002, Australia)
  • a set of adult learning principles, including: (i) the learner’s need to know; (ii) self-concept of the learner; (iii) prior experience of the learner; (iv) readiness to learn; (v) orientation to learning; and (vi) motivation to learn. (OECD 2013, Chile)

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a person undergoing training for an approved apprenticeable occupation during an established period assured by an apprenticeship agreement.

Source: (RA 7796/TESDA Law)

an occupation officially endorsed by a tripartite body and approved for apprenticeship by TESDA.  

Source: (RA 7796/TESDA Law)

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