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Technical And Vocational Education And Training Act, 2013.


This Act is meant to provide for:

  • the establishment of a technical and vocational education and training system,
  • the governance and management of institutions offering technical and vocational education and training,
  • coordinated assessment, examination and certification,
  • promotion of access and equity in training and to assure standards, quality and relevance in such institutions.
  • standards, quality and relevance of training at such institutions
  • Technical and Vocational Educational and Training institutions (both local and foreign offering or intending to offer training in Kenya). Only licensed persons and institutions to offer training in Kenya except those already offering the same as of 24th June, 2013 (who should apply for registration within 6 months from the said date).
  • All trainers to be licensed and registered by the Board. (Section 23)
  • Training Institutions to be managed in accordance with the Act. (Section 27)
  • Programs and courses to be offered should first be approved by the Board. Academic award or qualification issued by institutions not accredited, registered and licensed are not recognized in Kenya.
  • The Board conducts periodic evaluation of each institution to assess and evaluate the quality of training they offer. (Section 33).
  • Skills or competencies acquired by a person on the job may also be assessed by the Board and equated to qualifications within the training framework. The Board may then recommend to the appropriate competent authorities to issue corresponding certificates and diplomas. (Section 43).

All foreign institutions already offering training in Kenya were meant to apply for accreditation, licensing and registration within 6 months from 24th June, 2013. Foreign institution may also apply to the Board to enter into an agreement with a licensed Kenyan Institution for the purpose of offering joint training services. (Section 22)

  • TVETA is a State Corporation established under the Act. The functions of TVETA are to:
    • regulate and co-ordinate training under the Act;
    • accredit and inspect programmes and courses;
    • advise and make recommendations to the Cabinet Secretary on all matters related to training;
    • determine the national technical and vocational training objectives;
    • promote access and relevance of training programmes within the framework of the overall national socio-economic development plans and policies;
    • prescribe the minimum criteria for admission to training institutions and programmes in order to promote access, equity and gender parity;
    • recognize and equate qualifications awarded by local or foreign technical and vocational education institutions in accordance with the standards and guidelines set out by the Authority from time to time;
    • develop plans and guidelines for the effective implementation of the provisions of this Act;
    • establish a training system which meets the needs of both the formal and informal sectors as provided under this Act;
    • collect, examine and publish information relating to training;
    • inspect, license, register and accredit training institutions;
    • advise on the development of schemes of service for trainers;
    • assure quality and relevance in programmes of training;
    • liaise with the National and County Governments and with the public and the private sector on matters relating to training;
    • undertake, or cause to be undertaken, regular monitoring, evaluation and inspection of training and institutions to ensure compliance with set standards and guidelines;
    • mobilize resources for development of training;
    • ensure the maintenance of standards, quality and relevance in all aspects of training, including training by or through open, distance and electronic learning;
    • approve the process of introduction of new training programmes and review existing programmes in Technical and Vocational Education and Training Board institutions;
    • perform any other functions necessary for the better implementation of the Act.
  • This is the Board that manages funds to be used for financing technical and vocation education institutions (the Technical and Vocational Education Training Fund).
  • Sources of the Fund:
    • monies provided by Parliament;
    • money specifically assigned for the Fund by the Authority out of its own Funds; and
    • income generated by investments made by the trustees; and
    • endowments, grants and gifts from whatever source designated for the Fund.
  • Functions of the Funding Board:
    • disburse funds to institutions in accordance with criteria prescribed by the Cabinet Secretary, taking into account the respective institution’s output, efficiency and role in areas prioritized by the Government;
    • in consultation with the institutions, establish the maximum differentiated unit cost for the programmes offered and discipline differentiated remuneration for academic staff and advise the Government accordingly; and
    • receive funds for purposes of the Fund from the Government, donors, and from any other source;
  • provide advice on disbursement criteria for the Fund utilization.
  1. Undertake a business name search from the Registrar General
  2. Obtain a “letter of no objection” on suitability of the name from TVETA
  3. Register the Business name with the office of the Registrar General
  4. Download the TVETA application Forms for accreditation of the institution, the manager, the trainer, approval of programs.
  5. Submit complete application forms to TVETA (Telposta Towers 25th Floor) or email to [email protected].
  6. TVETA will Verify and evaluate the completeness of the application Forms and an acknowledgement letter will be sent to the applicant
  7. The institution will be scheduled for inspection if the application is found to have met the minimum requirements by the TVETA Director General.
  8. A Team of assessors will physically visit and inspect the institution for compliance with set standards for registration and licensing.
  9. The assessors will prepare an inspection report which is presented to the TVETA Board
  10. Resolution of the Board based on evaluation of the inspection report shall either;
    • Approve Licensing of the institution
    • Reject the application
    • Request the Institution to improve within a period of six months
  11. The applicant is notified on results of the TVETA Board resolution within 3 months from the date of submission of a fully compliant application. Where comments are made, resubmit revised application within 6 months (Section 20).
  12. TVETA will issue training License to qualified institutions and maintain a register of the institutions and programs approved.
  13. With regard to accreditation, licensing and registration, any person aggrieved by the decision of the Board may, within thirty days of being notified of the decision, appeal to the Cabinet Secretary against the decision. (Section 24)
  14. TVETA will maintain an institution register of;
    • Ongoing registrations
    • Approved and registered
    • To improve

The council is established in Section 44 and has an obligation to: -

  • Develop curricula
  • Make rules regarding examination assessments.
  • Issue certificates
  • Promote recognition of its qualifications in foreign systems
  • Investigate and determine disciplinary cases of registered students.
  • Promote and carry out research
  • Promote publication of books relevant to its examinations
  • Other matters incidental to the performance of any of the above functions.

TelPosta Towers 25th Floor,

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P. O. Box 35625 – 00100,



Tel.: +254 20 2392140

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