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In September 2013, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) awarded PMSA recognition as a registered professional body. This follows the application made by PMSA earlier this year as a step towards achieving recognition for project management as a profession.

According to Section 28 of the SAQA Policy and Criteria for Recognising a Professional Body and Registering a Professional Designation for the Purpose of the National Qualifications Framework Act, Act 67 of 2008, the following are the criteria for registration as a professional body:

A body applying to be recognised as a professional body by SAQA shall:

i. 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 be compliant with and adhere to good corporate governance practices

ii. Protect the public interest in relation to services provided by its members and the associated risks

iii. Develop, award, monitor and revoke its professional designations in terms of its own rules, legislation and/or international conventions

iv. Submit a list of members in a form acceptable to SAQA

v. Set criteria for, promote and monitor continuing professional development (CPD) for its members to meet the relevant professional designation requirements

vi. Publish a code of conduct and operate a mechanism for the reporting and investigating of members who are alleged to have contravened the code vii. Not apply unfair exclusionary practices in terms of membership admission to the body or when recognising education or training providers

viii. Make career advice related information available to SAQA.

Acknowledging Volunteer Efforts

This is a major step forward and PMSA would like to thank the corps of volunteers who made themselves available to offer expertise and insight into the submission to SAQA. Your contribution to the development of PMSA and the profession is appreciated. In alphabetical order, they include:

  • Robert Best
  • Danie du Plooy
  • Clive Enoch
  • Les Labuschagne
  • Hareesh Patel
  • Peter Richards
  • Lesley Rider
  • Iqbal Sheik
  • Bruce Webb
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