What is a CPT?

CPT stands for Certified Professional Trainer.

Acquiring SAPTA CPT Status is the highest form of SAPTA membership and will only be awarded through rigorous assessment against the SAPTA PTBoC (Professional Trainers Body of Competence).

CPT certification is regulated by the SAPTA Membership Policy and Procedure.

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Why Become a CPT?

Where CPT Status is aquired, the professional will be able to:

  • Use the CPT acronym on business cards, CV's, etc.

  • Present a CPT Certificate as proof of professional status in the training industry.

  • Receive priority work from SAPTA endorsed training providers.

  • Enhanced reputational status and credibility.

  • Use of SAPTA Logo on personal web page and profiles.

  • Listed in the trainer ranking system.

  • Marketing and listing through the publicized on-line profile on the SAPTA webpage.

  • Participation in mentoring, coaching and other capacity building programmes.

  • Attendance of SAPTA endorsed development events which will qualify you for the required CPD points.

  • Access to standardized training administration documentation.

  • Legal assistance in cases of non-payment from training events companies.

  • Risk assessment of various training events companies and collective negotiation processes with these training companies (to avoid exploitation and to maximise earning/income potential). 

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How do I become a CPT?

  1. To apply for CPT status, you have to be registered as a associate member.

  2. CPT membership is open to members who qualify and have been certified as professional occupational training practitioners, and who is actively involved in the industry, and who hold relevant qualifications and/or experience.

  3. To be accepted as a certified professional trainer you will have to prove competence against the PTBoC.

  4. Proof of compliance to the PTBoC must be submitted via a SAPTA prescribed Portfolio of Evidence (PoE).

  5. CPT status has two categories, namely CPT Local and CPT International. Where members want to receive CPT International status, they have to prove a further basic requirement that during the last 36-months they have worked in 5 or more different countries, on at least 15 occasions. This requirement will also have to be submitted annually to retain international CPT status.

  6. CPT certification will be approved by the SAPTA CPT Certification Committee during two sittings each year.

CPT Process

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How do I apply?

SAPTA does not receive any CPT applications directly.

Specific training providers have been appointed by SAPTA to facilitate the CPT application process.

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How Much will this Cost?

CPT membership fees must be paid annually. 

In terms of CPT application, the applicant will be charged by the SAPTA approved provider.

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How do I retain my CPT Status?

  1. Keep your annual membership fees up to date.

  2. Annually submit evidence that you, during the past 12-months, have spent 55% or more of your working time in the practice of occupational training.

  3. To ensure that trainers continually update their professional knowledge and skills for the end benefit of the learner and/or client, SAPTA has implemented a Continuing Professional Development programme. SAPTA will manage a Continual Professional Development (CPD) programme in which CPT’s must participate to maintain their professional status. It is required of CPT’s to accumulate, either through SAPTA events or external CPD accredited events, 10 CPD points every 36 months. This is compulsory for retaining a CPT status.


CPD Points Accumulation:

  1. SAPTA will host four developmental work sessions per region each year, which will focus on the development of professional trainers. Each session will allocate a CPT two (2) CPD points.

  2. 50% of the CPD points earned should be done on training methodology or SAPTA accredited events.

  3. Where trainers attend development programmes from other institutions, SAPTA will evaluate the programme and allocate CPD points based on its development value. The weight allocated to any external programme will depend on its contribution towards the CPT’s PTBoC competencies.

  4. Where a CPT fails to comply with CPD points, such member will be given six months to comply. Where a member fails to comply after the six (6) month period, the Board will consider appropriate action which could include the stripping of CPT status.


CPT Certification Committee


CPT Certification Committee Chair Person

Derek Hendrikz


CPT Certification Committee Member

Melinda White

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CPT Certification Committee Member

Francois Lichtenstein


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CPT Certification Committee Member

Gert Oberholster


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