Published: July 6, 2020 | Updated: October 7, 2020 | Posted by: Moneymax | Government Services
Nowadays, the job market requires seekers to have more than a college degree. You need to bring something different to the table to have a shot at a coveted role. Thanks to technological advancements, you can now acquire additional skills online, helping you have a competitive edge. However, these online courses typically don’t come cheap.
You don’t have to worry though! The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) online program lets Filipinos take online courses for free. Keep on reading to learn how to enroll in any of TESDA free online courses and what classes are available.
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Established in 1994, TESDA is a government agency that manages and supervises technical education skills development in the Philippines. The agency’s goal is to develop the Filipino workforce with world-class competence and positive work values. TESDA also aims to provide quality technical-educational and skills development through its policies and programs.
TESDA currently offers various programs and services to Filipinos who want to gain new skill sets. Some of these programs are the following:
In 2012, TESDA also launched its online program to provide online education to those who want to acquire new skills.
The TESDA Online Program (TOP) offers free online courses to make education more accessible to Filipinos. The program is created for students, out-of-school youth, unemployed adults, local and overseas workers, and professionals who would like to take TESDA courses at their own pace. Learners can take the course in their own time and at the comfort of their homes. There is no age requirement for the free courses, but students must at least be computer literate.
As of 2018, TOP has 1.2 million registered users. More than 400 thousand of these users have completed over 68 online courses, with around 800,000 students enrolled online. These numbers are growing every day, especially during the nationwide quarantine.
You can get a certificate of completion once you finish a TESDA online course. However, if you want to earn a National Certificate, you need to take a face-to-face examination given by a TESDA assessment center.
Taking a TESDA’s online course has many advantages. Some of these are:
Before you can take any of TESDA’s free online classes, you have to create and register an account. Follow these steps:
After activating your TESDA account, you can now enroll in online courses. These are the steps:
TESDA offers free courses in various categories. Each category has a training regulation manual—the basis of assessing competency and certification. These categories have courseware or subcategories you need to take to complete the course category’s qualification. You can find the modules in the courseware.
TESDA offers 68 free online courses, categorized under several sectors. Here are some of the courses and modules you can take:
Under this category, you can take two different courseware, namely Communications and Environmental Literacy.
This category offers a course on how flexible learning or undisrupted learning can benefit education.
This category only offers modules in Automative.
This has modules available in Electrical and Electronics and Computer System Servicing.
This category offers a course in Entrepreneurship with three modules.
Under Human Health / Health Care, TESDA offers Massage Therapy NCII.
This category includes two modules, including:
There are available ICT courses, Microsoft online courses, and Udemy courses under this category. A course in web development using HTML5 and CSS is also offered.
This category offers modules that can help you enhance your soft skills.
The Maritime category only offers one module about catering, which is Ship’s Catering NC III.
This category includes a module in proper waste management: Performing Solid Waste Management in the Workplace
This category only offers one course in food processing.
This category only includes one module; Beauty Care Services (Nail Care) NCII
There are five courses you can take from this category. These are Bread and Pastry Production NC II, Cookery NC II, Food and Beverage Services NC II, Front Office Services NC II, and Housekeeping NC II.
This category includes education and training and development relating to various fields of production, services, and livelihood. TVET has two courses: Trainers Methodology I and II.
For a complete list of available online courses and modules, visit TESDA’s course categories 
Despite the courses being free, you will still get a certification of completion. After finishing the online activities and passing the quizzes, you may download your TESDA Certificates of Completion as proof that you completed the free online course from TESDA. You can go to the nearest TESDA office for assessment and certification if you want to be certified as a skilled learner. You can use your Certificate of Completion as a passport for National Competency Assessment, according to TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña.
Everyone can benefit from taking one of TESDA’s free online courses. The agency’s online program allows you to learn new skills, explore interests, and even guide you in starting a business. You can also get a certificate of completion despite the courses being free.
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