YOU may be a brilliant Technical Printing Operator, a highly-skilled Printing Technician, or a crackerjack Print Manager, BUT... if YOU are not a member of the SAIP, YOU may well be selling YOURSELF short.
If you consider yourself to be a Printing Professional, read on...

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Sadly, due to the restrictions and difficulties created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the present lockdown, SAIP has severely curtailed its activities. As such, we regret that we are not presently processing any applications for membership. Nor are we making any individual recommendations for training. We do hope to resume our activities as soon as practical after the lockdown and its restrictions are lifted.

Many of the vistors to this website come here to enquire about training and qualifications in the industry. SAIP, as an institute whose aim is to recognise your professional achievements, is delighted that so many of you want to join in or advance a career in the printing, packaging or signage trades. We are encouraged that so many of you have recognised that acquiring new or additional training and qualifications is the best route to acheiving your goals.

However, SAIP is a professional Institute whose purpose is to adjudicate, validate and endorse your qualifications and experience in the industry. Unfortunately due to the potential for conflicts of interest, SAIP is therefore, in itself, not permitted to offer or conduct any training.

Whilst our activities are curtailed, those of you who are seeking information about training and learnerships are advised to contact PrintingSA, an industry body to which many printing firms belong and which does offer a variety of training courses. We suggest that you click this link to visit the PrintingSA website at

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The South African Institute of Printing welcomes you

We warmly welcome you to this, the digital home of the South African Institute of Printing (SAIP).

The SAIP is a professional body that looks to improve quality, productivity and profitability in the printing, packaging and signage industry in South Africa by encouraging skills development and training and by offering professional designations to qualifying persons working in or associated with the industry. 

Our goals are to raise the quality bar and to help technical and professional people in the industry to be the best they can and to ensure that they stand out as true professionals within all its aspects.

Within this website you will find information about us and how to become a member. You will find information about the benefits of being a member and your professional obligations. You will also find information and news about our activities including our presence at seminars, workshops, shows, exhibitions and other industry events.

We do hope you will spend some time looking around. Should you be looking for something specific and not find it here please do not hesitate to contact us with your request and we will do our best to help you (and also update this website). We also welcome suggestions as to how to improve or correct this website and its content.

Who we are

South African Institute of Printing (SAIP) is the Professional Accreditation body for individuals in Printing, Packaging and Signage industry.

Not unlike a Chartered Accountant, a Medical Professional, a Marketing expert or a Lawyer, you would be entitled to letters after your name. This will enhance your qualifications, your career, your self esteem, your future job opportunities, your business card and provide a certificate to hang on your wall.

Membership categories and designations are:

  • Designation: SAIP (PO) - Print Operator
  • Designation: SAIP (PT) - Print Technician
  • Designation: SAIP (PM) - Print Manager
  • Designation: SAIP (PD) - Print Director
  • Designation: SAIP (PDT) - Print Director Technical

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