Getting closer! 2nd ACQF Training Week! 5-9 September 2022, Johannesburg

This 2nd Training Week gathers onsite representatives from 28 African countries. Online participants will join from over 20 countries.

The second ACQF Training Week takes place in Johannesburg - South Africa, on 05-09/September 2022, as a hybrid event.

This practical course with 30 learning hours is for you!

A new, hands-on, learning journey for qualifications and skills practitioners, staff of ministries and qualifications agencies, representatives of the world of work, experts! Be part of an inspiring learning journey with many other African and international participants.

Refresh and upgrade your knowledge on qualifications frameworks and systems. Prepare yourself for a better contribution to develop, improve, implement, review, and renew your national qualifications framework and system.

Participants will interact with world class speakers, share their experiences, and engage in practical and hands-on sessions to develop and strengthen their knowledge and skills on a range of issues related with the conditions and enablers of transparency of qualifications and mutual trust between qualifications frameworks in a changing world.

Themes of the training programme: national and regional qualifications frameworks, quality assurance, development and digitalisation of qualifications, recognition of learning and qualifications, online registers of qualifications, novel approaches to labour market intelligence, monitoring and evaluation, and referencing to ACQF.

Presentations are accessible at the event webpage - Materials

Trainers and speakers at the training programme

Distinguished speakers

  • Keynote speech: Dr Julie Reddy (South Africa, CEO of SAQA)
  • Opening remarks: African Union Commission (ESTI – Division for Education); AUDA.

ACQF trainers’ team

Invited experts

·     Andrea Bateman

·     Coleen Jaftha

·     Eduarda Castel-Branco

·     Eusebius Juma Mukhwana

·     Fidelis Cheelo

·     James Mwewa

·     Mirriam Chiyaba

·     Olavo Correia

·     Rebecca Pursell-Gotz


·     Sejo Mupundu (Botswana)

·     Mathias Bonongo (Cameroon)

·     Alberto Landim and Paula Leite (Cape Verde)

·     Jens Bjornavold (Cedefop)

·     Laura Veza-Visan (ESCO Support team)

·     Dereje Awgichew Woldemariam (Ethiopia)

·     Koen Nomden, Cecile Jambon (European Commission, DG EMPL)

·     Sagal Abdulle, Kebede Tsegaye (IGAD)

·     Michael Mawa (IUCEA)

·     Mauro Pelucchi (Lightcast)

·     Abdoulaye Salifou (UNESCO)



AGENDA - Theme: “Skills, qualifications and frameworks for mutual trust in a changing world


05 Sept

06 Sept

07 Sept

08 Sept

09 Sept

Main themes

NQF-systemic view. Build, compare NQFs.

Qualifications: learning outcomes, develop. Digital credentials. Labour market information

Validation and recognition of learning: RPL, CAT, register.

Quality assurance. Study visit to SAQA

M&E. Referencing to ACQF


S1: Opening, context.

African Union Commission

S8: Agenda of the day. Q&A


S14: Agenda of the day. Q&A

S21: Agenda of the day. Q&A

S26: Agenda of the day. Q&A



S2: Welcome speech: CEO South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

S9: Ethiopia. Update on the NQF

(Education and Training Authority, D.Woldemariam)

S15: IGAD regional qualifications framework. Update on progress.

(IGAD, S. Abdulle, K. Tsegaye)

S22: Cape Verde: recognition of qualifications in a digital world.

(ARES, P. Leite, A. Landim)

S27: Botswana: register of qualifications in fast evolution.

(BQA, S. Mupundu)


S3: Introduction participants.

Agenda, working methods.

S10: Level descriptors, learning outcomes. Concepts, application, development)

S16: Recognition of qualifications. Addis Convention.

S23: Quality assurance: ASG-QA

(IUCEA, Prof. M. Mawa))

S28: M&E in the context of NQF / ACQF



S4: Overview main concepts. Occupations, skills, classifications. (E. Castel-Branco)

(C. Jaftha)

Global Convention

(UNESCO, A. Salifou)


(JET Education Services, R. Pursell-Gotz)


S5: Qualifications and NQF. Global trends.

(E. Castel-Branco, A. Bateman).


S11: Digitalisation in action. European Digital Credentials for Learning (ADCL).

(European Commission, DG EMPL)

Case study: Zambia – ZAQA E-Certificate

S17: RPL: policy, methods, application. ACQF Guideline 4.

(F. Cheelo)

Case study: Cameroon

(Ministry of Labour and TVET, M. Bonongo)

S24: Quality assurance: system, internal, external. Links NQF.

(A.    Bateman)

S29: Referencing NQF-ACQF

(C. Jaftha, E. Castel-Branco)









S6: Building and governing the NQF.

Case study: Angola

(O. Correia, E.J. Mukhwana)

S12: Development of qualifications. Practical guidance.

(O. Correia)


S18: CATS: concepts, policy, applications, challenges.

(J. Mwewa)

Practical case: Kenya CATS

S25: Study visit to SAQA.

South African NQF. Role and organisation of SAQA. NQF governance. Registers of qualifications.

S30: Referencing self-assessment in groups (criteria 1, 2, 3, 4).

Understanding the criteria and practical application.


S6 (continued): Group exercise.


S12 (continued): Practical exercises in groups

S19: Registers of qualifications.

(E. Castel-Branco)

(SAQA team – participants)

S31: Presentations - groups



S7: analysis and comparison of qualifications and NQFs.

(Cedefop – J. Bjornavold)

S13: Skills, qualifications and labour market information: innovative data and methods. Cases & examples.

(Lightcast, M. Pelucchi)

S20: ESCO: practical uses in skills and qualifications.

(ESCO-Team, L. Visan)


Peer review and discussion on results of self-assessment


Q &A, poll

Open session: countries’ NQF news.

Q&A, Poll


S32: Final evaluation. Conclusions. Closure