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PROFESSIONAL BODY

THE SAQA CRITERIA FOR RECOGNISING A PROFESSIONAL BODY IS:

  • Protect the interest and the professional status of its members
  • Protect the public interest in relation to services provided by practitioners and the associated risks.
  • Show evidence of inherent social responsibility and advancing the objectives of the NQF.
  • Be a legally constituted entity with the necessary human and financial resources to undertake its functions, governed either by a statute, charter or a constitution and compliant with and adhere to good corporate governance practices.
  • Represent, and where applicable, also regulate, a recognised community of expert practitioners.
  • Apply peer judgement in decision making.
  • Develop, award and revoke its professional designations in terms of its own rules, legislation and/or international conventions.
  • Monitor its professional designations in terms of its own rules, legislation and/or international conventions.
  • Manage the revocation of designations, as well as disciplinary matters, appeals and complaints in a transparent manner and in terms of its own rules, legislation and/or international conventions.
  • Set criteria for, promote and monitor continuing professional development (CPD) for its members to meet the relevant professional designation requirements.
  • Show evidence of a fully functional information management system compatible with the National Learners’ Records Database.
  • Monitor compliance with an agreed code of conduct and/or ethics, including criminal record screening where applicable.
  • Co-operate with the relevant QCs in respect of qualifications and quality assurance in its occupational field.
  • Not be accredited as a provider by a QC.
  • Be involved in the development of a body of specialised knowledge taking due cognisance of national and international benchmarks.
  • Not be registered as a provider with the Department of Higher Education and Training.
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