Registration Procedure and Guidelines

1.1 Background
Pursuant to Section 5 (1) (a) of the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) Act, Cap.129 of 1997, the Council has the mandate to register and accredit qualified institutions capable of delivering courses.
The main objective of registration is to ensure that the operation of the institution is lawful and that the institution is capable of providing sustainably, what it claims to be able to offer.
The Government through NACTE needs to satisfy itself, students, employers, stakeholders and the general public that the existing and newly established public and private tertiary institutions are legal and viable entities delivering courses to the required standards.
1.2 Procedures and guidelines
The process of establishing a fully-fledged Technical Institution takes time and requires both resources and commitment. NACTE registration procedure therefore allows for registration at different levels of establishment of the institution. A comprehensive Application for Registration Form has been developed to guide institutions on the various aspects that need to be considered in the establishment process.
The registration process therefore ensures that the registered institution is both legal and viable entity. Evidence of both Legality Criteria and Viability Criteria has to be obtained before an institution is registered.
The Council has in place Regulations and Procedures for Registration of Technical Institutions. NACTE has three registration awards, namely: Preparatory Registration, Provisional Registration and Full Registration. Preparatory Registration is a stage granted to institutions that are struggling to meet the necessary requirements for registration and therefore are not allowed to admit students
2.1 Background
Accreditation is an approval or certification granted by the Council, representing the interest of both the public and students, to an institution on account of having: Programmes; and Quality assurance system that ensures provision of set qualification(s) and educational standard(s) for a particular period of time.
Accreditation requires an institution to strictly adhere to NACTE Academic Quality Standards, 2012.
2.2 Accreditation Stages
NACTE has the three stages of Accreditation:
Candidacy Stage: after being convinced that they are undertaking the necessary steps to reach demonstrable compliance with the accreditation;
Provisional stage: with pending fulfillment of the identified requirements within a specified time frame; and
Fully Accredited Stage: meet adequately the stipulated accreditation requirements.
2.3 Procedures and Guidelines
Establishment of a QC & QA System is a basic requirement for ensuring that the institution offers training leading to quality assured qualifications, a necessary condition for national and international recognition. Has in place a Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) mechanism, it entails of having a:
 Sound Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) Policy,
 Quality Management Plan; and
 QC & QA committee for coordinating the QC and QA activities of the institution.
2.4 Accreditation Requirements
After obtaining Accreditation Candidacy Status, which is the initial stage in accreditation process, an institution is required to demonstrate that it is complying with NACTE accreditation requirements. A candidate institution is required to work towards achieving the NACTE accreditation standards culminating into writing a Self-evaluation Study Report, establishing a Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) mechanism, and preparing for departmental recognition.
3.1 Procedures
Institutional registration is done by completing the form which facilitates collection of information of the Applicant wishing to be registered as foreign technical education and training provider.