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Nigerian Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF)

What is NSQF

NSQF formerly called NVQF is a system for the development, classification and recognition of skills, knowledge, understanding and competencies acquired by individuals, irrespective of where and how the training or skill was acquired. The system gives a clear statement of what the learner must know or be able to do whether the learning took place in a classroom, on-the-job, or less formally. The framework indicates the comparability of different qualifications and how one can progress from one level to another. The framework is the structure within which the National Skills Qualifications (NSQs) operate. 

The framework aims at 

i. promoting lifelong learning 

ii. providing quality assurance and recognition 


Promoting Life Long Learning 

- understanding occupational learning routes and qualifications and how they relate to each other. 

- providing access to vocational education and training


- making progression routes easier and clearer. 

- improving career mobility. 

- increasing the scope for recognition of prior learning. 


Lifelong learning is necessary to enhance an individual's employability in a rapidly changing world of work. People should have opportunities for training to meet needs arising from technological and economic development and changing career paths. 

National Skills Qualifications Framework can offer Nigeria an instrument for promoting the development of new qualifications, making delivery more flexible and widening the range of providers.

Click here to download the NSQF Operation Manual