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The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will be conducting free assessment and certification nationwide on Friday, July 31.

The National TVET Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) will target workers and also the Grade 9 Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) teachers to ensure they possess the competency to teach under the K to 12 curriculum.

The synchronized competency assessment will be held in all participating TESDA accredited assessment centers nationwide, and will kick off at the TESDA Women's Center in Taguig City.

For 2015, the agency targets to assess 60,000 beneficiaries, which include 21,000 TLE teachers. There will be a series of schedules for the NATCAC.

"We urge industry practitioners, K to 12 teachers and returning OFWs to take the assessment to see how they measure up to the needs and expectations of employers," TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said.

 "The National Certificate is the best proof that a person is qualified for the job he is applying for," Villanueva added.

Thousands have already benefitted from TESDA's free competency assessment and certification in the past years.

The July 2015 NATCAC will cover all qualifications in NC II, III and IV, including those covered by specific government regulations such as: Driving NC II and Driving NC III (passenger bus, straight truck); Automotive Servicing NC II, III and IV; and, RAC Servicing NC II and NC III.

Villanueva said the target candidates for this year's NATCAC may be composed of trainers of private and public Technical Vocational Institutions, including Local Government Units, and other government agencies providing TVET programs and private enterprises with registered TVET programs; Department of Education trainers; public utility vehicle drivers; workers/industry practitioners/professional/career shifters who want to undergo competency assessment; returning OFWs/Filipino expatriates with relevant experience who want to undergo competency assessment; and, industry practitioners who are prospective competency assessors.

Applicants may get application forms and list of requirements for assessment from the accredited assessment centers or the nearest TESDA offices. The forms may also be downloaded in the TESDA website (www.tesda.gov.ph).

The identified accredited assessment centers or TESDA provincial and district office will process the application for assessment and inform the applicants of their schedule.

SOURCE: TESDA 
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