TESDA Online Program: Free online courses at e-tesda
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Aiming to make technical education more accessible to Filipinos, The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is offering free technical and vocational education training (TVET) through its e-tesda website. Courses available through the TESDA Online Program include web and game development, digital animation, food and beverage servicing, housekeeping, cookery, agriculture, massage therapy, and beauty care.
Registration for the TESDA Online Program is free and easy. A registered user can enroll in as many courses as he or she wants. Some courses have been developed by TESDA itself, in collaboration with educators, professionals and industry experts. Other courses are offered through a joint agreement with course providers like Udacity, Autodesk Design Academy, and Microsoft Virtual Academy.
I’m a silent cheerleader of TESDA for producing quality TVET courses that have helped many Filipinos gain relevant skills and find employment both in the Philippines and overseas. I’ve met people in whose lives TESDA has made a positive contribution, including a former government employee who started his own bakery after finishing a commercial breadmaking course and a high school dropout who now operates a cellphone repair shop. My first encounter with a TESDA scholar (actually, there were six of them) was in India in 2002. They were studying at the Footwear Design and Development Institute in Noida through the Philippines and Germany’s Public Private Partnership Program of DTI-TESDA. One of them is now a successful footwear designer in Dubai.
The TESDA Online Program is a boon for homeschooling families, too. The TVET courses can be used for Home Economics and Livelihood Education (HELE) and help young students get started on programming. I’m now looking at using the Cookery courses to supplement my son’s HELE for 5th and 6th grades. The courses are self-directed and a learner can go at his or her own pace. Each TESDA-produced course has a Web text component for elaboration and mastery, as well as video-based demonstrations and facilitator tips to reinforce learning.
At the moment, finishing any of the online courses will not earn you a certificate. But after completing a course, you may take the face-to-face assessment for National Certification at any TESDA accredited assessment center or venue. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the TESDA Online Program for more information.