Qualifications vary between academic, applied, professional, or technical corresponding to labor market and development needs, renewable knowledge, and rapid changes demanded by cognitive and technical transformations of work environments. These qualifications may be in a specific field or interdisciplinary. To this end, the NQF identifies two types of qualifications: Primary and Supplemental Qualifications.
Primary Qualification: a qualification associated with formal education and recognition representing an integrated curriculum of knowledge, skills, and values that qualify the learner to enter the labor market or to continue learning. Examples of a Primary Qualification include secondary education certificates, and Bachelor's, or others.
Supplemental Qualification: a qualification encompassing a set of knowledge, skills, and values, however that occurs in shorter duration and to lesser levels of depth and breadth than a Major Qualification. This type of qualification is often used for purposes of meeting job performance requirements, to pursue further education in later stages, or for career mobility purposes. Examples include, but are not limited to diplomas, and professional certifications at various levels.
Qualifications originate from major-specialized programs built on a scientific basis -representing either a single knowledge discipline or cross-disciplinary, based on scientific evidence in which more than one discipline is involved, with specific outcomes that cannot be achieved through a single knowledge discipline. Providing the total knowledge acquired from other modules does not exceed 10%, in light of the following:
- A Major Specialization is a specialty subject-area studied in college or any other recognized educational institution. The number of credit hours for a major specialization should be a minimum of 30% and a maximum of 60% of the primary requirements for the specialization. University requirements are not included thereof. These requirements should be included in the learner's transcript.
- A Minor Specialization is a subject-area studied outside the primary area of specialization in college or any recognized educational institution. The number of credit hours for a minor specialization should be a minimum of 25% and a maximum of 30% of the primary requirements for the specialization. This should be included in the learner's transcript along with the specialization field.