Competence descriptor

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION
COMPETENCY LEVEL DESCRIPTORS AND ASSOCIATED CREDITS AT EACH LEVEL OF AWARD

NTA
Level
Minimum Overall Credits Minimum Credits from current Level Award Competence Level descriptors
NTA Level 4 120 120 Basic Technician Certificate Apply knowledge and skills at routine level
NTA Level 5 120 120 Technician Certificate Apply knowledge and skills in a range of activities, some of which are non-routine and be able to assume some operational responsibilities
NTA Level 6 240 120 Ordinary Diploma Apply knowledge and skills in broad range of work activities, most of which are non- routine
NTA Level 7 360 360 Higher Diploma Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of complex technical activities, high degree of personal responsibility and some responsibility for the work of other
NTA Level 8 480 120 Bachelor Degree Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in wide and unpredictable variety of contexts with substantial personal responsibility, responsibility for the work of others and responsibility for the allocation of resources, policy, planning, execution and evaluation
NTA Level 9 180 150 Master’s degree The holder of the qualification will be able to display mastery of a complex and specialised area of knowledge and skills, employing knowledge and understanding to conduct research or advanced technical or professional activity, able to work autonomously and in complex and unpredictable situations
NTA Level 10 540 360 Doctorate The holder of the qualification will be able to apply knowledge and understanding and do advanced research resulting into significant and original contributions to a specialised field, demonstrate a command of methodological issues and engaging in critical dialoguewith peers, able to work autonomously and in complex and unpredictable situations.