The Industry Standards Advisory Committees (ISACs) comprise individuals with professional standing and experience in their various trades and professions who are appointed by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to develop National Qualifications (NQs) in Levels 1 – 6 on the Fiji National Qualifications Framework (FNQF). Membership is drawn from industry, professional associations, accrediting agencies and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

ISAC members are trained and registered by the HEC and they ensure that training and assessment meet industry requirements and that each qualification outlines the minimum number of unit standards a learner must achieve in any particular field. Seven NQs were piloted and rolled out at Montfort Boys’ Town and Vivekananda Technical Centre in 2013.

The rollout included the assessment of learners under the Competency-Based Assessment model which focuses on assessment at the workplace and the providence of evidence of the achievement of the learning outcomes concerned. Historically, all learners undertaking NQs were assessed by registered assessors who were regulated by the HEC. Due to progressive developments of the Higher Education Improvement Programme (FHEIP), the policy framework for assessment and moderation will be affected.

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