BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The Vocational teacher certificate course started in 1987 and then adopted by VET Act No 1 of February 1994 which further provided for recognized vocational teacher training in Tanzania. The current curriculum was revised in 2005. This programme is offered in two modes namely In-campus and off-campus modes.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE
The course is intended to produce vocational instructors with exit profiles of the following categories: -
Pedagogical competences
Management competences
Vocational teacher attributes

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
The course is divided into four (4) modules: -
Communication Methods
Education Studies
Training Methodology
Training Workshop Management
In addition to the above modules the trainee will have to complete Instructional Practice (IP) of specified period.

In-Campus and Full Time Mode
The certificate course attended in this mode is conducted at the VITC main campus.  The full course will cover four modules in 42 weeks including two Teaching Practice periods of 4 weeks each.

The Off-Campus Mode
The Off-campus certificate course for Vocational teacher training is comprised of the same four- (4) modules. However, candidates for this mode of course delivery will have only one week TP assessment period because they are engaged in teaching in their day to day operations. We believe that a learner in the off-campus situation can accomplish the same study in more than 11/2 times the duration for the full time course.  This is because such a learner is in a more difficult learning environment.  Basing on this calculation and, the off-campus approach has been assigned 78 weeks.
This mode of attendance gives the opportunity for candidates to learn while they work and is required to last for 78 weeks.  It is based on the notion that theory and practice can challenge and inspire each other.  Observing practices and adapting pedagogical theory gives an understanding of the existing practice and draws attention to relationships, which are not compatible.  The instructor can therefore generate his/her own ideas on how to improve the old practice.
The off-campus mode of attendance will be based on facilitation provided at the selected Regional Vocational Training and Service Centres, which will be contracted by the Morogoro VITC to facilitate the off-campus programme in the zone (the college is still responsible for quality assurance).  The facility at each regional centre will consist of a small learning resource centre stocked with appropriate reference books and materials.  Standard teaching and learning materials will be developed and prepared by the college to assist knowledge and skills assimilation.  A mentor (specially trained and technically competent) stationed at the regional centre will be responsible for facilitating learning and will frequently be assisted by a facilitator from the college itself.  The regional centre will also set aside a classroom equipped with basic facilities including an overhead projector and a screen for instructional purpose.  The Morogoro VITC should assist the establishment of the Resource Centre in the regions in terms of expertise.  The cost of this establishment should be included in VETA budget including the training of mentors.  The Learning Resources Centres at the region will have to be prepared and stocked with necessary materials before piloting can start.  The Morogoro VTTC may also arrange face-to-face contacts at the VTC or elsewhere to discuss and find situations to programme issues as they emerge from participants in the regional centres.

MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION
English will be the medium of instruction for the whole course.

ASSESSMENT
The assessment is conducted formatively (continuously) and summatively (i.e. there will be final validation Assessment) which will be set by VETA Examination unit.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
The vocational teacher certificate course is a programme intended for the vocational teacher.  Entry qualifications are flexible, particularly with regard to recognition of prior learning and experience.  The minimum entry qualifications required for this course are ALL the following:
National form IV certificate or equivalent.
Three years working experience.
A minimum of vocational certificate level III or equivalent or Full Technician Certificate (FTC).
Reliable sponsor OR able to pay fees.
However, as noted-above there are special cases in which a prospective course participant may be considered for admission on individual merits.