FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SACE CPTD POINTS

IMPORTANT NOTICE

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH SACE. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR SACE POINTS, OR TO REGISTER AND UPLOAD YOUR POINTS, PLEASE CONTACT SACE DIRECTLY.

SACE Contact number: 012 663 9517
SACE Email: info@sace.org.za
SACE Web: https://www.sace.gov.za/

CPTD stands for Continuing Professional Teacher Development. Like all professionals, teachers need to grow their knowledge and skills throughout their careers. Most professional bodies expect their members to engage in professional development activities. The CPTD system will help teachers organise their professional development in order to achieve maximum benefit.The system will be managed by SACE with the support of the education departments.

Info taken from this SACE pamphlet.

Each teacher must earn 150 PD points every three years.

Info taken from this SACE pamphlet.

Yes. Participation in professional development is mandatory. Professional development is part of SACE’s Code of Professional Ethics for educators.All teachers commit themselves to observe the code, so professional development is not an option but an obligation for all teachers. Moreover, all state-employed teachers and many privately-employed teachers are required to undertake professional development as part of their conditions of service. Principals, deputy principals and heads of department are required, as part of their duties and responsibilities, to help teachers develop professionally. Principals, deputy principals and heads of department are also required to develop themselves professionally. So, professional development is an all-teacher and all-school affair.

Info taken from this SACE pamphlet.

  • Type 1 Activities/Programmes: Teacher-Initiated
  • Type 2 Activities/Programmes :School-Initiated and
  • Type 3 Activities/Programmes: Externally Initiated

DOWNLOAD THE POINTS SCHEDULE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Educators can sign up online for the CPTD management system. Download this guide from SACE for more information. Recently, SACE have updated their CPTD online system, making it easier to sign up. The videos provided by SACE are outdated, but the new system is easy enough to use step-by-step.

UPLOADING YOUR POINTS TO THE SACE CPTD WEBSITE

THE ONLINE CPTD-IS SYSTEM

SACE has recently updated their SACE CPTD-IS website, making it much easier for you to upload the activities that you have completed. Remember that teachers need to earn 150 CPTD over a three year cycle. Keeping your PDP (Professional Development Portfolio) up to date is also very important. Though you can add your Level 1 CPTD points online, be sure to keep your physical PDP & Points Register updated, just in case something isn’t showing up online as it should!

IMPORTANT REMINDER

These activities might seem straightforward, but the PDP and CPTD Points Schedule explains exactly how to get the amount of points indicated. For example, if you engage in electronic media for 20 - 120 minutes, you can only get a maximum of 30 points per year for doing this. There is also a specific number of meetings (8) you have to attend in order to get 10 points, plus you can only receive a maximum of 10 points!

Remember to also take a look at the Professional Development Portfolio for guidance as to how to reflect for the specific activities. Below is an example of reflection necessary for attending a workshop:

  • Name of the Workshop:
  • Provider:
  • Facilitator:
  • Date Undertaken:
  • Summary of Workshop Content:
  • How is the Workshop relevant to my work?:
  • How did the workshop benefit me or meet my needs in terms of my work as an individual?:
  • How has my learning from the workshop benefitted my learners / colleagues / school?:
  • What form of evidence is attached? (e.g. certificate, programme,  report, reflection sheet, plan, CD, pictures, workshop material):

You can only add LEVEL 1 POINTS (teacher initiated) to SACE’s online portal. 

Schools have to add LEVEL 2, and SACE ACCREDITED PROVIDERS have the responsibility of adding LEVEL 3 points.

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