September 19, 2018

More than 1.2 million users have registered for the online program being offered by the Technical Education and Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) for more than six years now.

The TESDA Online Program (TOP) has now reached 1,223,857 registered users.  Of these, 894,390 have enrolled in various courses and at least 441,052 of them have completed an online course.

TESDA Director General/Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong says that the TOP was launched in May 2012 to make technical education more accessible to Filipino citizens through the use of information and communication technologies.

"It aims to bring technical education one click away from students, out-of-school youth, unemployed adults and overseas Filipino workers," says Mamondiong.

As of August 2018, the TOP offers 58 online courses from different industry sectors.  The most popular courses for the last three years are Basic Computer Operation (Intel Easy Steps), Web Development using HTML5 and CSS3, Preparing Cakes, Provide Housekeeping Services to Guests and the STAR Online Training Program.

In the traditional face-to-face learning, students are required to be physically present in the Training Center in order to be trained.  While TESDA school-based programs are offered for free, others costs such as transportation and food allowances are taken directly from the students' pockets.  But with TOP, these costs can be reduced dramatically by taking the courses online.

The online courses available in the TOP are also offered for free, allowing the students to enroll in multiple classes at the same time.