Do You Need To Write A Trade Test?

The trade test is the last stage in the journey to becoming a fully qualified artisan. Whether you are training to become a plumber, electrician or mechanic you will need to write this formal test in order to receive national recognition in your field.

An assessment is used to identify, gather and interpret information against the required competencies in a qualification or a part qualification in order to make a judgement about a learner’s achievement.

While tests and assessments are administered throughout an apprenticeship or training programme, the trade test is the final hurdle for prospective artisans.

Who can write a trade test?

Once a learner has completed their occupational qualification they will be eligible to write a trade test.

It is important to note that the qualification must meet the standards and requirements set out by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).

To learn more about these requirements click here to Artisan Training Institute

Is my trade listed?

According to the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA’s) a trade test is undertaken by candidates who meet the requirements included in an occupational qualification for a listed trade that is administered by an accredited trade test centre. The trade certificate is then issued by the QCTO.

To find out if your trade is listed go to QCTO qualifications

Where can I write my Trade Test?

Trade tests are written in demarcated testing centres around the country.

In order to apply to write your trade test you will need to contact the relevant SETA

If you are uncertain as to which SETA you need to contact, you can approach the National Artisan Moderating Body (NAMB) for more information or click link to find a trade testing centre near you

By Cindy Payle – Portal Publishing

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