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A course is a structured sequence of education and training designed to meet the requirements of a qualification. 

Course development is expensive as it requires people’s time as well as the purchase or creation of facilities, equipment and other physical resources. To help providers with this process, VQA has created the Handbook for the Development of Courses, which guides providers through the different steps to take, with supporting documents in course development documents.

The Vanuatu Qualifications Authority (VQA) has a National Qualifications Development Officer (NQDO) to assist you with all areas of course development. One of the things s/he can help with, in case you are developing a National Qualification, is identifying the Units of Competency that you need for your course, of which some or all may already have been developed by VQA.

In fact, if you are developing a National Qualification, then you must contact the NQDO to assist you with this.

The VQA requires course developers in Vanuatu who are in the process of designing a course in preparation for accreditation to follow the course development process. One of the important steps in the process, once you have established the need for the course, is to apply for intention to accredit with VQA, to make sure that your course will be able to gain accreditation once development of the course is completed. For more information visit the Application for Intention to Accredit page.

Details of the steps to be taken in course development are found in the Handbook for the Development of the Courses