The Role of the Assessment & Certification Department:

Reference to the BTVET Act 2008 and in relation with the BTVET strategic plan 2012/2022
and the DIT strategic plan 2011/2015 the Assessment and Certification Department (ACD) is responsible for;

1.1.1 Procedures for Accrediting an Assessment Centre
a) Accreditation and Inspection Fees
The industrial Training Council will finalise a policy and determine the rate an accredited centre is liable to pay. The nature and frequency of subscription will be regulated by the assessment and standards committee of the Council. Currently application forms for inspection are sold at UGX 10,000.
b) Before a centre is accredited by DIT
The following parameters are a requisite for a centre to qualify for inspection and subsequent accreditation as an assessment centre. They include;
  • The institution must be registered with BTVET department or UGAPRIVI as a licensed BTVET training provider.
  • For the enterprise, it must be registered with the registrar of companies and has a valid operational license.
  • The registration certificate in both cases above is a basis for qualifying an applicant centre to be inspected for accreditation as an assessment centre.
  • The institution/enterprise should be in possession of a fulfilling environment for assessment of candidates. Besides the general infrastructure, the centre should have adequately equipped production shops to support assessment exercise in the relevant occupation. And these comprises of desirable machinery, equipment, tools and materials (as per ATP specifications and number of candidates); either available at centre or proof that the centre can access them through collaborative partnership with industrial establishment and networking with centres within its proximity.
  • The accredited centre is obliged to have capacity of qualified human resource to implement the assessment guidelines.
1.1.2 Guidelines for Accreditation of Assessment Centres

i. Interested centres and companies apply for accreditation directly to DIT (using DIT application form).

ii. The Technical Sector Committee responsible for particular sector-occupation validates and recommends successful applications.

iii. On-site inspection visits are conducted by DIT inspection team to verify/ analyse the assessment environment (team comprises of technical experts of relevant occupation applied for).

iv. DIT communicates feedback to applicant centres within a reasonable time frame specifying;

(a) whether accredited

(b) not accredited

(c) recommendation of possible improvements/remedial requirements for unsatisfactory findings.

v. DIT invites the successful centre to conclude an accreditation contract (including reporting obligations and ethical values).

vi. The centre is then issued a UVQF assessment registration certificate indicating centre number and specified duration in any of the following formats;

  • UVQF/0001 (for full occupational assessments leading to the award of national certificates and diplomas.
  • MAC/0001 (for the partial qualification award in the form of either a modular transcript or a Worker’sPAS).

vii. Appointed centre verifiers periodically monitor performance of Accredited Assessment Centre(s).

viii.The accreditation is withdrawn from the centre on detection of evidence based breach of the operational agreement.

ix. Contracts are renewable after expiry period and on basis of empirical evidence of maintained centre standards.

1.2.1 Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework (UVQF) Summary of Generic Level Descriptors
Level Generic descriptor Comparable qualifications
5 Ability to acquire broad range of specialized knowledge and skills to interpret technical information, modify concepts and current practices/procedures and perform complex technical operations within unpredictable work contexts, undertake activities with high degree of autonomy checked on results by superiors, with high degree of resources control and managerial performance. Higher Diploma (HD)
4 Ability to acquire varied range of specialized knowledge and skills to interpret technical information, modify and perform complex technical operations within broad scope of work and varied structured contexts, undertake activities with substantial degree of autonomy checked on results by superiors, with substantial degree of resources control and managerial performance. Ordinary Diploma (OD)
3 Ability to apply broad range of knowledge and skills to perform complex and broad scope of work within unpredictable and varied structured contexts, undertake activities as a ‘working supervisor’ with substantial degree of autonomy checked on results by superiors, ability to find technical solutions and may make proposals to modify technical operations, with moderate degree of resources control and managerial performance. Certificate III
2 Ability to apply moderate range of knowledge and skills to perform less complex and moderate scope of work within a non-routine and occasionally varied structured contexts, undertake directed activities with some degree of autonomy while working in a team, with limited degree of resources control and able to find simple technical solutions. Certificate II
1 Ability to apply basic range of knowledge and skills to perform simple and narrow scope of work within routine and uniform structured contexts, including working with others under direct supervision, usually with no degree of resources control and/or requirement to find technical solutions (for formal employment) or limited if self employed.. Certificate I
Elementary/ Entry level (partial Qualification) Ability to apply limited range of knowledge and skills to perform specific and simple work tasks within routine and uniform structured contexts, including working with others under direct supervision, usually with no degree of resources control and/or requirement to find technical solutions (for formal employment) or limited if self employed.Note: Elementary/ entry level abilities will be awarded a partial qualification based on modular assessment and certification. 1. Worker’sPAS Uganda 2. Transcript
1.2.2 UVQF Awards and Recognition of Certificates
The Directorate of Industrial Training awards Certificates and Diplomas for the Business, Technical or Vocational Education and Training conducted under the Uganda Vocational Qualification Framework (UVQF).
i) The certificates and diplomas awarded to successful candidates in relation to the evidence adduced of their respective competences are in the form prescribed by the Minister on the recommendation of the Council. ii)The law provides that the Certificates and Diplomas awarded by DIT are recognized in the Uganda education system and by the labour market. iii) The DIT awards include certificates, pass slips and transcripts of the following categories;
  • UVQF Transcript (Partial qualification) credit transfer system
  • UVQF worker’s Pass (Validation of skills acquired through non-formal learning and on job experience)
  • UVQF level I Certificate
  • UVQF level II Certificate
  • UVQF level III Certificate
  • UVQF level IV equated to Diploma award
  • Trade Test Grade II (phased in the UVQF Level I awards with effect from year 2009)
  • Trade Test Grade I (phased in the UVQF Level II awards with effect from year 2009)
  • Trade Test Master Craft (phased in the UVQF Level III awards with effect from year 2009)
  • CBET- Certificate in Vocational Training Instruction (CVTI) for BTVET instructors
  • CBET- Diploma in Vocational Training Instruction (DVTI) for BTVET instructors
  • CBET- Diploma in Training Institution Management (DTIM) for heads of BTVET training institutions.