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.

BLOCK RELEASE SCHEME refers to the schedule wherein the student/trainee spends full time in the TVI to finish the forty (40%) percent of the training and then deployed full time in the establishment to complete the sixty (60%) percent in-plant training
Source: (TESDA Circular No. 31 s. 2012)
BLOG PAGE a website that allows collaborative and interactive learning between learners and with their teachers affiliated (or not) to the same educational institution through uploads of texts, documents, images or videos... on a specific subject(s) of pedagogical interest. From a statistical perspective, only educational institutions that have a clear policy to host such blog page are to be counted.
Source: (UNESCO Institute for Statistics,
BLUE DESK is one of the structures of the TESDA’s Job Linkaging and Networking Services which provides frontline service such as 1) client inquiries on the job vacancies/opportunities, scholarships and TVET programs. 2) Disseminate Labor Market Information (LMI) using digital and printed materials using IECs. 3) Establish linkages with the government such as PESO, DOLE or public employment office and private organizations for LMI and employment services and others. 4) Establish and maintain the database of client served and profiled. 5) Provide Post-training Career Advising and other similar activities, and 6) Refer and/or link TVET graduates to government and non-government organizations for business development support.
Source: (TESDA Circular No. 38 s. 2016)
BRIDGING COURSE a course designed to equip students to take up a new subject or course by covering the gaps between the students' existing knowledge and skills and the subject or course prerequisites and assumed knowledge.
Source: (NCVER 2013, Australia)
BUNDLED PROGRAM refers to the combination of several WTR qualifications offered as a program to produce multi-skilled graduates.
Source: (TESDA Circular No. 7 s. 2016)
BUNDLING refers to the grouping or clustering of qualifications that result in multi-qualification program and, consequently, in multi-skilled graduates. Bundling can be done either through vertical articulation (under the qualification with different national certification levels) and horizontal or lateral progression (under different qualifications within the same sector and same national qualification levels.
Source: (TESDA Circular No. 7 s. 2016)
BUNDLING OF QUALIFICATIONS a multi-qualification program intended to produce multi-skilled graduates; registered on a per qualification basis which is: (a) composed of same qualifications with different NC levels; or (b) qualifications within the same sector
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BUSINESS PROCESS OUTSOURCING (BPO) the delegation of one or more IT-intensive business processes to an external provider that, in turn, owns, administers and manages the selected process or processes based on defined and measurable performance metrics.
Source: (PSA)
CANDIDATE an individual seeking recognition of his/her competencies to acquire a certification.
Source: (TESDA Circular No. 15, s. 2015)
CANDIDATE STATUS a program that has been categorized as not yet eligible for the STAR Level Award due to the need to strengthen areas where weaknesses have been identified in the criteria. The total weighted scores of the program, which is categorized as a candidate status range from 300 to 374 points.
Source: (TESDA Circular No. 18 s. 2016)

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