Professional accreditation refers to certification, trade certification, or professional designation that allows a person to perform a job or task.

Professional accreditation uses a formal process to identify and acknowledge individuals who have met a recognized standard. Usually this standard includes education, experience, and an exam of knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the job.

The credibility and integrity of the certifying agency determines whether the agency’s certification means anything to the public, and therefore, ultimately, its value. Accordingly, certification agencies may seek out recognition by an outside agency that will attest to the certifying agency meeting a standard.

Professional accreditation is a voluntary process by which a non-governmental professional organisation grants recognition to an individual who has met certain qualifications. It serves to prove that you have demonstrated a certain level of mastery of a specific body of knowledge and skills within the relevant field of practice.

Sector Education and Training Authority

Professional Bodies and Institutes (Non-Stutuary)

  • Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)
  • Institute of Commercial and Financial Accountants of Southern Africa (CFA)
  • Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • Institute of Public Finance and Auditing (IPFA)
  • Professional Accreditation Body for Health and Skincare (PAB) (With ETQA status)
  • South African Institute for Chartered Accountants (SAICA) (With ETQA status)
  • South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) (With ETQA status)
  • South African Board for Personnel Practices (SABPP) (With ETQA status)

Professional Councils (Statuory)

  • Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) (Pending Application for ETQA status)
  • Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
  • Law Society of South Africa (LSSA)
  • Professional Board of Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene (PBDTOH)
  • Professional Board of Dietetics (PBD)
  • Professional Board of Emergency Care Personnel (PBECP)
  • Professional Board of Environmental Health Practitioners (PBEHP)
  • Professional Board for Medical Technology (PBMT)
  • Professional Board of Occupational Therapy and Medical Orthotics / Prosthetics
  • Professional Board of Optometry & Dispensing Opticians (PBODO)
  • Professional Board of Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Bio kinetics (PBPPB)
  • Professional Board of Psychology (PBP)
  • The Medical and Dental Professional Board (MDPB)
  • Professional Board of Radiography & Clinical Technology (PBRCT)
  • Professional Board for Speech, Language & Hearing Professions (PBSLHP)
  • Security Industry Regulatory Authority (SIRA)
  • Security Officers Board (SOB) (With ETQA status)
  • South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) (Letter of intent to apply for ETQA status)
  • South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)
  • South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNSP)
  • South African Council for Geosciences (SACG)
  • South African Council for Professional & Technical Surveyors (PLATO)
  • South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP)
  • South African Council for Property Valuers Profession (SACPVP)
  • South African Council for Social Services Profession (SACSSP)
  • South African Council for Town & Regional Planners (SACTRP)
  • South African Nursing Council (SANC) (With ETQA status)
  • South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) (Pending Application for ETQA status)
  • South African Veterinary Council (SAVC)