Filipinos, check these TESDA Online Courses For FREE!

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor February 22nd, 2015 Posted in Philippines, Travel Blog 64 Comments

Undeniably, the scope of employment and demands is getting wider these days. It is no longer limited to those have acquired their degrees or to those who are considered as working professionals. The employment competition in local and global scene is becoming more intense; in the same way that skilled workers are becoming more in demand today.

The demand for skilled employees, both locally and abroad, is still on an all-time high. But these opportunities require specialized skills and learning these skills comes with a cost – may it be time or money.

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The question is, are you equipped?

Applying for training, seminars, and vocational courses aren’t cheap and usually requires a lot of our time. Fortunately, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is offering free online courses for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), out-of-school youths, unemployed adults, students, and even workers and professionals who want to acquire new skills. Good news for Pinoys! The

Good news for Pinoys! The Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA) has launched its latest free service – a NO TUITION FEE TRAINING, which will make it more accessible for Filipino Citizens to develop their technical and vocational skills with the help of the internet. All you need is your convenient time and a stable Internet connection.



This program is open to all Filipino aspirants who may vary from professionals, laborers, unemployed, out of school youths, students, and even those who work overseas (OFWs) who want to learn or have their skills upgraded.

It will allow students/aspirants to work and study on their chosen course at their most convenient time, and in their most comfortable space, as long as they have a stable internet connection on hand.

However, the student/aspirant won’t be eligible to get a training certificate even after completing the online course, unless he will take and pass the assessment test offered at the respective TESDA Assessment Center.

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List of TESDA Online Courses that has no Tuition Fee:

As of November 2015, TESDA offers the following courses for free:


  1. Food and Beverage Servicing
  2. Housekeeping
  3. Cookery
  4. Bread and Pastry Production

Trainers Methodology I

Trainers Methodology II 

Health, Social and Other Community Development Services

  1. Massage Therapy
  2. Beauty Care (Nail Care)



Information Technology

  1. Basic Computer Operation
  2. Web Development using HTML5 and CSS3
  3. Animation (3D DIGITAL)
  4. Microsoft Online Courses
  5. Game Development
  6. Software Development Fundamentals
  7. C# Fundamentals for Beginners
  8. Udacity – Google Courses
  9. SMART Android Mobile Apps Development for Beginners
  10. SMART Technopreneurship 101



  1. Diesel Engine Tune Up
  2. Automotive Battery Servicing

Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition


  1. STAR Online Training Program
  2. Managing Your Personal Finances


Know Your Courses

Each course category has a training regulation (TR) manual which serves as the basis for competency assessment and certification, registration and delivery of training programs, and development of curriculum and assessment instruments.

The TRs consists of four sections: the definition of qualification, competency standards, training standards, and national assessment and certification arrangements.

Definition of qualification refers to the competencies that describe the different functions of the qualification; it’s comprised of “units of competencies” that a trainee must achieve in order to be qualified. Competency standards provide the specifications of competencies needed for effective work performance. Training standards, on the other hand, lists information and requirements such as curriculum design, training delivery, entry requirements, equipment and facilities, and the like.

Each course category has “courseware” or subcategories that a trainee has to study in order to complete the qualification for a course category. The courseware is where the modules are found.


The course categories under Tourism are 1) Food and Beverage Servicing NC II, 2) Housekeeping NC II, 3) Cookery NC II, and 4) Bread and Pastry Production NC II.

Food and Beverage Servicing NC II

The courseware under this course category are:

  1. Waiter Servicing (7 modules)
  2. Room Attendant Servicing (5 modules)
  3. Bus Boy Servicing (4 modules)

Housekeeping NC II

The courseware under this course category are:

  1. Provide Housekeeping Services to Guests (2 modules)
  2. Guest Room Attendant Servicing (9 modules)
  3. Valet Servicing (1 module)
  4. Public Area Attendant Servicing (4 modules)
  5. Laundry Servicing (1 module)

Cookery NC II

The courseware under this course category are:

  1. Preparing Sandwiches (4 modules)
  2. Preparing Egg Dishes (2 modules)
  3. Preparing Vegetable Dishes (3 modules)
  4. Preparing Starch Dishes (3 modules)
  5. Preparing Salads and Salad Dressing (5 modules)
  6. Preparing Appetizers (1 module)
  7. Preparing Desserts (4 modules)
  8. Preparing Stocks, Soups, and Sauces (4 modules)
  9. Preparing Poultry and Game Dishes (4 modules)
  10. Preparing Seafood Dishes (5 modules)
  11. Preparing Meat Dishes (4 modules)

Bread and Pastry Production NC II

The courseware under this course category are:

  1. Preparing Cakes (under development)
  2. Preparing Bakery Product (under development)
  3. Preparing Petits Fours (under development)
  4. Preparing Pastry Products (under development)

Trainers Methodology I

Note that the prerequisite in taking this course is a National Certificate (NC) of any qualification.

The courseware under this course category are:

  1. Plan Training Session (6 modules)
  2. Facilitate Learning Session (1 module)
  3. Utilize Electronic Media in Facilitating Training (4 modules)
  4. Conduct Competency Assessment (3 modules)

These are only 4 of the 6 courseware needed to complete the qualification. TESDA is still in the process of developing the other courseware, but you can enrol in a face-to-face training in any TESDA Accredited Technical Vocational Institutes if you’re interested.

Trainers Methodology II

Note that the prerequisite in taking this course is a National Certificate (NC) of Trainers Methodology I. There are 6 courseware required for the qualification, but TESDA is currently in the process of developing these. However, if you’re interested, you can enrol in face-to-face training in any TESDA Accredited Technical Vocational Institutes.

