The Quality Council for trades and occupations (QCTO) was established in 2010 in terms of section 26g of the Skills Development Act of 1998 as a juristic person. it was listed as a public entity in government gazette No 33900 of 31 December 2010 effective from 1 April 2010 to establish the Sub-Framework for trades and occupations. the QCTO is responsible for the development, maintenance and quality assurance of qualifications within its sub-framework.
The Quality Council for trades and occupations (QCTO) manages the occupational Qualifications Sub-framework (OQSF). the purpose of the QCTO is to ensure quality in the development, provision and certification of occupational qualifications.
The QCTO was established to perform certain functions which include but are not limited to the following:
- Design and develop occupational standards and qualifications and submit them to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for registration on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF);
- Ensure the quality of occupational standards and qualifications and learning in and for the workplace.