Do you not know your SACE from your CPTD? Are you lost in the maze of uncertainty about what on earth it all means and what those letters actually stand for?
Well, we are here to help you so read on and find all the answers to your SACE and CPTD questions.
First, let’s put to rest that SACE does not stand for “Synchronous Asynchronous Common Environment” or, if you prefer Urban Dictionary, something that is “dope”.
No, SACE is the South African Council for Educators. Their vision is to promote professionalism amongst all educators in South Africa. Their goal is to ensure that the South African education system is enriched by providing properly registered and professionally developed educators. All good!
If you are a qualified teacher and want to teach in South Africa, then you must register with SACE before you can be appointed to a teaching position.
If you are already teaching, then you should make registration a priority. This includes teachers in public and independent school.
Teachers associated with FET, ABET, Waldorf and Montessori centres are also required to register.
Yes, however foreign teachers need to first be evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) before you can be registered. There are particular documents that must accompany your application for registration. Please consult the SACE website for this important information.
If you are a South African qualified teacher then download the application form and fill it in. Submit this form with certified copies of your professional qualifications and identity document. The registration fee of R200(no cash) must also be included and everything posted to:
South African Council for Educators, Private Bag X127, Centurion, 0046
We cover this topic in more detail in our blog, “A guide to registering with SACE”.
The registration process takes about 6 weeks for South African applicants and 3 months for foreign teachers.
Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) is a system that helps teachers grow professionally. This is common amongst all professions and it is expected that members grow in knowledge and skills throughout their professional career. It also keeps you up to date with current trends in education.
Teachers need to accumulate 150 points over a 3-year cycle. This is achieved by taking part in activities that have been endorsed by SACE. Each activity is allocated a certain amount of points and can range from activities at your school to eLearning and workshops.
The activities for earning SACE points are divided into 3 groups. You are required to participate in all three categories. They are:
We at SACE Points Guide have committed ourselves to provide the best possible support to teachers. We are an online listing site filled with SACE approved CPTD activities. So, check out our website for everything SACE related and find great courses to help you grow professionally and earn those 150 points. It’s really not that difficult! You’ve got this 😊
“Anyone who stops learning is getting old, whether at 20 or 80.” – Henry Ford