South African Board for People Practices - SABPP
The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) recognized the SABPP as a professional body and set in motion the process to register SABPP’s HR professionals’ qualifications on the National Learner’s Record Database. 30 years after the SABPP was founded, one of the original objectives of the SABPP has been achieved – namely official recognition of HR professionals.
Register as a a Professional Member of SABPP and take your career to the next level.
1st Floor, Rossouw Attorneys Building
8 Sherborne Road, Parktown
PO Box 2450, Houghton 2041, South Africa
T: +27 11 045 5400
F: +27 11 482 4830
The Human Resource profession is at the heart of the implementation of the HRD Strategy for South Africa. This internationally recognized profession, more than any other, is responsible for transformation, sourcing, training and retaining talent and ensuring harmonious work relationships. The SABPP’s role is to professionalise this function to ensure that HR becomes an increasingly recognized and respected profession. The Board is an accredited ETQA (Education and Training Quality Assurance body) under the SAQA Act and thus a statutory body.
The SABPP was established in 1982, when the Board of the Institute of Personnel Management (as it was then) recognised that the IPM could not both train HR professionals and set the standards – it could not be the referee and the player. So the SABPP was set up as an autonomous body to be the standards and professional registration body for the HR profession. Over the 30 years, the SABPP has registered over 8 000 HR professionals at the various registration levels.
In 2002, the SABPP was granted the status of being the Education and Training Quality Assurance body for HR qualifications. In October 2012, this status has changed to that of Learning and Quality Assurance body (LQA). The SABPP is unique in this, as all the other ETQA/LQA’s are housed within the various Sector Education and Training Authorities.
With the adoption in 2011 of the HR Voice strategy, and the recognition in 2012 by the South African Qualifications Authority of the SABPP as a professional body in terms of the NQF Act, the SABPP has entered its 4th decade with new vigour and purpose. Its scope of work has expanded considerably and a new generation of HR professionals is taking up registration with the Board.
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