In terms of the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act 97 of 1998), the QCTO accredits assessment centres to conduct the External Integrated Summative Assessment (EISA) for specified occupational qualifications, part-qualifications, and trades. EISA is a single, national assessment which leads to competent learners being awarded Occupational Certificates. It is an integral and critical component of QCTO’s quality assurance system, as it ensures that the assessment of occupational qualifications, part-qualifications is standardised, consistent and credible.
The QCTO accredited assessment centres are responsible for ensuring the integrity and quality of EISA and certification for occupational qualifications and trades. Only accredited assessment centres may deliver assessments for QCTO certification.
Workplace approvals are another delegated function of the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) by the QCTO. Workplace approvals ensure that the relevant training plans for structured theory and practical work are adhered to. It is important as the learners are required to be placed at approved workplaces that meet certain criteria.