The National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET) was established in 1994, under the auspices of the amended HEART Act (1992). This was part of a national thrust by government to revitalize and upgrade technical and vocational education and training to meet current and future national development challenges. The NCTVET was mandated to:
undertake research or assist persons in undertaking research into matters relating to technical and vocational education and training;
advise the Trust on all aspects of technical and vocational education and training;
apply or make arrangements for tests and other methods of ascertaining standards of efficiency to be achieved by trainees.
Therefore, the mandate of the NCTVET is to develop and promote a certification system that is relevant, responsive and effective. With that in mind, the NCTVET has the responsibility to develop standards, accredit programmes, develop assessments and award certificates and diplomas to individuals who have demonstrated competence in vocational areas.