There is hope for artisans who have not undergone training in an academic institution, but have acquired hands on skills.
The Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA), has unveiled the process, to start in August 2021, for masons, carpenters, welders, beauticians/salonists, mechanics and plumbers to be certified.
In the formal training, the artisans have to attend a Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) or National Industrial Training Institute (NITA). However, this is an opportunity for that artisan who learnt the skills without proper training to get a shot at formal employment and qualify for tenders.
How to Get Certified
- KNQA will assess the artisan according to their skills and be graded to level three that is a holder of a certificate of experiential learning issued by the authority.
- The artisan will progress to level four, that allows him/her to have a certificate qualification. Then they will move to level five to obtain a craft certificate and the sixth level for a diploma certificate qualification.
- If they want, they can move to level seven for a degree and level eight for a post-graduate diploma certificate.
- Level nine will be a masters degree and the tenth level a doctorate degree.
- To achieve the above, one has to identify an institution of their choice and upload their profile. The institution will facilitate with the assessment process and offer recommendation.
- If the assessment is successful, one will be admitted to the collage according to the level of skills.