Skills Facilitator (SDF)

Become a Skills Facilitator (SDF)

This programme assists learners to develop and submit Workplace Skills Plans, Annual Training Reports, conduct skills audits, coordinate training interventions and to implement a Quality Management system for Education, Training and Development within an organisation.

We offer accredited skills facilitation training for those who really want to make a difference.  Our training takes place over a period of five days, and can be accessed in three ways:

  • Public courses are not pre-scheduled. Learners apply for attendance, we then schedule a public workshop on a regualar basis (usually on a 6-weekly basis)
  • In-house courses for organisations or sectors’
  • Blended e-Learning option in our Virtual e-Learning Centre. Our most affordable and popular option.

Prices for in-house workshops can be negotiated and will vary depending on number of participants.

What unit standards are covered?

  • Unit Standard 15221 – Provide information and advice regarding skills development and related issues – NQF Level 5 – Credits 4
  • Unit Standard 15217 – Develop an organisational training and development plan – NQF Level 5 – Credits 6
  • Unit Standard 15232 – Coordinate planned skills development interventions in an organisation – NQF Level 5 – Credits 6
  • Unit Standard 15218 – Conduct an analysis to determine outcomes of learning for skills development and other purposes – NQF Level 6 – Credits 4
  • Unit Standard 15227 – Conduct skills development administration in an organisation – NQF Level 4 – Credits 4

Who should be trained as Skills Facilitators (SDF)?

The training would benefit:

  • line managers responsible for training,
  • educators and developers of training staff,
  • members of Training or Skills Development Committees,
  • HR, IR and HRD managers,
  • anyone required to develop Workplace Skills Plans and reports for Setas,
  • and anyone involved in delivery of learning interventions ranging from learnerships to short learning interventions to close skills gaps

(Those persons who have been working as SDF’s for less than a year and thus have not gone through the entire process, will also benefit from this programme. We will assist you to understand the principles and theory and to present your evidence of competence for assessment purposes.)

What entry qualification is needed? 

  • NQF Level 4/Grade 12 certificate
  • Completed Assessor training (115753) recommended
  • Completed Moderator training (115759) recommended

How long does it take? 

  • Our workshops and in-house courses run over three to five days. Portfolios and part assessment are completed on the last day of the workshop.
  • Blended e-Learning: Learners set their own learning pace and complete the programme based on the time available. This can be done within a few hours, one to two weeks or even within a few months.

Learning Outcomes

  • Dealing with the transformation taking place in the business environment and the demands this places on skills development
  • An understanding of the relevant legislation governing Skills Development including the Skills Development Act, Employment Equity Act and relevant legislation
  • An understanding of the challenges facing the Skills Development Facilitator in the organisation including:
    • The roles of the SDF in an organisational context
    • Compiling a Workplace Skills Plan and Skills Reports
    • Promoting a learning culture in an organisation
    • Co-ordinate skills development activities
  • Understand the issue of Return on Investment in skills development
  • The capability to prepare an Annual Training Report
  • The capacity to appreciate and conduct effective skills development administration and auditing
  • Understand the strategic alignment of skills development against National and Organisational goals and objectives


Learners who successfully complete the portfolio of evidence will be awarded a skills programme certificate with the unit standard listed.

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