The National Council for Technical Vocational and other Academic Awards (NCTVA), was established by Act no 10 of October 2001 and became operational in January 2002. It was conceived to respond to the polytechnical and vocational aspirations of the 6334 educational system introduced in 1994.
The NCTVA Council is the governing body and is a corporate body comprising 37 members representing major stakeholders in Education and Training, Industry and Commerce as well as professional bodies. The Council operates on the committee structure.
The Secretariat is located at A.J. Momoh Street, Tower Hill, Freetown. It is the administrative arm of Council and is headed by a Director who is responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of the operations of Council.
NCTVA seeks to provide consistent and high-quality Accreditation, Validation, Examination and Certification services in education and training. It works with institutions, professional bodies, employers, and other stakeholders to ensure that the training provided, and the qualifications awarded by the Council reflect the needs of the job market. NCTVA accredits qualification awarded by external bodies.
Some of NCTVA’s key objectives are to:
- Establish a clear and well articulated framework of accredited qualifications.
- Support the development of credible national occupational standards through regulations and monitoring.
- Promote a robust and fair assessment system.
- Award credible certificates and diplomas.
- Improve policy through support to research and development.
- Support guidance and counselling with regard to programmes and career pathways.
- Collaborate with others.
- Provide a customer friendly environment.