In 2017, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) approved the establishment of the CARICOM Qualifications Framework (CQF) for implementation across member states in the region. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago is in the process of conducting research and capacity building with regards to national implementation of the CQF in the form of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The NQF is a structural system which depicts level descriptors and competencies for all qualifications to be offered domestically. These competencies are developed as exit qualifications and expressed by post-secondary and tertiary education institutions as programme learning outcomes. The NQF establishes principles, policies and guidelines/criteria which enables learners to gain competencies for progression in their learning and achievement of qualifications. This enables national recognition of acquired skills and knowledge to be registered, thereby ensuring an integrated system that encourages life-long learning.

The Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) is working closely with the National Training Agency in a collaborative project to develop and implement a National Qualifications Framework for Trinidad and Tobago. The establishment of the NQF will be based on collaboration with key stakeholders in the education and training environment.