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.