About Us

The Vanuatu Qualifications Authority is a Government of Vanuatu statutory organization established by an Act of Parliament [Vanuatu Qualifications Authority Act No 1 of 2014] on 23 June 2014. The VQA was previously known as the Vanuatu National Training Council.

VISION

A coordinated and quality assured Post-School Education and Training (PSET) system that will provide nationally and internationally recognised qualifications through flexible delivery mechanisms and will lead to maximum economic and social development opportunities for all

 

MISSION

To lead the implementation of the Vanuatu National Qualifications Framework and the Vanuatu Quality Assurance Framework in partnership with PSET providers and other key stakeholders to ensure that:

  • Institutions providing VNQF qualifications and programmes/courses leading to VNQF qualifications are quality assured;
  • The Quality Assurance Framework is based on international best practices;
  • Courses leading to VNQF qualifications are based on industry and community needs;
  • VNQF qualifications are recognised nationally and internationally;
  • Learners, the economy and society benefit from the VNQF.

VALUES AND PRINCIPLES

  • Focus on the learner
  • Partnership with stakeholders
  • Quality
  • Transparency and clarity
  • Research and evaluation

The VQA is governed by a Board with a structure that is intended to reflect the Government’s vision for a demand driven post-school education and training system. Membership will comprise representatives from key government agencies and representatives of the productive sector (both public and private). 


As written into the National TVET Policy and the VQA Act, the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority ‘…is responsible for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Post–School Education and Training (PSET) throughout Vanuatu, engaging industry; business; training providers; trade unions and other stakeholders in reforming the PSET system, and ensuring that PSET programs and services meet the current and emerging needs of industry, business and the broader community in all provinces. In addition, VQA is legally responsible for the development and maintenance of the National Qualifications Framework through standards and qualifications setting, quality assurance, accreditation, equivalency of qualifications and assessment including the recognition of prior learning.

 

In addition, under the direction of the Board, a Chief Executive Officer will provide leadership and have overall responsibility for the five functional areas – (i) Policy and Planning (ii) Finances and Administration, (iii) Quality Assurance and Compliance, (iv) Industry Standards and (v) National Qualifications Framework.

 

The Policy and Planning and Finance and Administration functional areas are headed by the Deputy CEO, who will have strategic oversight over a broad range of functions.


On the corporate side, the Deputy CEO will be responsible for finance, administration and information and communications technology (ICT).  The latter will serve the entire VQA operation but with a particular emphasis on data and records management. A direct link to a network of Provincial Training Boards will provide policy advice to the VQA Board and be the basis for the development of VQA policy and planning that integrates both national and provincial viewpoints and development priorities. A strong and continuing monitoring and evaluation focus will further inform policy and planning decisions. The VQA’s communication strategies will be supported by a discrete information and marketing function.


The Quality Assurance and Compliance functional area will be responsible for the administration of the National Quality Assurance Framework and will regulate training provider registration and course or unit accreditation for all post-school training providers including Government and non-Government training institutions, colleges and training centres. This will include development and review of training provider registration policy and procedures, administration of the registration process including compliance audits, adjustments to training provider scope of registration, the collection of registration fees and audit fees, and post-audit rectification actions as deemed appropriate within the VQA’s regulations. Accreditation processes will lead to national recognition of units and/or courses provided they meet established industry, productive sector or community need and they incorporate endorsed units of competence that are aligned to a certificate level on the National Qualifications Framework.


The Industry Standards functional area will establish and maintain close working relationships with industry and productive sector organisations and individuals. Working groups will be established in different broad areas such as trades, services and primary industry (including agriculture, horticulture, livestock, fisheries and forestry) etc to support the development and maintenance of nationally recognized industry endorsed units of competence.


The National Qualifications Framework functional area has responsibility to develop and maintain in consultation with relevant stakeholders a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) covering all post-school qualifications including pre-vocational, vocational, technical and higher education certificate levels. In time, in consultation with the Ministry of Education, the National Qualifications Framework could be further developed to include equivalent school level certificates and pathways to post-school qualifications.


The National Qualifications Framework underpins the VQA quality assurance processes by enabling consistent alignment of nationally recognized competency standards and courses to relevant qualification levels. It supports the identification of pathways that enable people to move between different education and training sectors and levels. It facilitates lifelong learning as people exercise the opportunity for multiple entry and multiple exit points and to gain recognition of their prior learning and experience. The NQF will enable alignment of Vanuatu qualifications to regional and international qualifications systems.