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Southern Africa Professional Trainers Association (SAPTA) Membership Benefits

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    Charles Cotter, PhD
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    The SAPTA ExCo resolved that a R500 annual, associate membership fee is payable and dependent on the level/category of certification sought, this fee could vary from R1 600 – R3 500 p.a. Subsequent to a benchmarking exercise, the SAPTA ExCO are confident that these annual rates are highly comparable with similar professional associations/bodies – locally and internationally. 

    A list of the SAPTA associate membership benefits (R500 p.a), inter alia: 

    • Certification as a SAPTA member (Occupational or Independent) which means enhanced reputational status and credibility 
    • Attendance of SAPTA events (e.g. Launch; Networking and Developmental) at no additional costs and/or at discounted rates 
    • Networking and affiliation opportunities 
    • Subscription to a SAPTA newsletter 

    The above, standard membership benefits will increase exponentially, dependent on the level/category of professional certification e.g. Employed Certified Professional Trainer (R1 600) or Independent Certified Professional Trainer (R3 500 p.a) and typically could include, inter alia:

    • Legal and other forms of professional assistance 
    • Listed in a trainer ranking system 
    • Marketing and listing through publicized on-line profile (on the SAPTA webpage) 
    • Standardized booking, payment and cancellation policy/procedure 
    • Risk assessment of various training events companies and collective negotiation processes with these training companies (to avoid exploitation and to maximise earning/income potential) 
    • Participation in mentoring, coaching and other capacity building programmes 
    • Attendance of SAPTA endorsed development events which will qualify you for the required CPD points 

    I hope that this information assists and enables all occupational and independent trainers to sign up to SAPTA. 

    Any further questions can be addressed to the SAPTA President, Derek Hendrikz; SAPTA VP, Charles Cotter and/or SAPTA Treasurer, Graham Reid.

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    #35295
    Alexander Robertson
    Participant

    To me this fee at between R1600 and R3500 is rather high. I am a full member of the Maritime Law Association of SA and their membership fee is only R750.00 per year.

    #35294
    Charles Cotter, PhD
    Participant

    Hi, Alexander, I value and respect your honest feedback in this regard.

    The SAPTA membership fees were calculated based on a comprehensive local and international bench-marking exercise of similar/comparable professional institutions and are also relative to the (sliding scale) of offered benefits. To be fair, I’ve been professionally registered with a number of institutions, at similar annual membership rates, and apart from an accreditation number and certificate and the occasional correspondence, I have received no further support, guidance, networking/affiliation opportunities and or protection etc. from these bodies. There is also no concrete link between registration and securing/advancing my (part-time) employment prospects.

    SAPTA offers a host of tangible and reputational benefits and seeks to become the custodian of the rights and interests of occupational and freelance/independent trainers. Right now the balance of power in the training industry rests firmly with training providers/events companies and independent trainers do not have a recourse and/or protection against potential exploitation and mis-practice. SAPTA aspires to offer a collective authority and services to quality assure and protect the professional status and integrity of trainers and the training industry. Given these facts, it is tough to place a rand value figure on these benefits, but at a maximum of R3 500/annum, this surely represents a value for money proposition.  

    I invite and encourage other Freelance Facilitator group members to contribute to this discussion.           

    #35293
    Des Squire
    Participant

    Hi Charles, Please consider publishing full details of SAPTA for the benefit of members of this group – Structure, accreditation, activities and so on.

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    Charles Cotter, PhD
    Participant

    Thanks, Des, I’ll certainly do so. Regards. 

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