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SAQA recognises SACIA as the professional body for the communications industry

The Southern African Communications Industries Association (SACIA) is proud to announce that the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) board officially recognises SACIA as a professional body, and has approved the registration of professional designations for the broadcast and professional AV industry on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). These designations will now be registered on the NQF website.

“We are delighted to have received this important recognition from SAQA. This endorsement will further enhance our commitment to the promotion of professional standards in the broadcast and professional AV industry,” says Kevan Jones, Executive Director of SACIA. “Official recognition from a statutory body like SAQA not only acknowledges our on-going efforts to promote the adoption of professional standards, but by recognising prior learning and the value of work experience, the professional status of experienced industry professionals who lack formal qualifications can also be recognised.”

In order to receive a professional designation, applicants will need to prove they have the relevant skills and work experience required to perform their job. They also need to abide by a code of conduct, and commit to a programme of continuous professional development that keeps them up-to-date with technology in a fast-changing world.

Past SACIA chairman Wynand Langenhoven is particularly enthusiastic about the ability of members to have their skills recognised through an RPL programme. “Many technicians working in the broadcast and AV industry have acquired their knowledge through informal training and on-the-job work experience,” he explains. “Our new professional designations allow us to formerly recognise their standing within the AV community.”

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