National Labour Force Development Institute

The National Labour Force Development Institute as the organ responsible for the development and implementation of the vocational training policy, as well as defining the competency standards and establishing a national certification system.

Considering the norms foreseen in Articles 17º, 19º and 59º of the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, and also those foreseen in Article 16º of Decree-Law no. 07/2007, establishes the National Labour Force Development Institute (INDMO) as a public institute with the purpose of defining the competency standards and creating a certification system for vocational training in accordance with national and international standards.

Creation of INDMO 

The National Labour Force Development Institute, herewith known as INDMO, is established under the auspice of the Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment. It is an autonomous body endowed with its own judicial, administrative, financial responsibilities and its own assets.

The judicial capacity of INDMO is to practice all the judicial acts, to benefit from all the rights as well as be subjected to all the necessary obligations in executing its functions.


INDMO has the following functions:

  1. To define and approve the competency standards for the industry sectors in Timor-Leste;
    b. To certify competence according to the approved standards;
    c. To certify vocational training centres and enterprises to become places of certification and to certify qualified staff to become assessors.

Upload File: 

Jornal da Republica INDMO SERIE I NO 10.pdf

Decree-Law-2008-08 Eng.pdf

INDMO Qualification Rules and Packaging December 2014.pdf

INDMO The First Five Years 2008-2013.pdf

National Qualifications

National Competency Based Qualifications

What is a qualification?

A qualification is a formal certificate given when a person has achieved all the requirements for a qualification specified in the TLNQF.  That is, when a person can show the application of all the skills and knowledge specified in the industry competency standards. Where the qualification is registered on the TLNQF at Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 it will be registered by INDMO.

National qualifications in the vocational sector are created by combining units of competency into groups which meet job roles and are meaningful in the workplace, a process known as ‘packaging’, and aligning those groups of competencies to vocational qualifications identified in the TLNQF. National competency based qualifications in the vocational sector registered by INDMO include:

– Certificate I
– Certificate II
– Certificate III
– Certificate IV

There is also a “Foundation” Certificate, for non-employment related generic skills training.

What is a competency? 

Competency is the specific skill, knowledge or ability to complete a task. Competency standards describe the skills and knowledge that are needed to do a particular job in the workplace and the level of performance the person must achieve. They are more than just a list of a worker’s duties and must encompass the way effective workers operate.

Registration & Accreditation

By registering with SEFOPE training providers have the opportunity to become part of the vocational training system in Timor-Leste. By going through the registration process,  and where appropriate the accreditation process,  training providers are ensuring  that beneficiaries are getting the best chance to move ahead whether into employment or further training.

The standards for registration and accreditation were developed in 2009 and are being gradually implemented over a 2 to 3 year period. Providers who are not yet ready for registration can use the Training Provider Guide to Registration and Accreditation to plan and prepare for registration in the future. Officers from DNAFOP can help in this process.

Registration and accreditation is based upon quality standards. When training providers meet these quality standards, the employers, the community and individuals can have confidence that good quality training is being delivered in Timor-Leste.

What is the difference between registration and accreditation?

All organizations delivering training in Timor-Leste should be working towards formal registration with SEFOPE. The registration standards represent the minimum standards that a training provider should have to deliver good quality training. Only those training providers wishing to deliver national qualifications, including national foundation courses, need to seek accreditation to deliver national qualifications, courses and certificates.

The SEFOPE Directorate of Vocational Training (DNAFOP) is responsible for the registration of vocational training providers. The INDMO is responsible for the accreditation of registered training providers to deliver National Qualifications. National Competency Based Qualifications are based upon INDMO approved competency standards.