Application for Section 26 Trade Testing

When to apply

Once your logbook has been completed and signed off by both the training provider and your workplace mentor and you complied with all the requirements as specify earlier in this guide, you are ready to apply for your trade test.

How to apply for your Trade Test

  1. Contact the Administrator Manager at Durnacol Skills Hub at 034 622 5040 and indicate that you are ready for trade test and request quotation for upfront payment.

  2. You will complete the required application form and submit it to Durnacol Skills Hub with confirmed record of achievements for the following curriculum components:

    1. The Knowledge Component: Examples of which could be a certificate, a statement of results, assessment report, portfolio of evidence or any other document that conclusively proves that you achieved all requirements of the knowledge component.

    2. The Practical Component: Examples of which could be a certificate, a statement of results, assessment report, logbook, portfolio of evidence or any other document that conclusively proves that you completed all facets of the practical component.

    3. The Workplace Component: Examples of which could be a log book, portfolio of evidence or any other document that conclusively proves that you have successfully completed the workplace component.

  3. For all trade qualifications not yet developed through the QCTO and registered by SAQA the Transitional Arrangement dated 28 July 2014 will apply for access to a trade test, for both contracted and non-contracted learners.

  4. DSIH check the completeness of the “Application for a Trade Test Report” provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

  5. Attach to the application form the following documents:

    1. Originally certified copy of the learner ID

    2. Originally certified copy of the learner qualifications (proof of at least N2)

    3. Proof of institutional training (DSIH letter if applicable) otherwise other training institution’s letter

    4. Workplace company letter or service letter confirming workplace experience

    5. Completed logbook

  6. Before application process is commenced ensure that the logbook has been signed off for both institutional training as well as workplace training.

  7. Confirm with DSIH if there is an approved learnership agreement / apprenticeship contract. Verify the learnership agreement / apprenticeship contract number. Check if this number was indicated on the “Application for a Trade Test”.

  8. In the case where there is no contract, you must provide a letter from the company to state that you were employed for experiential learning and the duration of this employment must be indicated on the letter.

  9. Durnacol Skills Hub will submit application both via e-mail as well as courier to the relevant SETA which will forward it to NAMB for approval.

  10. Once NAMB approve your application, they will request a trade test from Durnacol Skills Hub who will confirm this date with you before communicating it to NAMB.

  11. The SETA will notify you and Durnacol Skills Hub of the date once you made upfront payment for the trade test.

  12. Once payment has been received by Durnacol Skills Hub you can report for your trade test preparation and trade test.

  13. You will spent two days with us doing your trade test whereafter we will submit your results to NAMB for verification.

  14. NAMB will forward your results to QCTO if they are satisfied with the results requesting the issueing of your red seal certificate.

  15. The certification process can take up to 3 months and longer.

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