Thailand Gets Ready for APACC
CPSC-OVEC Thailand Series of Meetings held for Upcoming APACC Activities in December
Efforts to establish the Asia-Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) in the Kingdom of Thailand made a significant progress as several activities and meetings were held to tackle its implementation in TVET institutions in the country. Meetings between CPSC and the Office of Vocational Education Commission (OVEC), the lead government agency for TVET in Thailand were organized from May 21-29, 2015. Thailand is one of the countries which expressed its serious interest in APACC and the consultations were conducted to fast track necessary preparations for the upcoming accreditation activities in the country in December of this year.
OVEC’s Steering Committee for APACC was led by the Chairman, who is also the Director of the Bureau of Vocational Standards and Qualifications Dr. Prachakom Chantrachit and the Vice Chairman and Director of Nakornpathom Technical College Dr. Jurin Milintrasutra.
The series of meetings began with a Workshop for Final Review of the Translated APACC Manual which was held at the Riverine Palace Hotel in Bangkok from May 21-22.The workshop intended to assist the institutions in clarifying some key points and requirements indicated in the self-study report (SSR), as well as to ensure that both the commission and the accreditees are in the same level of understanding on all items. The workshop also looked into the matching of APACC criteria to the standard operating procedures of OVEC.
APACC President and CPSC Director General Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, together with Dr. Romulita C. Alto, APACC Lead Accreditor and former CPSC Faculty Consultant led the discussions about the APACC instrument and annexes. Dr. Paiboon Saiyawongs, former CPSC Short-term Faculty Consultant and APACC Special Officer in Thailand also provided his knowledge on APACC to further shed light on the concerns brought up by the attendees.
From May 27 to 29 the OVEC Directors’ quarterly meeting served as a platform to formally introduce APACC to the different vocational institutes in the country. The event was held at Pathumthani Vocational College in Rangsit, Pathumtani, Thailand and was attended by 600 technical colleges’ directors and OVEC office’s administrators.
The Minister of Education, H.E. Admiral Narong Pipattanasai delivered the Opening Remarks by which he expressed his full support and commitment in further improving TVET institutions nationwide. During the last section of the meeting about APACC, OVEC Secretary General Dr. Chaipreuk Sereerak announced that they will identify three colleges that are ready to undergo the APACC Accreditation process by December this year. Dr. Paiboon, further discussed the benefits that the institutions will gain upon receiving APACC certification and relayed his experience in handling and supervising APACC onsite activities in Malaysia.
An information and exhibition booth featuring the latest APACC materials translated in Thai was put up to further provide necessary information to the program attendees.
It is expected that the first batch of Thai technical colleges will apply for APACC accreditation in June and July 2015. The necessary preparations, including the preparation of the SSR and the staff training, will start from July until September 2015. Given this schedule, the APACC secretariat might be able to embark on onsite visit activities in the later part of this year.