What is TESDA – Technical Education and Skills Development Authority

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), also known as the “Technical Education and Skills Development Act of 1994”, was founded by the Bureau of Technical and Vocational Education (BTVE) of the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (DECS) and the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) under the administration of former President Fidel V. Ramos. 

TESDA aims to help provide quality technical education and training programs to Filipinos who want to enhance or learn new skills to get a better job. This agency offers courses such as information technology, welding, carpentry, and other technical skills.

Just like other government agencies, TESDA sets policies, mandates, and expectations to meet to make sure that they continually improve and give quality services to Filipino workers.

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Quality Policy

  • Strategic Decisions
  • Effectiveness
  • Responsiveness
  • Value Added Performance
  • Integrity
  • Citizen Focus
  • Efficiency


  • Approve skills standards and tests;
  • Assists trainers training programs;
  • Develop an accreditation system for institutions involved in middle-level manpower development;
  • Fund programs and projects for technical education and skills development;
  • Integrate, coordinate, and monitor skills development programs; and
  • Restructure efforts to promote and develop middle-level manpower.


  • Develop and administer training incentives;
  • Devolve training functions to local governments;
  • Formulate a skill development plan;
  • Involve industry/employers in skills training;
  • Manage skills development funds;
  • Organize skills competitions; and
  • Reform the apprenticeship program.


“The Transformational leader in the technical education and skills development of the Filipino workforce.”


“TESDA sets direction, promulgates relevant standards, and implements programs geared towards a quality-assured and inclusive technical education and skills development and certification system.”

Value Statement

“We believe in demonstrated competence, institutional integrity, personal commitment, culture of innovativeness, and a deep sense of nationalism.

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TESDA Benefits

TESDA was created to help Filipino workers enhance their technical skills with the hope that they will find better job opportunities. Learning in TESDA Program, you will have the following benefits:

  • Learn different skills for free or at lower costs
  • Study on your own time and pace.
  • Study in a stress-free environment.
  • Improve self-discipline.

Program and Services

TESDA’s schools and training centers can be found all over the Philippines. However, the programs offered vary depending on the location. It is better to call or visit the TESDA near you to know what programs and services they offer. Here are some of the programs and services you can expect from the TESDA office.

  • Assessment and Certification. Those who passed the assessment and required competency will receive a certification from the TESDA office.
  • Competency Standards Development. A competency criterion was created by TESDA to assess the learners.
  • National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan (NTESDP) 2018-2022. This program’s goal is to motivate and strengthen the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector by creating Two Pronged Strategic Thrust;
    • Global Competitiveness and Workforce Readiness
    • Social Equity for Workforce Inclusion and Poverty Reduction.
  • Program Registration and Accreditation. This program ensures that Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) will meet the minimum requirements to facilitate and give training.
  • Training Regulations. This program created a competency-based curriculum, instructional materials, and competency assessment system for learners.
  • Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programs. This program created four types of training available for learners: school-based, center-based, enterprise-based, and community-based.
    • Center-Based Programs. TESDA has fifteen (15) Regional and forty-five (45) Provincial Training Centers all over the country.
      • TESDA Training Center Taguig Campus Enterprise (TTCTCE)
      • Korea-Philippines Training Centers
    • Enterprise-Based Programs. This program aims to give training that can be applied in the business or organization.
      • Apprenticeship Program
      • Dual Training System
      • Learnership Program
    • School-Based Program. This program is a TESDA-administered school that provides TVET programs.
    • Community-Based Programs. This program aims to help poor and marginalized Filipino.
  • TESDA’s Specialized Training Centers
    • TESDA Women’s Center (TWC). This center aims to improve women’s economic standing.
    • Language Skills Institute (LSI). This center aims to help workers enhance their communication skills and language skills.

TESDA Online Programs (TOP)

Because of TESDA’s effectiveness and efficiency, they wanted to reach more people by providing a web-based platform that provides free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to Filipinos. Here’s the list of courses offered by TOP:

  • 21st Century Skills
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive and Land Transport
  • Construction
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • FREE Courses Relevant to COVID-19 Management
  • Gender and Development (GAD)
  • Heating, Ventilation, Airconditioning, and Refrigeration Technology
  • Human Health/Health Care
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • International Labour Organization (ILO) Online Courses
  • Lifelong Learning Skills
  • Maritime
  • National TVET Trainers Academy
  • Process Food and Beverages
  • Social, Community Development, and Others
  • Tourism
  • Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
  • TESDA Capability Building Programs for TESDA Employees
  • TESDA Online Programs (TOP) Courses with Accessibility Features (Alpha Test)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is TESDA?

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is one of the Philippine government agencies that aims to provide education to enhance Filipinos’ technical skills.

What are the benefits of TESDA?

TESDA provides hands-on training or online instructions that help Filipinos in developing their skills and in boosting their chances of being employed.

Is TESDA a free program?

All state-run technical vocational institutions (STVIs) are now offering free services to all Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs.

How long is TESDA online course?

One course from TESDA can range from 8 to 40 hours.

Is it allowed to enroll in several TESDA courses at the same time?

You are only allowed to enroll for another course once you completed one course.


According to TESDA’s official website, 7 out of 10 technical-vocational graduates get jobs right after graduation. This only means that this agency values its work and makes sure that you will land in your chosen career.

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) gives opportunities to Filipinos to have a better life. This agency helps us build the foundation we need to create the life we want. It gives us the chance to invest in ourselves and to improve. So whether you are an Overseas Filipino Worker or a local employee, grab this chance to learn new skills and become a better you.

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