Fourteen (14) officials from the Nepalese National Skills Testing Board (NTSB), Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), Nepal Vocational Qualifications System Project, and private sector immersed at a customized training on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Management at CPSC’s Headquarters in Manila from February 5 until 16, 2018.
This customized program was organized by CPSC with assistance from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the lead TVET agency in the Philippines. It served as a platform for officials from Nepal to be exposed to various systems and practices related to recognition of prior learning management. It was also organized in anticipation of Nepal’s transition towards the implementation of the National Vocational Qualifications Authority. As it is new in the field, officials were interested to learn from other countries who have successfully implemented vocational qualifications system and skills testing with RPL approach and its certification and management through CPSC’s guidance.
The program aimed to discuss the national competency assessment systems of the Philippines and RPL system of Sri Lanka and their implementation mechanisms to assess applicability to the Nepalese TVET system. The program included a discussion of both countries’ competency assessment, certification and best practices on the implementation of RPL. A review of the RPL Handbook developed at NSTB/NVQS was also conducted. At the end of the program, the participants prepared a Program Report and Re-Entry Action Plan that will serve as a guide to their respective institutions in implementing RPL framework in Nepal.
Program supervision and management was spearheaded by CPSC’s Director General who is also from Nepal, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane. Program coordination was facilitated by Dr. H. Chithral Ambawatte, CPSC Faculty Consultant while additional resources were provided by Ms. Therese Tan Lee, CPSC Faculty Specialist and Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Faculty Consultant, and Mr. Felix Sibal, CPSC ICT Officer.
Additional resources from TESDA were delivered by Ms. Maria Susan P. Dela Rama, Executive Director of the TESDA Certification Office; Ms. Nelie A. Llovido, Division Chief (Chief TESD Specialist) of the Competency Assessment Division; Mr. Oscar Ruma, Jr., TESD II Specialist of the Competency Assessment Division, and Ms. Mercedes E. Javier, Acting Chief Supervising TESD Specialist.
In addition to classroom lectures and workshops specifically designed to incorporate competency assessment models to real-life situations, the program also included study visits to several TVET institutes such as the TESDA Women’s Center, Human Resource Development Institute, International Training Center for Hospitality and Jacobo Z. Gonzales Memorial School for Arts and Trades. These visits were arranged to further provide real-life demonstrations of implemented RPL mechanisms to give them a good grasp of the planned implementation of qualification and certifications systems back in Nepal.