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Professional Designation:

“Means a title or status conferred by a Professional Body in recognition of a person’s expertise and right to practise in an occupational field” (thus, your ‘license to operate in a specific occupation).

And furthermore, as per the SAQA policy for Professional Bodies, The Policy requires inter alia that for a professional designation to be registered on the NQF it must:

  • Be linked to a validated database of the names of individuals conferred the professional designation
  • Include, as an initial requirement, an underlying qualification which may include an occupational qualification.
  • In the case of an individual’s qualification having been obtained at an institution not registered in South Africa, the individual applying to a Professional Body for a professional designation, must ensure that the qualification has been evaluated by SAQA and found comparable to the South African underlying qualification.
  • Include as retention requirements continuing professional development (CPD) and adherence to a code of professional ethics/conduct.

Notes relating to §42.

  • The Professional Body must thus upload its registered practitioners onto the NLRD but can only do so if the Training Providers upload learner results to the PB

The IWH PB currently has the following SAQA registered Designations