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.

Applied Research
refers to studies conducted to solve real-world problems, as opposed to studies that are carried out to develop a theory or to extend basic knowledge. Examples include action research and evaluation research which includes data analysis
Source: TESDA Circular No. 068, s. 2022
a person undergoing training for an approved apprenticeable occupation during an established period assured by an apprenticeship agreement.
Source: RA No. 7796, TESDA Law
Apprenticeable Occupation
an occupation officially endorsed by a tripartite body and approved for apprenticeship by TESDA. 
Source: RA No. 7796, TESDA Law refers to trades, occupations and qualifications approved for apprenticeship by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) which requires for proficiency more than three months of practical training on the job supplemented by related theoretical instructions.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 120 s. 2020
refers to training within employment with compulsory related theoretical instructions involving a contract between an apprentices and an employer on a approved apprenticeable occupation for a duration not exceeding six (6) months.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 120 s. 2020
Apprenticeship Agreement
a contract wherein a prospective employer binds himself to train the apprentice who, in turn, accepts the terms/conditions of training for a recognized apprenticeable occupation emphasizing the rights, duties, and responsibilities of each party.
Source: RA No. 7796, TESDA Law
Area-Based and Demand-Driven TVET
responsive to the critical needs defined by the industries and employers to produce rightfully skilled workers in specific area or locality.
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Area-Based Skills Map
refers to the compilation of the skills requirements culled from different references and mapping of the availability of TVET programs vis-a-vis the industry requirements in the areas which also include emerging skills and soft skills requirements
Source: TESDA Circular 101, s. 2021
Area-Based Skills Requirement
refers to skills, essential competencies and behavior that responds to labor market needs defined by the relevant industries and employers at regional and provincial level. As labor market needs vary from one area to the other, the national level skills requirements include the summary of the regional and provincial skills requirements and those skills identified and required at the national level.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 001 s. 2021
Area/Environment Scanning
refers to the possession and utilization of information about trends, competitive advantage, technologies, clients, economic activities, labor supply, and related legislations in an area
Source: as cited in TESDA Circular No. 039, s. 2023
refers to a process that allows students to make the smooth transition from one (1) course, program, or education level to the next without experiencing duplication of learning.
Source: RA No. 10647, IRR of the Ladderized Education Act of 2014

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