Why having your training courses, product seminars and technical workshops accredited by the South African Institute of Printing (SAIP) offers you a competitive advantage.
More than ever before, training and skills development in the print, packaging and signage industries is critical. There are a wealth of professional suppliers offering training and skills development. However, yet few are accredited by the SAIP. Once accredited, you will find that SAIP members will be attracted to attend in order to keep their CPD points up to date.
Continuing professional development is a learning process whereby members of the South African Institute of Printing, or those aspiring to become Members, earn or maintain professional credentials by undergoing a variety of accredited CPD point-generating learning activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Training providers, industry suppliers, printing, packaging or signage companies and professional individuals wishing to provide such CPD activities are invited to apply to the South African Institute of Printing for accreditation and confirmation of the CPD points that may be awarded to SAIP members for undertaking their activities.
The SAIP requires that, to retain their designations, its members accumulate a ceratin minimum number of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points over a designated period (normally 2 years). This is in line with the way that many other professional bodies ensure that their members remain current; namely by continuously updating and adding to their knowledge and skills by engaging in a variety of recognised professional activities or courses. Having successfully taken part in a recognised activity or course, the member is awarded a certain number of CPD points which are accumulated towards the required total he or she needs to retain his or her membership of SAIP.
The SAIP itself does not generally provision CPD points-awarding activities or courses. The types of activities or courses are wide-ranging and are usually provided by external parties or entities approved by SAIP. CPD points-scoring activities include a member's attendence at certain events, seminars, workshops and exhibitions. The points-scoring activities also include formal education activities such as the obtaining of a degree, diploma or certification, attending approved training courses or the publication of scholarly material or learned articles.
In order to ensure that standards for those activities are met and maintained, SAIP will evaluate and approve many such activities in advance. This is so that its members can be assured that their successful participation in any of them will result in the award of CPD points. Naturally, approval will enable SAIP to publicise your CPD-related activities or courses to its members - a huge benefit to you as a supplier of such an activity or course.
How to gain approval for your activity or course?
Simple! Print and complete the "Application for approval of continuing professional development (cpd) activities" form and then post, fax or scan and email the completed form back to us. Remember to make a payment for the administration fee into the SAIP bank account and send through the proof of deposit.