The Act provides a legal framework for the Council to coordinate provision of technical education and training and establish an efficient national qualifications system that will ensure that products from technical institutions are of high quality and respond to changing needs as well as technological innovations in the world.
Technical education in this context is defined as “education and training undertaken by students to equip them to play roles requiring higher levels of skills, knowledge and understanding and in which they take responsibility for their areas of specialization”.
NACTE is thus, a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral body empowered to oversee and coordinate the provision of technical education and training in Tanzania.
The Scope of the Council
The scope of NACTE covers all tertiary education and training institutions, other than Universities and their affiliated colleges, delivering courses at technician, semi-professional and professional levels leading to awards of certificates, diplomas, degrees and other related awards.
The mandate of the National Council for Technical Education as derived from Cap. 129 is three fold and may be summarized as below:
Regulatory Function: to establish the regulatory framework for technical education and training, leading to quality assured qualifications;
Quality Assurance Function: to assist technical institutions to improve and maintain the quality of the education they provide and to ensure that their programmes meet labour market demand, by guiding and monitoring their adherence to the regulatory framework; and
Advisory Function:to advise both Government and technical institutions on the strategic development of technical education and training can be made.
These three aspects are interrelated and together make up the core functions of NACTE; a process leading to quality assured qualifications in technical education and training in our country.
An exemplary regulatory body to oversee the quality of Technical Education and Training for National socio-economic development.
To oversee the provision of quality Technical Education and Training, through registration and accreditation of tertiary non-university institutions, and advising the Government on development of quality technical education and training for the benefit of Tanzanians.
The mission statement is translated into the following three main objectives:-
(a) To establish and maintain the regulatory framework for technical and vocational technical education and training, leading to quality-assured qualifications;
(b) To assist technical and vocational institutions to improve and maintain the quality of the education they provide and to ensure that their programmes meet labour market demands by guiding and monitoring their adherence to the regulatory framework; and
(c) To advise the Government on the strategic development of technical
and vocational education and training so that it can make informed decisions with regard to policymaking.
Principal activities and services of the Council as stipulated under section 5 of the National Council for Technical Education Act are to:
Register and accredit technical institutions capable of delivering courses;
Register technical teachers and other qualified technicians;
Establish and make awards in technical education and training which are consistent in standard and comparable to related awards in Tanzania and internationally;
Ensure that the quality of education required for the awards is met and maintained throughout the duration of the delivery of the course;
Assist technical institutions in their development by introducing and developing policies and procedures that will allow institutions to attain greater autonomy in the delivery of courses;
Advise the Government on the planning and development of technical education and training including matters relating to manpower planning, staffing, budgetary and capital provision, the efficiency of the sector and the development of the curriculum;
Review technical education and training policies from time to time in the light of changing technologies and economic development;
Accept in partial fulfillment of a course of the study leading to the Council’s awards such periods of learning and training as it may recognize as being equivalent in outcome to that award;
Assist technical institutions in the transmission of knowledge, principles and training in the field of technical education and training for the benefit of the people of Tanzania;
Assist technical institutions in the overall development of the quality of education they provide and to promote and to maintain approved academic standards;
Co-operate with other bodies and organizations for such purposes as the council may from time to time; deem to be appropriate to achieve its objectives;
Advise the Minister on grant of autonomy to any accredited technical college;
Appoint the members of its Constituent Boards and Committees;
Appoint moderators for all validated courses leading to the Council’s award;
Receive income and undertake expenditure as may be necessary or appropriate for the discharge of its functions; and
Introduce any measures and procedures which may be necessary for the furtherance of the objectives of the Council.
NACTE Application Forms
- Application form for Accreditation Eligibility
- Application form for registration of Technical Institution
- Application form for recognition of Technical Institution’s Department
- Application form for provision Cross Border Education
- Awards and Evaluation Form
- Application Form for Admission of March Intake
- Regulation-Requirements to offer degree programmes
- Regulation-Registration of technical institution
- Regulation-National Technical Awards
- Accreditation and Recognition
- Information about competence based curriculum (CBET)
- NACTE NTA Admission Guidebook 2021/2022
- NTA & Non – NTA Admission Guidebook for Universities 2021/2022