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    Criteria for the approval of an Assessment Quality Partner

    The QCTO will appoint an entity as an assessment quality partner only if it is satisfied that the entity has: i.      The necessary expertise, experience and standing in relation to the occupational qualifications or foundational learning for which the assessment quality partner is appointed; and ii.      the resources necessary to perform its functions In terms of clause of the QCTO Delegation Policy, 22 June 2011 the criteria have been defined in detail as follows: i.     be  recommended  to  the  QCTO  by  the  relevant      DQP  during  the occupational                           development  process at a point  when they submit  an occupational profile. Possible evidence: letter of recommendation from [...]



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    About the QCTO 

    Quality Council for Trades & Occupations

    The QCTO is one of the three Quality Councils provided for in the National Qualifications Framework Act (NQF Act No. 67 of 2008).

    The QCTO was established under the Skills Development Act as amended in 2008 and became operational on the 1st April 2010 following the publication of Government Gazette No 33059, 1st April 2010

    1. Vision

      QCTO vision is to qualify a skilled and capable workforce.

    2. Mission

      The QCTO’s mission is to effectively and efficiently manage the occupational qualifications sub-framework in order to set standards, develop and quality assure national occupational qualifications for all who want a trade or occupation and, where appropriate, professions.

    3. Values

    Innovation and Excellence

      We rise to opportunities and challenges, we continuously learn, we are innovative and we consistently produce work of distinction and fine quality, on time, and in line with our clients’ needs.

    Empowerment and Recognition

      • We enable people to make things happen, we encourage and support one another when and where needed, and we celebrate successful accomplishment of work.


    Respect and Dignity

      We value and show consideration for all the people we work with, treat one another with kindness and thoughtfulness, and embrace inclusivity.

    Ethics and Integrity

      We embrace and practice a moral code of trustworthiness, honesty and truthfulness in everything we say and do, and we honour our promises and commitments.

    Ownership and Accountability

      We take ownership of our responsibilities and we answer for our decisions and actions.


      We protect the public by issuing authentic, quality qualifications.

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    Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value Criteria

    Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value Criteria

    1. An employer must, in order to eliminate unfair discrimination, take steps to eliminate differences in terms of conditions of employment, including remuneration, of employees who perform work of equal value if those differences are directly or indirectly based on a listed ground or any arbitrary ground that is prohibited by the act.

    2. Without limiting sub regulation1, and employer must ensure that employees are not paid different remuneration for work of equal value based on race, gender or disability.

    Meaning of work or equal value

    Meaning of work or equal value

    For the purposes of these regulatings, the work performed by an employee:
    a) is the same as the work of another employee of the same employer, if their work is identical or interchangeable.
    b) is substantially the same as the work of another employee employed by that employer, if the work performed by the employees is sufficiently similar that they can resasonably be considered to be performing the same job, even if their work is not identical or interchangeable.
    c) is of the same value as the work of another employee of the same employer in a differnt job, if their respective occupations are accorded the same value in accordance with regulations.