FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT REGISTRATION OF HR PROFESSIONALS WITH SABPP

 1.     WHAT IS THE ROLE OF SABPP?

SABPP is the professional body for HR practitioners in South Africa, as well as quality assurance body for HR learning provision. SABPP also accredits the HR academic programmes of universities.

2.     WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REGISTERING WITH SABPP?

Registration of HR practitioners with SABPP offers the following benefits for individuals:

  • An independent assessment of the professional level of work and NQF level of the HR practitioner (certificate);
  • A clear description of the national  standards (in terms of qualifications, experience, level of work and ethics) expected of HR practitioners;
  • Official professional post nominal titles for registered HR practitioners (HRT, HRA, HRP, CHRP, MHRP);
  • An indication of further development required to upgrade to higher levels of registration (e.g. what additional qualifications, development, experience and level of work are required to progress to higher levels);
  • Participation in our national electronic CPD (continuous professional development) system;
  • Regular electronic newsletters containing updates about trends in the field of HR and tools to improve HR professionalism, as well as the digital versions of HR Future Magazine, the top HR journal in the country, Human Capital Review, the largest on-line journal; and Business Brief;
  • Access to further discounts to attend seminars and conferences;
  • Full access to participate in or influence national HR research, development and benchmarking projects;
  • Involvement in projects and committees, e.g. Learning, Growth and Development Initiative;
  • Forums to voice concerns to be tabled collectively with relevant stakeholders (e.g.  labour laws);
  • Participation in electronic or other discussion forums;
  • Access opportunities for mentoring;
  • Opportunities to provide inputs into HR curriculums at universities via the SABPP Higher Education committee;
  • Upload of your professional designation on the National Learner’s Records Database at SAQA.
  • Access to information and the work of our alliance partners (ASTD, HCI, EGN, COMENSA, ISPI, HRDUF etc.) to strengthen the HR profession;
  • Registration fee is tax deductible where an individual consultant or self-employed professional pays the fee him/herself.


3.     WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION AND FEES?

The current fees to register individuals are as follows (1-9 members per organization):

 

First time registration by evaluation of qualifications and experience

First time registration by evaluation of competence (RPL)

You will then need to renew your registration each year. The current annual renewal fees are:

Master HR Professional

(masters/doctorate + 5 years top level experience)

R 2 750

R1453

Chartered HR Professional

(honours + 4 years senior level experience)

R 2 250

R 6 000

R1253

HR Professional

(3 year degree/diploma + 3 years middle management experience)

R 1 750

R 5 000

R1053

HR Associate

(2 year diploma + 2 years’ experience)

R 1 200

R783

HR Technician

(1 year certificate + 1 year experience)

R  1000

R583

Candidate

(qualification but no experience)

R   550

R393

Upgrade to higher level of Registration

R   850

From February 2013, these first time registration fees are discounted as a year progresses, in accordance with the following table:

Reg. Committee to which application is submitted

JAN

 

FEB

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEPT

OCT

u

NOV

u

DEC

Discount

0

10%

20%

30%

35%

45%

50%

55%

60%

65%

65%

n/a

 Note: Renewal invoices are issued in October, so new registrations from October onwards must pay the first renewal at the time of registration.

 

 4.     IF I REGISTER TODAY, AND IMPROVE MY QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND LEVEL OF WORK, CAN MY REGISTRATION BE UPGRADED TO A HIGHER LEVEL?

Yes, certainly. The cost for upgrade to a higher level of registration is R 850. An independent registration committee of senior HR practitioners meet monthly to process applications and to jointly decide on which level they will register HR Professionals. You will need to use the Application Form as for new registrations, but only complete the first two pages. Please attach any new qualifications and give us a short note motivating the upgrade request.

5.     I AM A SPECIALIST AND NOT AN HR GENERALIST LIKE MY OTHER COLLEAGUES, CAN I STILL REGISTER?

Absolutely! You can either register as an HR generalist, or a specialist in any of the categories below:

  • Planning, recruitment and selection
  • Learning and development
  • Reward and remuneration
  • Employment relations
  • Safety, health and environment
  • Organization development
  • HR Information Systems/Technology
  • HR Administration
  • Productivity
6.     WE ARE A TEAM OF SEVERAL HR PROFESSIONALS. CAN WE APPLY FOR CORPORATE REGISTRATION?
A corporate membership option has been created to offer discounts for organizations seeking to register ten (10) or more HR practitioners.  Corporate members will receive the same benefits as individual mentors, but will also receive at least one personal visit per year by the CEO, or a SABPP board member or mentor to update them on developments in the HR field. In addition, corporate members have automatic seats at board committees and may influence decision-making and projects.  However, each individual still needs to be complete an individual registration form, but one person inside the company acts as the central coordinator. The corporate registration fee structure is as follows:

No

NUMBER OF REGISTRATIONS

DISCOUNT ON REGISTRATION FEE

1

10-14 HR Staff members

10%

2

15-20 HR Staff members

15%

3

21-50 HR Staff members

20%

4

51-100 HR Staff members

25%

5

101-150 HR Staff members

30%

6

151-200 HR Staff members

35%

7

201-300 HR Staff members

40%

8

301+ HR Staff members

45%

 

Renewal fees are payable annually. Given the size of large companies, and possible budgetary restraints, companies may either pay the fees for their staff members, or subsidise the fees for individuals as part of its retention or employee development strategies.  Be that as it may, registered practitioners may continue with their membership if they move from one company to the next.  The professional registration of HR Professionals at SABPP is in line with the SAQA policy on professional bodies, and therefore formally endorses the principles of ethics, professionalism and continuous professional development. In addition, professionals may upgrade their registration status when they improve their qualifications, experience and level of work.

7.     CAN I PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF THE SABPP COMMITTEES?
Absolutely!  Please contact our office for access to the chairs of any of the following committees:

  • Learning, Growth and Development Initiative
  • Ethics Committee
  • Human Resource Research Initiative
  • Registration Committee
  • Education Training Quality Assurance
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Higher Education
  • Labour Market
  • Risk & audit
  • Mentoring
  • Marketing
  • IT Governance

8.     WHAT IS THE FUTURE VISION OF SABPP?

Our new strategy revolves around increased visibility in the HR and business and government market to ensure that we become the champion for high quality HR products and services, and to advance the HR profession nationally.  We will become more visible in all the provinces and expand across the African continent. Recently, a SABPP chapter was launched in Lesotho.

9.     WHO ARE THE SABPP ALLIANCE PARTNERS AND HOW CAN I BENEFIT FROM THESE RELATIONSHIPS?

Formal alliances have already been set up with the following organizations, but other alliances are also under consideration:

ALLIANCE PARTNER

BENEFIT AND CONTRIBUTION

Assessment Centre Study Group (ACSG) Collaborating to improve assessment practices in South Africa.
Association for Change Management Practitioners (ACMP) Collaborating to promote sound change management practices.
Association for Skills Development Facilitation of South Africa (ASDSA) Sharing of knowledge and platforms to advance skills development in South Africa.
ASTD Global Network South Africa (branch of American Society for Training and Development) Access to global training and development best practices applied to South Africa, as well as annual ASTD State of the SA L&D industry report.
Business Brief Free online magazine to SABPP professionals to improve their business acumen (covering major business functions, including human capital).
Business Systems Group (BSG) Developing of an electronic communication and personal development platform for HR professionals of SABPP as part of my work life forum.
Cape Media Publishing of SABPP research papers.
Chartered Institute for the Management of Assessment Practices (CIMAP) Collaboration in the interest of promoting sound assessment and moderation practices.
Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (Comensa) Building the capacity of mentors and coaches in South Africa, and sharing of resources and promoting professionalism.
Executives Global Network South Africa Round table groups of CEOs, CFOs, CIOs and CHROs providing high level strategic information for SABPP.
HR Forum Sharing of information and platform for professional HR electronic discussions.
HR Future Free digital version of HR Future magazine.
HRD Universities Forum (HRDUF) Consortium of 16 universities collaborating to research and enrich HRD curriculum in higher education.
Human Capital Institute (Africa) HCI is the custodian for talent management in South Africa; SABPP and HCI will develop HR standards, as well as integrated reporting standards and HR metrics.
Institute of Municipal Personnel Practitioners of Southern Africa (IMPSA) Advancing the HR profession in local government.
Institute of People Management (IPM) An alliance to advance the HR profession in South Africa.
International Society for Performance Improvement, SA chapter (ISPI-SA) Standards will be set for performance improvement in South Africa.
Knowledge Resources Joint seminars and research, e.g. annual HR survey.

Free digital version of Human Capital Review.

Productivity SA Working together to improve productivity and our competitiveness as a nation.

Capacity-building for skills development facilitators.

Professional Assignment Group (PAG) Working together to improve recruitment standards.
South African Graduates Development Association (SAGDA) Working together in developing HR students, and finding employment for them.
South African Payroll Association (SAPA) Sharing of knowledge to advance payroll and HR professionalism.

10.  WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SABPP?

You are most welcome to visit our website on www.sabpp.co.za or by contacting any of our friendly staff members. Their contact details are as follows:

T: +27 11 482 8595

F: +27 11 482 4830

info@sabpp.co.za

http://www.sabpp.co.za

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