Health, Social and other Community Development Services

The course categories under Health, Social and other Community Development Services are 1) Massage Therapy NC II, and 2) Beauty Care Services (Nail Care) NC II.

Massage Therapy NC II

The courseware under this course category are:

  1. Swedish Massage (5 modules)
  2. Thai Massage (2 modules)
  3. Shiatsu Massage (2 modules)

Beauty Care Services (Nail Care) NC II

This course has 7 modules covering plain manicure, hand spa, plain pedicure, and foot spa.


This course category only has one courseware, Ships’ Catering NC III (Ships’ Cook), that consist of 2 modules.


Like Maritime, this course only has one courseware, Solar Night Light Assembly, which has 4 modules.

Information Technology

The course categories under Information Technology are 1) Basic Computer Operation, 2) Web Development using HTML5 and CSS3, 3) Animation (3D DIGITAL), 4) Microsoft Online Courses, 5) Udacity – Google Courses, 6) SMART Android Mobile Apps Development for Beginners, and 7) SMART Technopreneurship 101.

Basic Computer Operation

This course only has one courseware, Intel Easy Steps (Facebook App).

Web Development using HTML5 and CSS3

This course only has one courseware, Web Development Using HTML 5.

Animation (3D DIGITAL)

The courseware under this course category are:

  1. Use an Authoring Tool to Create an Interactive Sequence
  2. Produce Key Drawing for Animation
  3. Create 3D Digital Animation

Microsoft Online Courses

The courseware under this course category are:

  1. Game Development
    1. Game Production Basics
    2. Developing 2D Games with HTML5
    3. Developing 2D & 3D Games with Unity
  2. Software Development Fundamentals
  3. C# Fundamentals for Beginners

Udacity – Google Courses

The courseware under this course category are:

  1. Android Development for Beginners
  2. UX Design for Mobile Developers

SMART Android Mobile Apps Development for Beginners

This course only has one courseware, Mobile Application Development using the Android Platform.

SMART Technopreneurship 101

The courseware under this course category are:

  1. Introduction to Technology Entrepreneurship
  2. The Start of an Entrepreneurial Journey
  3. The Business Model
  4. Product Development
  5. Customer Validation


This course category only has one courseware, Fruit Grower, which consists of 2 modules.


The course categories under Automotive are 1) Diesel Engine Tune Up, and 2) Automotive Battery Servicing.

Diesel Engine Tune Up

This course has 4 modules covering basics and installation of diesel engines.

Automotive Battery Servicing

This course has 4 modules covering basics of automotive battery, testing and removing the automotive battery, and servicing.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition

This course category only has one courseware, Packaged Air Conditioner Unit Servicing, which consists of 1 module.


The course categories under Entrepreneurship are 1) STAR Online Training Program, and 2) Managing Your Personal Finances.

STAR Online Training Program

This course has 4 modules covering planning and managing a business.

Managing Your Personal Finances

This course has one module covering finance management.

5 Reasons to Enroll on a Free Course Online

In case you’re having doubts, we’ve listed why you should enroll now!

  1. It’s free! First and foremost, these are courses that aim to equip you with new, practical skills that you can actually use. If you already have a day job, you can take on side gigs and apply the competencies you’ve acquired. If you’re a student, you can work part-time.
  2. It’s an investment. Learning new things is always an investment. The good thing here is: you only invest your most convenient time.
  3. Own pace, own place. You have complete autonomy on the number of hours you spend on the course, and your environment. If you’re most productive in the morning, then you can take on the modules in the morning.
  4. Extra income! You acquire skills for free. Your convenient time is your only investment. You learn at your own pace, in your own comfortable place. And you can earn with skills you’ll learn. We really don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t enroll!
  5. You can earn while traveling! Finishing courses in Game Development and Information Technology gives you an opportunity for remote work. This means that you only need certain equipment—like your laptop or smartphone—to work. There are many sites online that are looking for freelance employees with skills in Game Development and Information Technology.

We know we only said we’ll give you five reasons, but here’s a bonus:

  1. You can start a business! Finishing courses like Cookery, Electronics, Beauty Care, and Massage Therapy equips you with skills that have business potential. You can start your own nail salon, or massage lounge! What are you waiting for?

The tuition fee is free (libre) for online TESDA Courses. To enroll, the aspiring students should register an account through then follow the instruction for the enrollment. Prepare for a valid email as it will be used during the registration or enrollment process.

For inquiries and other concern, send an email to or call +632 – 3837839. Applicants may also visit TESDA Schools near their place.

8 Steps to Enroll in this Online Program

If you are interested to enroll in any registered online course, first you have to make and register an account with TESDA. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to TESDA online program website At the upper most portion of the website you will find login link (you are not login). Go to that link.


Step 2: Start creating your account. Fill out the needed information in the given form. Then click create an account. A message will be sent to your given email address to activate your account.



Step 3: Once you have your TESDA account you can now enroll to your chosen course. Login to your account. You will be redirected to TESDA online program homepage where you will see the list of courses.


Step 4: Click the course you want to take.


Step 5: Courses are divided into modules. Choose link of the module you want to study.


Step 6: At the lower left tab you will read ‘Enroll me in this course.’


Step 7: Confirm your enrollment by choosing ‘YES’ in the popup window.

Step 8: Congratulations you are now enrolled to your chosen online program.

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64 thoughts on “Filipinos, check these TESDA Online Courses For FREE!

  1. Dear sir /ma’am,
    Good day.
    I’m interested to take online courses for massage therapy.
    If I finish my course how nan I get the certificate.

  2. hi good am.. available parin po kaya ito? until now? im interested.. i want to take information technology.. please message me/inform me.. i’ll wait.. thank you.. very helpful

  3. Paanu ung kagaya q here abroad how to learn about this program bcoz I want to need to learn as a caregiver coz this is a course I like…

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