Professionalisation using the
National Qualifications
Framework (NQF)

PETER BOSCH
LIASA CONFERENCE
9 OCTOBER 2013
What is professionalism?
Professionalism is the strict adherence to courtesy,
honesty and responsibility when dealing with...
Professionalising a sector involves:
• establishing a professional body or association to
oversee the conduct of members o...
In terms of The NQF Act SAQA must
1.

Advance the objectives of the NQF

2.

Implement the NQF

3.
Register Qualifications...
THE NQF Act Re-affirms the
objectives of the NQF
• Create a single, integrated national framework
for learning achievement...
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE NQF
Designed to contribute to:
the full personal development
of each learner
the social and economic...
THE NQF ACT of 2008
SAQA Act of 1995

Higher
Education

Further Education
and Training

General Education
and Training

NQ...
Policy and criteria for the
recognition of professional
bodies and the registration of
professional designations
The NQF Act of 2008
Definition
“Professional Body” means any body of
expert practitioners in an occupational
field, and in...
Policy for the Recognition of Professional Bodies
Criteria for the Recognition of Professional Bodies
Objectives
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Contribute to building the national education and training
system
Advance the objectives of ...
Relationships

SAQA:
• recognises the professional body &
registers its professional
designations on the NQF.
• monitors o...
The NQF Act of 2008
Definition
“Professional Designation” means a title or
status conferred by a Professional Body in
reco...
Policy for the registration of professional
designations
Criteria for the registration of Professional
Designations
Components of a Designation
Registered Underlying Qualification/
Part-Qualification
(compulsory)
Experiential Learning
(co...
Professional Training/Development

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A MAJOR PART OF THE SOLUTION

Poor Service
Delivery Levels

PROFESSIONAL BODIES
High
Unemployment

Unskilled
Workforce
professionalbody@saqa.org.za
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Professionalisation using the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) - Peter Bosch

  1. 1. Professionalisation using the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) PETER BOSCH LIASA CONFERENCE 9 OCTOBER 2013
  2. 2. What is professionalism? Professionalism is the strict adherence to courtesy, honesty and responsibility when dealing with individuals or other companies. This includes • a high level of excellence • going above and beyond basic requirements • completing tasks in a timely manner • completing tasks with the highest quality possible • taking pride in completed tasks. Professionalisation is the social process by which any trade or occupation transforms itself into a true profession of the highest integrity and competence.
  3. 3. Professionalising a sector involves: • establishing a professional body or association to oversee the conduct of members of the profession • Developing/approving of Qualifications and/or training standards • Some degree of demarcation of the qualified professional from unqualified amateurs, i.e. Codes of Conduct/Service Delivery Levels, etc.
  4. 4. In terms of The NQF Act SAQA must 1. Advance the objectives of the NQF 2. Implement the NQF 3. Register Qualifications and PartQualifications 4. Develop policies for RPL, Articulation and the recognition of Professional Bodies 5. Recognise Professional Bodies 6. Register Professional Designations
  5. 5. THE NQF Act Re-affirms the objectives of the NQF • Create a single, integrated national framework for learning achievements • Facilitate access to and mobility and progression within education, training and career paths • Enhance the Quality of Education & Training • Accelerate the redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities
  6. 6. THE OBJECTIVES OF THE NQF Designed to contribute to: the full personal development of each learner the social and economic development of the nation at large
  7. 7. THE NQF ACT of 2008 SAQA Act of 1995 Higher Education Further Education and Training General Education and Training NQF Act of 2008 Higher Education Trades and Occupations Designations General and Further Education and Training
  8. 8. Policy and criteria for the recognition of professional bodies and the registration of professional designations
  9. 9. The NQF Act of 2008 Definition “Professional Body” means any body of expert practitioners in an occupational field, and includes an occupational body.
  10. 10. Policy for the Recognition of Professional Bodies
  11. 11. Criteria for the Recognition of Professional Bodies
  12. 12. Objectives • • • • • • • • • Contribute to building the national education and training system Advance the objectives of the NQF Improve career advisory services Encourage international leading practice and the raising of esteem for South African professions Promote understanding of, and trust in, professions Encourage social responsibility and accountability in professions Promote pride in association Promote the protection of the public Facilitate access to and analysis of data related to professions
  13. 13. Relationships SAQA: • recognises the professional body & registers its professional designations on the NQF. • monitors operations of professional body during the recognition period Has the option to pursue international affiliation, but must still meet local requirements Works with QC(s) in quality assurance and standards setting for formal qualifications registered on the NQF Cannot be accredited/registered as an education and training provider. It can however: •register its employees on learnerships and act as a workplace provider for the delivery of learnerships •recognise suitable education and training providers and be involved in the curriculation of learning programmes •set and administer its own Board examinations
  14. 14. The NQF Act of 2008 Definition “Professional Designation” means a title or status conferred by a Professional Body in recognition of a person’s expertise and/or right to practice in an occupational field.
  15. 15. Policy for the registration of professional designations
  16. 16. Criteria for the registration of Professional Designations
  17. 17. Components of a Designation Registered Underlying Qualification/ Part-Qualification (compulsory) Experiential Learning (compulsory) Awarding Criteria Recognition of Prior Learning (compulsory) Board Exam/Competency Test (optional) Subscribe Code of Conduct/Ethics (compulsory) Continuing Professional Development (compulsory) Fees (compulsory) Retaining Criteria
  18. 18. Professional Training/Development e c n a i l p m o C s t i d n o c Stage 2 (Structured workplace training) c , D P C e d o c i h t e f o s Stage 3 (Award of designation) c , D P C e d o s c i h t e f o Stage 4 (Retention of designation) Designation Workplace training Trade Test Workplace training ) s a c f i t r e C ( r o a r P -p l a n i s e f ) a m o l p i D ( e d a r T Preparatory Stage Designation Workplace training r o l a n o i s s e f o r P ) D ( l i r e g n a M Stage 1 (Educational qualification) Even if qualification includes WIL most PBs still require Stage Two Schooling Grades 10-12 & NCV Schooling Grades 0-9 Professional Body can recognise all forms of learning: • Formal • Non-formal • In-formal
  19. 19. A MAJOR PART OF THE SOLUTION Poor Service Delivery Levels PROFESSIONAL BODIES High Unemployment Unskilled Workforce
  20. 20. professionalbody@saqa.org.za

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