Dressmaking Course in TESDA – Part 1

June 8, 2017

“The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA is a government agency tasked to manage and supervise technical education and skills development in the Philippines.”

TESDA is one of those important agency of the government because it aims to help student who cant afford to go to colleges/universities as well as those graduates but still want to obtain a certificate of their desired program to be taken. To ensure that graduates of this program are given quality training, the students undergo an assessment prior to the issuance of the certificate. The assessment process seeks to determine whether the graduate or worker can perform to the standards expected in the workplace based on the defined competency standards. Certification is provided to those who meets the standards. This ensures the productivity, quality and global competitiveness of the middle-level workers.

I would also want to inform everyone that TESDA also launches an online program. But this topic will focus mainly on my own experience on the Dressmaking Course.

When I came back from The Netherlands, one thing that comes my mind is to look for a Dressmaking school while I am still waiting for the result of my Civic Integration Exam. And I was so glad after I found out that TESDA-Cebu is offering the program  and will start on May 2017. The short course program is Dressmaking NC II which would take a minimum of 240 hours to complete. I went to Tesda right away and took the examination. There were 3 sets of exam and the good thing is you will know the result on the same day together with the needed requirements. And these are as follows:

  • Highschool Diploma/TOR for college level or graduate/College Diploma.
  • Medical Certificate
  • Drug Test
  • NSO
  • Police Clearance or NBI
  • 1×1 and passport size Id picture with white background.
  • folder

The class started on May 29, 2017. Like the typical start of the school, majority were not present so it is not really counted as a regular class. In a week, we get to know first the parts of the machine, the needed materials for sewing and the handouts of proper body measurement. Its also good that the trainor start from theories first and even gave us short quizzes from the topic. Everyone are excited because in anytime soon we will be doing it in actual.

The part 2 of this blog will be our hands on experience in making our own dress from measuring, pattern drafting, cutting and sewing. Can’t wait to share what I learn from the program  in the future.

For those who are interested to be part of this program, the location and the contact number of the agency are as follows:

  • Address: Provincial Office – Cebu Archbishop Reyes Ave., Lahug, Cebu City
  • Telephone numbers: (032) 234-2901/03
  • Email Address: tesdacebu@yahoo.com.ph




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  1. Hi val! ur blog is very helpful.it inspires me to take up ds course dressmaking in TESDA. Looking forward to pictures of dresses/clothes that uv learn in school.Will try to enroll on d nxt batch.thnks!

  2. This sounds like something I would definitely be interested in completing as I alter most of my dresses and add a different touch to it. I would love to learn how to make real dresses. It’s too bad it’s so far away from LA. Thanks for sharing though ♥️

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