Skills Development Facilitation Practitioner

Skills Development Facilitation Practitioner

The Skills Development Facilitation Practitioner Course focus on concepts related to establishing learning and development needs as related to organisational success and operational needs.

SAQA regulations stipulate that prospective skills development facilitation practitioners who wish to register and be accredited as such, must be competent and need a certificate against the part-qualification: Skills Development Facilitation Practitioner – NQF Level 5, Credits 40.

The New QCTO Standard

This part-qualification replaces SAQA Unit Standards 15217, 15218, 15221, 15227, 15232 & 123396 and will be the accredited standard as from 1 July 2023. The course forms part of the Occupational Certificate: Training & Development Practitioner, and 40 credits will be granted against this qualification to all successful candidates.

Who should attend this Skills Development Facilitation Practitioner Course?

  • Lecturers, teachers and facilitators currently facilitating.
  • Any person with the intention to become a certified assessment practitioner/assessor.
  • Education & Training Practitioners.
  • Sales and marketing personnel.
  • HR and HRD practitioners.
  • Line Managers & Supervisors.
  • Subject Matter Experts in Education.
  • Workplace Coaches & Mentors.

What is the minimum entry requirements?

  • Basic English Communication Skills on NQF Level 4

Learning Approach

  • Our workshops and in-house courses run over three to five days. Portfolios and final assessment are completed on the last day of the workshop of the normal 3-day or 5-day Power Workshop.
  • 3-Day Online training through Webinar Sessions over Zoom or our Groove Webinar Platform.
  • 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 three months.

How long does it take to complete the Skills Development Facilitation Practitioner Course?

  • Workshop attendance: 5 Days, thereafter 6 weeks for submission of Portfolio of Evidence.
  • Power Course: Including Portfolio of Evidence: 5 Days (In-house only)
  • Online Webinar Course: 5 Days
  • Blended e-Learning option: 8 Weeks to complete self-study & 8 weeks to complete final assessment Phase.

Skills Development Facilitation Practitioner Course Outline

Skills Development Facilitation Practitioner
  • Skills Development Facilitation Practitioner – NQF Level 5, Credits 40
    • Knowledge Modules
      • Statutory Learning & Development Environment – NQF Level 5, Credits 8
        • SAQA Statutory Framework
          • Historic Developments
          • Legislative Framework
          • SAQA Roles & Responsibilities
          • SAQA Policies
          • Workplace Integrated Learning
          • The National Learner Records Database
          • NQF & Level Descriptors
          • Sub-Frameworks & Quality Councils
          • Government & Departmental Structures & Roles
          • SAQA Registered Qualifications
          • Statutory & Non-Statutory Bodies & Designations
        • Occupations Skills Development Framework
          • Statutory & Regulatory Framework
          • Quality Council for Trade & Occupations
          • Sector Education & Training Representitive Bodies
          • QCTO Policies & Guidelines
          • Learning Programs, Delivery Models & Policies
          • Foundational Learning Competence Part Qualifications
        • Skills Development Framework
          • Legislative framework
          • Levy Payment & Distribution
          • Statutory Grant Provisions – Mandatary & Discretionary
          • Funding Incentive
        • Structures, Policies & Priorities
          • The National Skills Fund
          • The National Skills Development Strategy
          • National Transformational Frameworks & Plans
      • Workplace learning and development planning, evaluation and reporting – NQF Level 5, Credits 8
        • Workplace learning and development planning
          • The Organising Framework of Occupations
          • Consultation requirements, principles and structures
          • Employment equity in terms of learning and development
          • Learning and development priorities in terms of organisational constraints (budget, time, resources)
          • Documenting learning and development plans
    • Practical Skill Module:
        • Plan, conduct and report on a learning and development needs analysis – NQF Level 5, Credits 16
          • Provide information and advice concerning occupational learning
            • Analyse national statutory documents, policies and reports related to skills development
            • Compare national trends and priorities to workplace practices and develop a recommendation for learning and development
            • Prepare and present an information sharing document on the occupational learning framework
            • Prepare and present an information sharing document on the foundational learning certificate
          • Collect, analyse data and report on workplace learning and development needs
            • Conduct an analysis to determine key occupational competencies that are required for effective and efficient business processes
            • Produce a matrix of occupational gaps aligned to specific business processes and positions
            • Conduct an analysis of formal learning programs that will address competency gaps
          • Develop a workplace learning and development plan
            • Update the employment profile for learning and development requirements
            • Prioritise and motivate planned learning programs
          • Monitor the implementation of a workplace learning and development plan
            • Develop a matrix of providers that can deliver the learning programs and motivate preferred providers
            • Develop a learning program evaluation and monitoring tool
            • Draft a provider terms of reference for the delivery of a learning program
            • Produce a training implementation report that meets statutory requirements
          • Conduct learning and development administration and reporting
            • Develop a skills development administration and reporting protocol
            • Organise and capture skills development records
              • Produce reports on learning and development as requested by stakeholders
    • Work Experience Module:
      • Conduct Skills Development Facilitation (SDF) processes as required for mandatory grant payments – NQF Level 5, Credits 8
        • Complete an assignment in an authentic work environment on skills development facilitation processes under the guidance of a subject matter expert
          • Establish the mandatory grant payment requirements and evaluation criteria of a selected SETA and compile a report on compliance criteria and common problems experienced with submission to the SETA
          • Compile a Workplace Skills Plan that meets the compliance criteria of the selected SETA
          • Compile a Workplace Implementation Report that meets the compliance criteria of the selected SETA

QCTO (SAQA) Alignment

QCTO Occupational Qualification: 101321
Occupational Part Qualification Title: Skills Development Facilitation Practitioner
NQF Level: Level 5
Credits: 40

Skills Development Facilitation Practitioner Course Articulation

Credits obtained during this learning programme will contribute towards qualification 101321, Occupational Certificate: Training and Development Practitioner , NQF Level 5, Credits 190

Delivery Method & Language

The programme is facilitated in English by a competent subject matter specialist/s, who utilises the following techniques to ensure that the session is practical and experiential: Lecture, Exercises, Discussion, Role Plays, Case Studies, PowerPoint Presentation, Videos, Simulations, and Learner Assessment. Study Methods include workshop training, blended online learning and in-house/on-site training.


  • Upon successful completion, the learner will receive a Letter of Competence issued by LEDISA Academy.
  • Upon verified Competence, the learner will receive a Certificate of Competence as well as a Statement of Results from the Quality Council for Trade & Occupations (QCTO).


LEDISA Academy (Pty) Ltd is accredited for this training course with the ETDP SETA. Accreditation Number ETDPS1400. Proof of Registration available on request.

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