TESDA Courses in the Philippines: Frequently Asked Questions
We get a lot of questions regarding the different TESDA courses, so for your convenience, we compiled the most frequently asked of them and listed them on this page.
Below is the list of common questions people interested in taking TESDA courses ask.
I live in _______, where I can I enroll?
TESDA courses are offered by the different Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) authorized by TESDA. To find the school or training center nearest to your place, you can use this tool from the TESDA Website. Just type in the name of the course you want then click “search.”
How much is the tuition fee?
The tuition fee depends on the school/training center offering the course. Most of the institutions directly administered or in direct partnership with TESDA offer the courses for free; private schools and training centers usually offer them for a fee. For the actual amount, it’s best if you’ll contact them directly to be sure.
When can I enroll?
The enrollment schedule, just like tuition fees and other specific rules and regulations, depends on the school/training center offering the course. For the actual schedule, it’s best if you’ll contact them directly to be sure.
How long is the training duration?
Training duration varies per course; however, you can find the minimum training duration if you click on the specific TESDA course that you are interested in. Please note that it is just the minimum training duration and might actually last longer depending on the school or training center offering the course.
What is the training schedule for this specific TESDA course?
The training schedule, just like tuition fees and other specific rules and regulations, depends on the school/training center offering the course. For the actual schedule, it’s best if you’ll contact them directly to be sure.
What are the requirements for admission?
Common requirements for TESDA courses include: copy of Birth Certificate authenticated by NSO, copy of high school or college diploma, certified True Copy of Transcript of Records, 1×1 Pictures, and Certificate of Good Moral Character.
Requirements, however, may vary depending on the institution you are going to enroll at, so we strongly suggest you get in touch with the school or training center’s official representatives for more accurate and detailed information.
Do I need to finish a certain course or undergo a certain training before I can enroll in this TESDA course?
TESDA doesn’t usually specify whether prior education or training is required to take a particular course. It’s the school/training center that usually decides if they’re going to impose additional requirements on top of the basic requirements that TESDA requires, so it’s best if you’ll contact them directly so they can give you an accurate and more detailed response.
Can I enroll in a TESDA course even if I’m not a high school graduate?
Different schools and courses have different requirements, so it’s best if you’ll check with the school or training center that offers the course to see if they require a high school diploma prior to admission.
On a side note, if you need a high school diploma but do not have the time or means to finish high school the traditional way, you might want to check our articles on the Alternative Learning System program to see if it will work for you.
Does TESDA offer any scholarship programs?
From what we know, TESDA offers scholarship programs every year; however, we’re not quite sure for which particular courses and how many slots are available. For that it’s best if you’ll contact TESDA directly so they can give you a more accurate and detailed response.
How can I get a TESDA certificate?
To get a TESDA certificate, you’ll need to pass the assessment exam for the skill you’re trying to get certified in. For example, those who want to become certified welders can take the assessment exams for any of the welding-related courses that TESDA offers. Depending on your skills, you can choose to take the NC I, II, III, or IV exam.
What does NC mean?
NC stands for National Certification. A national certification is given once you’ve successfully demonstrated that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform the tasks carried out by a certain professional like a welder or a crane operator, for example.
What are the differences among NC I, II, III, and IV?
The numbers after National Certification indicate the level of expertise of an NC holder.
For example, an NC IV holder is generally more skilled than an NC III holder the same way an NC II holder is generally considered to be more skilled than an NC I holder.
Am I required to take the first level of a specific course before I can move on to the next one?
According to the TESDA official we spoke with, completing the first level of a specific course is not required from individuals who wish to take a more advanced level; however, they strongly encourage that you try to study the basics first so you will be well-prepared for the more advanced lessons. Accredited schools or training centers have the liberty to impose their own rules, though, so you might want to contact them directly to be sure.
Am I required to enroll in the classes before I can take the assessment / certification exam?
According to the TESDA official we spoke with, enrolling in the classes is optional. If you’re confident that you already have the knowledge and skills you’ll need, you can go ahead and take the exam immediately.
We’re not sure if all TESDA offices implement the same rule, though, so you might still want to contact the office nearest your place to be sure.
I’ve been working as a professional <insert job here> for several years now. Can I skip the training sessions and use the experience I accumulated to obtain a certification from TESDA instead?
From what we know, you can, but you still have to take and pass the assessment exam first. That’s just from what we know, though, so you might still want to verify that with TESDA to be sure.
How do I apply for assessment and certification?
Where can I take the assessment exam for ___?
You can find the list of accredited assessment centers by using this tool.
Does TESDA offer online classes?
It does; however, for now, the available courses are still pretty limited. You can find the list of online courses offered by TESDA on their website.
How do I sign up for the online courses?
“In order to access the available courses in the TESDA Online Program website, you must first register an account. For detailed steps “on how to register and enroll in a course, please refer to the “How To” section of the website. - TESDA
Do I need to pay tuition in order to enroll for the online courses?
“The TESDA Online Program is available for FREE, you do not have to pay tuition in order for you to access the courses.” - TESDA
Can I take the assessment exam online?
“The TESDA Online Program is in incubation stage. We are not yet giving any training certificate. To be given a training certificate, the online learner needs to complete online assessment which is yet to be developed; however, once you finish the course and if you think you are ready, you may take the face-to-face assessment for National Certification at any TESDA accredited assessment center or venue.” - TESDA
The <insert name of course here> is not on your list. How can I enroll?
Unfortunately, the course you mentioned is not included in TESDA’s current list of programs offered by registered vocational institutions. We’re not sure if there have been any changes to that list, though, so you might want to check with TESDA to be sure.
When is the next assessment exam?
We’re sorry, but we have no available information regarding the schedule of the TESDA exams. It’s best if you’ll contact them directly so they can give you an accurate and more detailed response.
The contact number of the TESDA office nearest my place doesn’t seem to be working. Do you have other contact numbers?
Unfortunately, most of the information we post on the site were from publicly accessible materials, so we’re not always sure how updated the information is. The best option that we can think of at this point is to call the main office of TESDA to ask. They might have the updated contact information.