The PQF has eight (8) Levels of qualifications differentiated by descriptors of expected learning outcomes along three domains: knowledge, skills and values; application; and degree of independence. It has sub-frameworks corresponding to the subsystems of the education and training system. For example, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) subsystem covers National Certificates (NC) I through IV corresponding to the first four levels while the Commission on Higher Education Subsystem cover Baccalaureate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters, and Doctorate that correspond to Levels VI to VIII. The two Sub-systems interface in the provision of qualifications at level V.

The PQF considers Senior High School (Grade 12) as the foundation of the 8 levels, and provides eligible Senior High School graduates the possibility of obtaining qualifications up to Level 5 as well as admission to degree programs in Level 6.

  UNESCO Inventory of PQF submitted by Dr. Cynthia Bautista. February 2017 (Prepared by UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in collaboration with national experts)



The Philippine Qualifications Framework - It is a collaborative program by the Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) , Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

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