How to get NVQ – National Vocational Qualification

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This is your career path to a free government degree without O/L or A/L. With or without GCE O/L or A/L degree now you can make progressive growth upto degree level with National Vocational Qualification (NVQ).

What is NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) system?

National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) System is nationally and internationally recognized vocational certification system. NVQ consists of 7 Levels, with different levels of courses such as certificate, diploma and degree at each level (see diagram). Many developed and developing countries have introduced vocational skill certification systems similar to that of the NVQ system.

NVQ Levels in Sri Lanka

NVQ Levels in Sri Lanka

Where can I get Certificates, Diplomas, Higher Diploma and Degree Courses/ Training ?

NVQ Levels 1 -3

You can get training in various institutes conduct TVET courses in public private and NGO sector. There are 14 training delivery institutes and 382 vocational training centers under Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development.

NVQ Levels 4

You can get training in Technical Colleges. There are 38 Technical Colleges all over the country. Programmes are conducted on both full
time and part time basis. There are training programmes of duration six months to three years.

NVQ Levels 5 and 6- Obtain National Diploma and Higher National Diploma (HND)
You can get Diplomas in Colleges of Technology. There are nine of these Colleges in each Province.

Higher National Diplomas can be obtained Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technical Education (SLIATE) and Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) Katunayake.

Location map showing Technical Colleges and Colleges of Technoloyg (pdf)

NVQ Levels 7 – Obtain a Technical Degree
Bachelor of Technology Degree can be obtained from University of Vocational Technology (UNIVOTEC).

From NVQ to Diplomas, Degrees and National, and International Job Market

From NVQ to Diplomas, Degrees and National, and International Job Market

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NVQ Levels in Sinhala

NVQ Levels in Sinhala

What type of courses available?

TVET courses in 23 industry sectors are published in the TVET Guide. These sectors are;

* Information Communication and Multimedia Technology
* Building and Construction
* Automobile Repair and Maintenance
* Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunication
* Textile and Garments
* Finance Banking and Management
* Metal and Light Engineering
* Languages
* Personal and Community Development
* Hotel and Tourism
* Teacher Training
* Human Resources Management
* Wood Related
* Office Management
* Art Design and Media (Visual & Performing)
* Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
* Aviation, Aeronautics, Marine and Navigation
* Food Technology
* Medical and Health Science
* Printing and Packaging
* Agriculture Plantation and Livestock
* Gem and Jewellery
* Leather and Footwear

What is the industry acceptance of NVQ Holders?

The selection of occupation for development of courses is based on labour market information which shows local and foreign demand. The development of teaching and learning resources in TVET system is based on the standard in each occupation or sector developed in collaboration with industry and training experts. Therefore acceptability of NVQ holders by the industry is very high.

TVEC operates a labour market information system and disseminate information to its stakeholders through its bi-annual publication of the Labor Market Information(LMI) Bulletin and through its website. The LMI system makes use of newspaper survey reports, labour force survey reports, SLBFE reports, BOI reports etc. in its analysis and forecast.

Other Posts on Technical Education:

Technical and Vocational Education in Sri Lanka: certificates, diplomas, degrees
What is NVQ (Sinhala Video Produced by Wayamba Technical College)
Sri Lanka Qualifications Framework SLQF for Higher Education –

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  1. Nush March 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    I want to know more about this institute.

  2. Rz March 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Plz can u give nvq level 3 information technology syllabus and past papers.

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