The TUPQ is the flagship program of DITSELA which has been hailed as the first Level 4 qualification in trade unionism, and the first of its kind to be offered in South African and Africa. This qualification was always envisaged as a developmental vehicle for DITSELA into the formalisation of trade union education, and into formal qualifications and assessments. Except for the DITSELA Advanced National Labour Education Programme (DANLEP) a Level 5 Diploma currently offered in collaboration with the Universities of Western Cape and Cape Town, the focus was always and continue to be, the delivery of quality non-formal and formal education.

This qualification is accredited by ETDP Seta. Participants who complete the course and are competent will get an accredited certificate from ETDP Seta at NQF Level 4.
DITSELA will issue certificates to participants who have met the course requirements of attendance, participation and assessment.

How much will I pay?
Although DITSELA courses are highly subsidised, unions pay a minimal fee for their participants. This is in keeping with the principle adopted by the Federations that affiliated unions must contribute to the cost of DITSELA’s programme.
The fee structure is subject to change by DITSELA in consultation with the Federations. DITSELA will invoice the union/federation head office after course has finished.

SHORT Courses /Workshops
There is no attendance fee, except for transport, which trade unions must provide.



Kindly Note: Due to the current COVID 19 regulations All Modules will be take place Online. We will adjust as the COVID 19 regulations improve for better. You will be kept informed/updated.

Other Services

Where a union/ federation has received funding for a project for which DITSELA is providing support, the daily fee payable to DITSELA will be negotiated.

What else do I need to know?
Participants and/ or their unions are responsible for transport arrangements and any travel costs that are incurred including travel to and fro airports, parking and tollgates.

DITSELA will arrange accommodation for participants who are unable to travel daily to a course venue. Please note accommodation is on shared basis. Should a participant not be able to share, s/he or his/her union can pay a single room. This must be arranged directly with the hotel/venue. Where participants are required to be resident, DITSELA will make arrangements with the unions concerned.

The long national courses are residential. For other courses, accommodation is provided for those unable to travel daily and whose union approves the accommodation. Participants and unions will be informed of any changes to these arrangements for a particular course.

Time off and lost wages
Participants and their unions are responsible for making arrangements for time off and payment of lost wages.

Code of Conduct
All participants are expected to adhere to a Code of Good Conduct. This includes proper use of facilities, being on time and attending the full course. Harassment of all kinds, including sexual harassment, is not acceptable.

Childcare facilities
Participants requiring childcare must notify DITSELA immediately after their acceptance to attend a course has been confirmed. DITSELA will provide childcare for children from 6 months up to six years old.

Due to resource constraints, all DITSELA courses are written and facilitated in English. However, as far as possible, we will make provision within a course for those who wish to express themselves in their preferred language.