Plan Your Way Through 2019 And Earn Your CPTD Points

Being a good teacher means continuously improving your capabilities so that you are provide the highest quality of education to your learners. To do this, you need to invest in developing and deepening your knowledge and core skills as part of Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD).

Whether you’re a recent graduate or have been teaching for decades, taking part is mandatory. Here’s to earn points and fit the process into your busy 2019 schedule.


Where to start and what to focus on?

We are all tempted to focus training on areas of our expertise. However, it’s important to develop new skills to keep building our careers. Aim to specialise in an area that will improve your teaching practice. If you’re not sure where your focus lies, try a self-assessment tool.


Earning CPTD Points

Once you’ve established a target area, you can generate points with the following activities:

  • Type 1 – Teacher initiated activities
  • Type 2 – School initiated activities
  • Type 3 – Externally initiated activities (SACE endorsed activities)


Type 1

Type 1 activities focus on educational materials. You earn points by reading articles, magazines and blogs, watching educational videos, and attending educational conferences and workshops. If your workshop isn’t accredited as Type 3, you can still earn a point for attending. PLUS, you can get 12 points for signing up for a professional learning community outside of school.


Type 2

School initiated activities range from attending and participating in staff and cluster meetings, to participate in extra-curricular activities and workshops. It also involves running staff workshops and getting involved in community projects. You earn 10 points for attending meetings longer than 1 hour and 40 points for attending and participating in school-based workshops.


Type 3

Type 3 activities cost money, must be SACE approved and must include providers from universities, non-profits, unions and other private and public sectors. Activities include CAPS training, ACE courses and other courses listed in the SACE database of PD activities.


Plan your points

With a little planning and foresight, you can achieve your points goals and more. Here are some practical steps you can take:

  • Create a calendar – Now that schools are closing, and you have more time on your hands, it’s the perfect time to sit down and create calendar a based on your daily activities, spreading them across several days to create a CPTD library. For example, you could complete specific Type 1 activities at certain times – having your morning coffee while reading magazines or catching up on the latest blogs after dinner.
  • Involve others – It’s easier to stick to goals when you’re being accountable to other people. Why not involve other educators in working towards hosting, participating in and attending relevant workshops? This can lighten the load and give you company during Type 2 activities.
  • Think budgets – As Type 3 activities cost money, they will need to fit into someone’s budget and be SACE approved. Start researching potential training opportunities in advance so that you can submit a proposal if necessary and ensure you don’t miss out due to timing or pricing.


It might seem like a lot of work to invest in, but it’s the kind that will make your 2019 (and beyond) SACE points so easy to achieve that others will be asking you how you did it! Good luck everyone!




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  • RP Wolmarans
    December 4, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Good day,i am not sure if technical training centres can fit into your programmes,or is SACE only intended for teachers?I am registered by NAMB as assessor and moderator on 2 different trades and do trade testing,as this is part of higher education my question is,can I register on SACE or not?

  • Hawa Patel
    January 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I am a deputy principal and a nominated
    Microsoft Expert Educator MIEE…
    I do run coding courses for learners for free for min group. Of 10 learners
    What points do I get?
    What points will teachers earn if I run courses with them?

    • SACE Points Guide
      February 6, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      These courses must be accredited by SACE. If not, teachers can still claim for completing teacher initiated activities. This would also (in our opinion, we are not SACE) count as coaching.

  • Nomasango Nama
    January 21, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    I’ve registered long time when it was introduced for HODs but since then I struggled to log in because of the password that didn’t want to work

    • SACE Points Guide
      February 6, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      Have you tried doing a password reset on the page? You can also try using your SACE number as your login and your surname in capital letters as the password. Another option is to try your ID number as the password. 🙂

  • jacqueline harvey
    February 6, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I have been sending work to you (reading of research reports and reading of newspaper articles in 2017 and last year) but have had NO feedback! I am also unable to access my points account.

    Please help!

    • SACE Points Guide
      February 6, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Jacqueline. Please contact SACE directly. We are only a listing site for teachers to get advice and courses. 🙂 You can contact them here 086 1007 223 or 012 663 9517. For your password, have you tried doing a password reset on the page? You can also try using your SACE number as your login and your surname in capital letters as the password. Another option is to try your ID number as the password. 🙂

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