TESDA Online Program Takes to Next Level with Introduction of TOP Mobile App – Manila Bulletin

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has launched a mobile application for its online vocational training program to make tech-voc training more accessible to Filipinos.

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Designed to enhance learners’ mobile learning experience, the TESDA Online Program (TOP) mobile application enables offline use of the courses offered by TESDA.

A web-based platform that provides an effective and efficient means of delivering Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the location and time of the learner, the TOP can be downloaded to smartphones via Google Play Store and App Store.

TESDA, in a statement released Thursday, June 30, said that with the introduction of the TOP mobile app “learners can download and learn offline and sync their progress when they have internet access.”

Meanwhile, TESDA has also bolstered the TOP with the introduction of courses with accessibility features to help people with disabilities (PWD).

TOP courses for NC II Food Processing and NC II Bread and Pastry Production have been integrated with accessibility features such as screen reading capabilities, Filipino Sign Language and audio narration.

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said the agency relied heavily on the TOP to ensure the continued provision of TVET to learners.

“The TESDA online curriculum and TOP mobile app have been strengthened and redesigned to better bridge the digital divide and create a more exciting digital learning experience for our learners,” he said.

In May, TESDA said that 316,119 users have registered for TOP for 2022, bringing the number of cumulative users to 3,905,895 since 2012.

Currently, TESDA said there are 141 online courses on the TOP.

TESDA said enrollees will receive an electronic certificate of completion after completing a course. “However, only those who register and take courses for full qualifications can undergo a skills assessment and receive a national certificate,” the agency said.

Besides the TOP mobile app, TESDA said the learning platform is still accessible through the TOP website at https://e-tesda.gov.ph/.

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