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What is an Occupational Qualification?

An Occupational Qualification is associated with a trade, occupation or profession. It results from work-based learning which consists of three components – knowledge, practical skills and work experience modules. The final assessment takes place in the form a national External Integrated Summative Assessment (EISA). This single national assessment ensures that the EISA is standardized, consistent and credible. In order to access the EISA, learners need to have met the requirements of the knowledge, practical and workplace experience modules.

The purpose of an occupational qualification is to qualify a person to practice an occupation, rather than in a field of learning. Occupational standards specify what a person should know and do in order to effectively carry out the functions of a particular job.

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