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Baka may natatagong talent! Lapeña urges professionals to take TESDA’s assessment

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Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Isidro Lapeña is inviting professionals to take online portfolio assessment for free, as this could help them get National Certificates (NC).

“A portfolio assessment is one of the ways wherein the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is being considered. One can have the RPL through work experiences that can be compared to skills training of tech-voc (technical-vocational) students,” Lapeña told the Philippine News Agency in an interview.

He added that the basis for the assessment for tech-voc graduates, and the ones for professionals, are just the same.

“The only difference is that the portfolio assessment for professionals should be for those with at least five years of work experience, and those in distant places like the OFWs (overseas Filipino workers),” he said.

The portfolio assessment, he said, is open to all qualifications or jobs with TESDA training regulations and equivalent assessment tool.

An applicant who would pass to get an NC could use this certificate to look for jobs. “For example, an applicant would be assessed in the Caregiver NC II category. He or she could apply as caregiver abroad (if he or she passes or qualifies),” he remarked.

Lapeña said it may take two weeks to one month for an applicant to know the result of the assessment. This is because the documents submitted must be examined and verified thoroughly. Applicants should submit complete documents.

The process would involve evaluation of documents, transmitting these documents to employers or schools for verification, evaluation of documents by an assessor, deliberation among at least three panels of assessors, encoding and issuance of electronic copy of NC, Lapeña said.

Those interested may send inquiries to portfolio.assessment@tesda.gov.ph.

TESDA started accepting virtual applications for portfolio assessments in November 2019, but only for fishery, tourism, and agriculture sectors. For all sectors, the virtual portfolio assessment started on May 21, 2020, Lapeña said. (PNA)

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