Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades Tesda Courses

Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades is an institution accredited by TESDA that offers Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programs (TVET) under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades (INCAT)

Address: Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Telephone Number: N/A

The Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades (INCAT) in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, was founded in 1908 as the Laoag Provincial Trade School, in line with the government policy of establishing trade schools across the country to provide young people vocational training that could eventually make them economically productive and self-sufficient.

With an American, Mr. C. Knoop, as first principal, the school offered courses that were predominantly concerned with the development of skills for woodworking occupations. Succeeding heads, on the other hand, emphasized manual training for boys for the fifth grade to the seventh grade.

During the administration of the first Filipino principal, Mr. Miguel Guerrero, curricular offerings were expanded to include Home Economics for girls in the secondary level. Succeeding principals included Mr. Leslie Klejunger, Mr. Leoncio Agcaoili and Mr. Petronilo Madamba.

By 1921, the curriculum already covered elementary and the first two years of high school. By the time the next school principal Mr. Melanio Orbeta was chosen, a complete four-year secondary curriculum was already implemented.

With an enrolment of 300, it became necessary to phase out the elementary course and concentrate on the secondary trade courses. The school continued to be a provincial trade school until the World War II.

More building rose within the campus to cope with the rapidly increasing enrolment. New courses were offered such as radio mechanics, electricity, machine shop practice for boys, and dressmaking, foods trade and cosmetology for girls.

In 1952, the Ilocos Norte Trade School was converted from a provincial trade school into a National School of Arts and Trades by virtue of Republic Act No. 906. The curriculum now included trade technical courses.

In 1957, the school was administered by its first superintendent, Atty. Andres R. Asistin, who was later on became director of the Bureau of Vocational Education, and then director of Secondary Education, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

Mr. Hilarion C. Agustin, a native of Laoag, took over the stewardship of the school as the second Superintendent and oversaw the school’s conversion into Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades by virtue of Republic Act No. 5974. Also, through the efforts of Mr. Agustin, permission was granted for the school to open and offer the complete four years of the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education. It was also during his incumbency that courses leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching Vocational Education and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology were opened.

On January 6, 1978 the Mariano Marcos State University was created by virtue of Presidential Decree No.1279. The decree provided for the transferring of the college level courses of the INCAT into the said University. Since then, the school continued to operate as a purely secondary trade technical-vocational institution of learning with Mr. Jose M. Palafox and Mr. Bonifacio F. Santos as principals in respective succession.

In 1991, Mr. Eugenio P. Pedro took over the reign of the institution with his appointment as principal, and as a vocational school superintendent in 1994. Under his stewardship, post-secondary courses, in addition to the regular secondary trade curriculum, were started to be offered in School Year 1992-1993 by virtue of DECS R01 Order No.2. Offerings grew over the years to 14 regular courses and five skills upgrading courses, all registered and accredited under the Unified TVET Program Registration System (UTPRAS) of TESDA. Also, it is during his administration that many new and modern buildings were constructed such as the Information and Communications Technology Building, the Related Trade Subjects Building No. 3 and the Technical-Vocational Training Center, among others.

In pursuit of excellence, as it has envisioned itself to provide academic and skills training that would make young people responsible and productive citizens, INCAT though the years continues to strengthen its curricular offerings, upgrade its facilities, and improve its academic and co-curricular achievements.

Today, INCAT boast itself to have the biggest enrolment among all tech-voc providers in Region I, an accredited skills assessment center for different occupational areas, the number one tech-voc public school center of excellence in information and communications technology in Region I, the only public tech-voc secondary school in Region I that has a radio station, and the only public school in Region I offering the senior high school modelling program.

TESDA Approved Programs

Here is the list of available TESDA registered programs and short courses offered in “Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades” in the province of Ilocos Norte.

List of Tesda Courses Offered / Registered Programs

TESDA Course Authorized Duration
Automotive Servicing NC II 2,040 Hours
Baking and Pastry Production NC II 450 Hours
Bartending NC II 286 Hours
Beauty Care NC II 1,540 Hours
Building Wiring Installation NC II 1,960 Hours
Commercial Cooking NC II 504 Hours
Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II 2,494 Hours
Dressmaking NC II 1,872 Hours
Electrical Installation & Maintenance NC II 522 Hours
Finishing Course for Call Center Agents NC II 100 Hours
Food and Beverage Services NC II 336 Hours
Front Office Services NC II 504 Hours
Housekeeping NC II 504 Hours
Mechanical Drafting NC I 1,334 Hours
RAC (PACU/CRE) Servicing NC II 2,580 Hours
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II 304 Hours
Technical Drafting NC II 2,450 Hours

Basic Requirements for TESDA Courses:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • At least High School Graduate
  • Copy of NSO Birth Certificate
  • With good moral character
  • Undergone a pre-training assessment
  • Can communicate both orally and in written form

Training Fees and Schedule

The cost of training and tuition fees may vary depending upon the specific course of interest and the school offering the training. Training centers also may have slightly different syllabus to teach to students in a class.

For inquiries, tuition fees, enrollment procedures, class schedule and other concern, it would be better that you visit their school/training center and inquire for other documents they may need.

Location and Contact Information

For further information, please visit Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades. The assessment center is located at Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

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