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.


refers to new and emerging trades or crafts in the industry without TESDA-promulgated Training Regulations (TRs) as determined and recommended by local and international industry bodies/associations resulting from local and international researches/studies, authenticated labor market information/publications, among others that have current or forecasted employment opportunities. These include local in-demand trades of crafts in the local industry that are not identified as key employment generators but have existing employment opportunities evidenced by job orders or authenticated job vacancies or assurance of employment from the industries.

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 3, s. 2018

refers to the programs registered under UTPRAS not covered by any Training Regulations. 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 089, s. 2018)

is any organized, systematic education activity carried outside the framework of the formal system to provide selected types of learning to a segment of the population. This shall also cover learning outcomes derived from professional development in the practice of profession which leads to qualifications. 

Source: (IRR of RA No. 10968)

occupations in which certain groups are under-represented; usually applies to so-called male or female occupations.  

Source: (NCVER 2013, Australia)
  • the type of work a person does to earn his/her living.  (PSA)
  • refers to a kind of work performed within a job. A set of jobs whose main tasks and duties are characterized by a high degree of similarity. (ILO)

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refers to a person whose duties, not being clerical or manual nature, involve the exercise of discretion in the performance of the functions of the government. It includes any government employee, agent, or body having authority to do any act or perform a particular function in the exercise of government power.

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 123 s. 2020)

refers to a philosophy of learning that is based on the flexibility of access for equity in education, an educational system accessible to every individual with minimal restrictions and emphasizing the flexibility of the system to eradicate problems caused by barriers like age, geographical location, time constraints, and economic situation.

Source: (RA 10650) (TESDA Circular No. 104 s. 2019)

the number of employees or workers who can be permitted or required to physically report to work on-site in a particular agency of the government, generally expressed as a percentage of the total workforce in such agency. 

Source: (Memorandum Circular No. 79 Office of the President of the Philippines) (TESDA Circular No. 063-B s. 2020)

it can arise as a result of a situation favorable to achieving an intended result; can be referred to as positive effects of Risks; can lead to the adoption of new practices, addressing new customers, building partnerships, using new technology and other desirable and viable possibilities to address the organization's or its customer's needs. 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 017 s. 2018)

a comprehensive examination and restoration of an item, or a major part thereof, to an acceptable condition. 

Source: (TESDA Circular No. 59 s. 2017)

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