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QCTO Assessment Quality Partner (AQP) principles and values

The following principles and values have been taken into consideration during the development of these criteria and guidelines for becoming an AQP:The following principles and values have been taken into consideration during the development of these criteria and guidelines for becoming an AQP: External Assessment systems and processes must: be fair, reliable, valid, ethical and transparent; be consistent across time, place, role players and respond to a non-sectoral demand-led model; use methodologies that are fit-for-purpose and reflect a consistent level of higher  cognitive challenge;  avoid tendencies of exclusivity; adhere to the QCTO values which show: i. innovation and excellence ii. em[...]

What is the QCTO

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What is the QCTO

The QCTO will manage and  coordinate the qualifications in the occupational qualifications  framework  in terms  of their development, provision,  assessment and  impact.  Its scope will be the development and  quality assurance of fit-for-purpose  occupational qualifications and  unit standards as required by the labour  market  for work and  employment purposes.

The QCTO will develop fit-for-purpose  occupational qualifications that will be certificated as National  Occupational Awards  or National  Skills Certificates. The awards will name the relevant occupation that the learner is now competent to practice. The focus  of occupational qualifications will be the development of occupational competence which, in turn, contributes to increased employment rates and  productivity.

The envisaged structure and  functions  of the QCTO reflect a new approach to quality assurance, in which quality assurance permeates all activities  and  is not seen as a separate function. This model  was  developed in response to appeals to bring qualifications development and  quality assurance ‘under one  roof’.

The quality assurance of the learning  process for the QCTO’s qualifications can be visualised as a structure in which the roof is supported by two pillars: design and  development on the one  side,  and  the assessment of occupational competence on the other.  The system is quality managed from the overarching ‘roof’, representing monitoring  and  evaluation through  data  analysis and research. This entire  structure illustrates the quality-assurance model.