The QCTO is responsible for the four kinds of historically registered qualifications on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF), namely:

  • Unit standard-based Qualifications: qualifications made out of unit standards
  • Non unit standard-based qualifications: qualifications that are outcomes based
  • Provider-based qualifications: qualifications that are linked to specific providers
  • National N Certificate ( N4-N6) and National Diploma: qualifications offered by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges (TVETs) and private colleges

The QCTO has begun a process to fast track the realignment of historically registered qualifications into occupational qualifications.


The realignment process focuses on certain historically registered qualifications that had not been included in the current processes of developing occupational qualifications utilising the QCTO model.

The realignment process is aimed at converting historically registered qualifications that had not yet received attention in the conversion process into occupational qualifications. The realignment process does not include the NATED Report Part Qualifications (N4 – N6 Programmes) as these have their own reconstruction process.

Only the historically registered qualifications that have been identified by industry are and will be considered in the realignment process into occupational qualifications.

For more information on the realignment project, click here.