Designations

The ASDSA offers three Professional Designations to ASDSA members. These designations confirm that the Designee has the appropriate workplace competence to do the job of a skills development professional.

An ASDSA designation confirms that the Designee is competent to do the work and is up to date with current best practices in the learning and development community.

ASDSA members in good standing may apply for a designation.

Designation Benefits

“Professional designation” is recognition of your experience and expertise in the field of skills development and awarded by the ASDSA, a SAQA recognised professional body.

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  • Improved performance

  • Ability to access networks of other practitioners

  • Provides a professional status and independent endorsement of the ability to perform as skills development Technician, Practitioner or Master

  • Proves that the designated professional possesses transferable skills that boost the prospects of employment and progression

  • Increased marketability

  • Access to up to date information on trends and changes in the field

  • Demonstrates competence to supplement functional skills, setting the designated professional apart and enhances employability

  • Increases confidence to make the right decisions to deliver success

How do I apply?

In choosing which designation is most suitable at this point in your career, begin by considering what work you are currently involved in.

Review the Designation Description for the Designation that seems most relevant to the work that you do.

Access the Designation self-evaluation for your chosen designation.
This instrument will help you quickly assess whether you are on the right track and have the necessary workplace experience to complete the Portfolio of Evidence for the designation you have chosen.

Click on the Application button to access the application form, complete the form online and submit it.

  • Skills Development Technician

  • SAQA ID – 493
  • Designation application fee: R1005 Once Off
  • Designation renewal fee: R295 each year
  • Annual Fees = Membership + Designation Renewal
  • Description SD Technician
  • Skills Development Practitioner

  • SAQA ID – 494
  • Designation application fee: R1075 Once Off
  • Designation renewal fee: R440 each year
  • Annual Fees = Membership + Designation Renewal
  • Description SD Practitioner
  • Skills Development Master

  • SAQA ID – 770
  • Designation application fee: R1300 Once Off
  • Designation renewal fee: R580 each year
  • Annual Fees = Membership + Designation Renewal
  • Description SD Master

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Professional Designation Process

The process for obtaining and maintaining a professional designation certification is outlined below.

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Self Evaluation

In choosing which designation is most suitable at this point in your career, begin by considering what work you are currently involved in.

Review the Designation Description for the Designation that seems most relevant to the work that you do.

Access the Designation self-evaluation for your chosen designation. This instrument will help you quickly assess whether you are on the right track and have the necessary workplace experience to complete the Portfolio of Evidence for the designation you have chosen.

Technician self-evaluation

Practitioner self-evaluation

Master self-evaluation

Application

Click on the Application button to access the application form, complete the form online and submit it.

On receipt of your completed application form, ASDSA Administration will issue you with an invoice.

Submit Designation Application

Complete Portfolio of Evidence

Once payment is received by the ASDSA, we will send you the Guideline document and Workbook for the Professional Designation you have chosen.

You will have a maximum of eight weeks from receipt of payment to complete and submit your PoE. During this time, ASDSA Administration will provide you with support in completing your PoE.

Submit your PoE by the advised deadline.

Evaluation and Verification

The evaluation process is aimed at evaluating the workplace competence of a candidate and certifies that the individual is knowledgeable and capable of performing specific occupational tasks. It also certifies that the candidate is QUALIFIED to present themself as a practitioner in a specific field.

Certification

Once evaluation is complete and passed, the member will be awarded a designation and provided with a certificate for the designation.

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requires that you remain current in your field. You must demonstrate this by gaining at least 30 CPD points every year, as well as paying your Membership and Designation renewal fees.

You will need to record CPD activities on a CPD Report and submit a copy of the CPD report each year to the online system.

You must also keep evidence of each of these activities. The ASDSA will audit 10% of all CPD Report each year and so may call on you to substantiate your CPD Report with your supporting evidence.

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