NESC Competency Assessment Service (NCAS)

NESC's newly formed "School of Continuing Education" (SOCE) (formerly its Business Development Department), is committed to life-long learning, with a focus on technical, vocational and professional education, developed for adult learners who are seeking to enhance their knowledge thereby satisfying workforce development needs. One of the services offered by the SOCE is a Competency Assessment Service (other offerings include Certificate and Professional Development courses, Customised Training for Corporate Clients and Facilities Rental).

More about the NESC Competency Assessment Service

NCAS facilitates the recognition of the existing competencies of employees/individuals and/or members of the public based on the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) System. It involves the assessment of learning acquired through formal, non-formal and informal learning including work and life experience, previous training and study and volunteer work.

The aim of the Competency Assessment is to measure whether an employee/individual can perform a task or group of tasks in order to determine their knowledge, skills and competencies. The Assessment is based on a standard, in this case, the demonstration of competency to satisfy the requirements for the attainment of an NESC Level 2 Certificate.

How are the assessments done?

  • Assessments are done on a scheduled basis in collaboration with the Client.
  • Organisation and/or member of the public.
  • All materials and equipment will be provided for the assessment by NESC.
  • Assessments are conducted by trained and certified Assessors and Verifiers.

NCAS Benefits and Outcomes

  • Recognition of existing competencies/talents of workers.
  • Opportunity to enter or re-enter higher levels of technical, vocational education and training systems thereby encouraging continuous professional and/or technical development.
  • Increase staff motivation and morale.
  • Promotes safety, efficiency and reliability in the work environment.
  • Acts as a basis for classification of employees by level of competency demonstrated.
  • Provides a foundation for the development of a training plan for participants.
  • Assists in building a learning culture.

Methods of Assessment

The process requires a high degree of flexibility and specialization focusing on candidate support and candidate preparation. The assessment is conducted on an individual basis and includes a combination of the following:

  • Orientation and Sensitization Session.
  • Desktop Review.
  • Interview.
  • Written Assessment.
  • Practical Assessment/Demonstration.

How the NCAS Works

  • Client makes a request.
  • Proposal developed by NESC and accepted by client.
  • Candidates Registered (optional registration with Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Assessments conducted and verified.
  • Results Collated.
  • Transcripts and Certificates Issued.
  • Training Plan Submitted. (optional)

Occupational areas assessed by the NCAS

  • Automotive.
  • Data Operations.
  • Electrical.
  • Fabrication.
  • Mechanical.
  • Plant Fitting.
  • Pipefitting and Fabrication.
  • Plumbing.
  • Welding.
  • Other. (by request)

Project Team

A collaborative project team from NESC will oversee the NCAS. This team will document, monitor, evaluate and report on the assessment leading to its successful completion.

Assessment Cost

The cost for each qualification includes the following:

  • Technical resources. (Assessors, Internal Verifiers, External Verifiers)
  • Administrative Fees.
  • Certificate and Transcript Processing Fees.
  • Participant Assessment Cost TT$3,000.00.
  • Certificates are valid for five (5) years.

List of Clients

  • Weldfab Limited.
  • Damus.
  • Methanex Trinidad Limited.

Contact Information

Individuals and organisations requiring more information on NESC's Competency Assessment and other services offered through the School of Continuing Education may contact the Dean of the SOCE - Mrs Lisa Joseph 636-8315 ext 317 or visit NESC's Website at