Why should I get an ETD qualification?

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Do you have experience or skills in the Education, Training and Development(ETD) sector? Make it official by completing an ETD National Diploma.


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Do you have experience or skills in the Education, Training and Development(ETD) sector? Make it official by completing an ETD National Diploma.

Omni HR Consulting offers this qualification over a period of 12 months through its Recognition of Prior Learning programme. A qualification which would ordinarily be completed over a 2 year period.

“From a compliance point of view the candidate does have two years to complete the qualification. RPL however allows for the ‘time investment’ required by the candidate to be reduced.” says Omni spokesperson Cassandra Julius.

This qualification is offered to people who are already in ETD and have the foundational skills needed to obtain this diploma.

What will I learn?

The course is practical and addresses real-life issues in the ETD sector according to Ghawa Latib, Omni facilitator and ETD practitioner.

Students will learn how to investigate actual workplace needs and use their skills to gather, analyse and solve these needs.

Students will also be invited to run a pilot facilitation session in selected organisations and receive feedback, which is a vital element of the training process. This gives candidates the opportunity to learn about their personal facilitation style.

“This is a transformational journey,” which is aimed at broadening the areas of expertise explains Latib.

The course incorporates elements of project management, programme design and skills development facilitation while developing “bigger picture thinking.”

The aim is to develop professionals who can meet all their organisational standards and requirements.

Do I qualify for RPL?

Many people don't see themselves as RPL candidates, explains Julius. Individuals who have the experience and skills often believe themselves to be incompetent or incapable of completing an academic qualification. This is especially true of individuals who have never pursued a tertiary education.

However candidates are invited to come in for an informal guidance conversation to ascertain whether this is the right qualification or career path for them.

During the application process candidates will have the opportunity to reflect on their own motivations and interests within the ETD sector.

For those who are not ready or do not meet the qualification criteria there are many other options to consider.

For example candidates could potentially start with shorter skills programmes that articulate to the National Diploma, suggests Julius.

Why should I do this course?

There are many reasons to pursue a recognized qualification in ETD.

  • “Once you have the qualification you are much more employable,” says Latib. In other words you will have more employment opportunities and greater job security than before.
  • “This is a process of self-reflection to help you grow.” Besides the financial benefits that a qualification can bring this is an opportunity to learn about yourself and tap into your potential.
  • This qualification is holistic and allows you to impact organisational issues that are important to you. You can use it to make a difference in your workspace.
  • “In order to improve the skill level in the country we need qualified people.” Joining this course will help you to contribute positively to the economy from an ETD perspective.
  • Candidate support. What makes this qualification special is the individual and group support candidates receive during the programme. Students will participate in one-on-one coaching sessions, gain access to essential resources and join online Q&A sessions.

For more information about the programme visit Omni HR Consulting

Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing


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