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What is the SDF course

What Is The Role Of An SDF?

SDFs shave many functions within the skills and development space; these include:

  • Assisting employers and employees in developing their workplace skills plan (WSP)
  • Submitting the WSP to the relevant SETA
  • Advising an employer on the implementation of their WSP.
  • Guiding the employer on how to implement the WSP.
  • Helping the employer to draft an annual training report on the WSP.
  • Advising on the quality assurance requirements set out by the SETA.
  • Acting as a contact person/liaison between the employer and the relevant SETA.
  • Serving as a skills development resource.
  • Conducts a Skills Audit in your workplace.
  • Assist in the alignment of skills against the National Qualification Framework
  • Source the correct Training Provider

What are the roles of an SDF?

The employer must provide the SDF with resources, facilities and training necessary to perform the functions set out above.

A Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) is responsible for the planning, implementations and reporting of training in an organisation, with SETA related duties.    The function of your SDF, be it an internal SDF, and external (outsourced) SDF or Secondary SDF (Union representative elected to assist with the submission of the grant) is to assist the company with developing and executing the WSP and submitting it to the SETA during the grant submission reporting period. In conjunction the SDF must report on the ATR for the past year which is also submitting during the reporting season.

Roles of an SDF:

  • Facilitator: To facilitate the development of an employer’s skills development strategy
  • Expert: To serve as an expert resource for accrediting the employer as a training provider and for the implementation of appropriate learnerships and skills programmes.
  • Administrator: To complete and submit the
  • Advisor: To advise the employers and employees on the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) and on the implementation of the WSP
  • Education and needs evaluator: To assess the skills development needs of the organisation
  • Mediator: To serve as a contact person between the employer and the relevant Seta

Does an SDF need to be registered?

A Skills Development Facilitator must be registered with the relevant SETA. The SDF can perform these duties for more than one employer, but must be registered for every employer at the same or at a different SETA. Although SDF’s are not required to have any formal qualifications to register, organisations will normally appoint a SDF who has an ETD qualification.

Who can be appointed as a SDF?

In larger organisations, a currently employed training or Human Resource (HR) manager may take up the role of an internal SDF. In smaller organisations there is often no dedicated training or HR professional fulfilling that role, and so a manager or company owner will assume the responsibility. The role can also be outsourced to a professional external SDF.

TrainYouCan Accredited Training Network offer the SDF course also known as the Skills Development Facilitator Course both online through elearning and classroom sessions. For pricing and bookings please visit or read the full course detail of the SDF course here.

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Skills Development Facilitator Training Course

Skills Development Facilitator Training Course

This Skills Development Facilitator course will equip learners with the required knowledge and skills to identify training needs, draw up Work Place Skills Plans and Annual Training Reports. This course will give you a good comprehension of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and will help you to develop your skills and will be a good start in acquiring a variety of qualifications within the fields of Education Training and Development Practices and Human Resource Development.

This course is accredited with ETDP SETA upon successful completion of your Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) for Unit Standard 15221, 15217, 15218 and 15232.

Skills Development Facilitator Training Course

Understand the function of a Skills Development Facilitator

  • Facilitator
  • Understand the context of skills development in South Africa
  • Understand outcomes – based education and training
  • Understand the structures involved in skills development
  • Provide information and advise that is relevant to the need of an organisation
  • Context of a Learning needs analysis
  • Conducting an analysis
  • Identifying current and required skills
  • Establish learning requirements
  • Establish and agree skills priorities
  • Understand the context and requirements of a Workplace Skills plan
  • Creating a matrix for WSP information
  • Develop a Workplace Skills Plan
  • Develop an Annual Training report
  • Plan and organise a learning intervention
  • Coordinate Learning interventions
  • Review and report learning interventions
  • Collate and store data related to skills development
  • Provide information related to skills development data
  • Contribute to the improvement of systems and procedures related to the processing of data

Skills Development Facilitator Training Course