At SAPTA we promote a body of competence for professional trainers (PTBoC). This body of competence encapsulates the basic skill set, knowledge base, and attitude which a professional trainer must have and it will be regarded as an entry requirement for Certification as Professional Trainer with SAPTA.

On proving competence within the SAPTA PTBoC, a professional trainer will be able to be certified as such and then be authorised to write the acronym CPT (Certified Professional Trainer) behind his / her name.

Our PTBoC (Professional Trainers Body of Competence) is divided into the following six core competency areas… These competence areas in turn are subdivided into primary and secondary competencies:

       Primary Competencies:

·         Experience

·         Subject Matter Knowledge

·         Professional Training Methodology

       Secondary Competencies:

·         Ethics in the Training Profession

·         The Training Process

·         Research

The effect of the PTBOC (Professional Training Body of Competence) is that where a professional trainer wants to be certified by SAPTA, such trainer will have to prove competence against the PTBoC’s primary competencies for each training area in which he / she wants to train in, but the secondary competencies only has to be proved once.

E.g. if a trainer wants to train professionally in the field of project management, then he / she will have to declare the following:

  •  I have experience as a trainer in the field of project management;

  •  I want to train up to the level of senior management and want to train other project managers and can prove the expertise to train at this level; and

  •   In terms of training methodology, I use facilitation skills, presentation skills, and experiential learning, and I can prove my competence in these methods.

The above declaration refers to the primary competencies of the PTBoC, and will have to be proven for each training field which the trainer wants to train in.

In terms of the secondary competencies, the professional trainer only has to prove competence once.

 

Primary Competencies (80%)…
Competency: Weight: BoC Weight:
Occupational Training Experience .20
  • Two years’ experience in the field of occupational training.
  • During above experience, the occupational trainer must have spent 60% or more of his or her working time in the practice of occupational training as defined in the SAPTA Constitution.
  • .10
  • .10
Subject Matter Knowledge .20
  • Subject Knowledge.
  • Experience in specific knowledge area.
  • .10
  • .10
Professional Training Methodology .40
  • Demonstration of competence the primary training methodologies*.
  • Demonstration of the combination of the primary training methodologies* in one session.
  • Experience in the primary training methodologies*.
  • .10
  • .20
  • .10
Secondary Competencies (20%)…
Competency: Weight: BoC Weight:
Ethics in the Training Profession .025
  • Evidence of demonstration of all SAPTA values.
  • .025
The Training Process .025
  • Demonstration of sound knowledge in the training process.
  • .025
Research & Development .15
  • Competence in research and knowledge creation.
  •  Competence in training materials development.
  • .05
  • .10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PTBOC… Core Competence Areas…

 1.       Experience:

The training practitioner will have to prove that he / she respectively has experience in the field of occupational training and in the discipline within which the trainer wants to train.

2.       Subject Matter Expertise:

Here the training practitioner will have to prove competence in the areas of training which he / she wants to deliver. The implication of this core knowledge area is that a professional trainer has to declare his / her area of training delivery and be assessed and certified for such area of training as well as the level at which it will be presented.

3.       Professional Training Methodology:

Here the training practitioner will have to prove competence in three primary training methodologies, namely…

·         Presentation

·         Facilitation;

·         Experiential Learning or similar;

 4.       Ethics in the Training Profession:

Here the training practitioner will have to prove that he / she can apply the SAPTA Code of Ethics beyond dispute. Evidence relating to the entire SAPTA Code of Ethics has to be provided in this regard.

5.       The Training Process:

Here the training practitioner will have to prove that he / she has sound knowledge of the general training process. The training process is generally understood as…

a)       Training needs analysis;

b)       Training Design

c)       Training Intervention

d)       Training Intervention Evaluation

e)       Summative Assessment

 6.       Research

Here the training practitioner will have to prove that he / she has sound knowledge of the general research process, especially as it pertains to the development of training materials. The research process is generally understood as…

a)       Identification of research problem

b)       Literature review

c)       Specifying the purpose of research

d)       Determine specific research questions or hypotheses

e)       Data collection

f)        Analysing and interpreting the data

g)       Reporting and evaluating research

 

 General Notes on the PTBoC…

  • The Professional Trainer Body of Competence (PTBoC) represents the competencies with their respective importance weighting that each Certified Professional Trainer (CPT) should have when being certified as a professional trainer with SAPTA.
  • The weighting system above only indicates weight of completion, e.g. if you have subject matter knowledge and you can apply the training process, then you have achieved a 22.5% competence towards proving competency against the PTBoC.

  • To be certified as a professional occupational trainer (CPT) you need to prove 100% competence against the PTBoC.

  • The PTBoC does not dictate or promote progressive development in terms of the body of competence, in other words, it is possible to first learn the training process, then to get subject knowledge, then to gain experience, etc. In other words the development of the competency set can take a myriad of routes.

  • Where an aspirant CPT must prove that he / she has spent 60% or more of his / her working time on occupational training, then such time will be where a trainer spends 80% of his / her time in practicing training methodology and 20% of his / her time in research and development. Other activities will not be regarded as time spent on occupational training.

  • SAPTA will approve service providers to develop professional trainers in areas of the PTBoC. Where external providers present such development programme, the following focus is prescribed:

 

Competency:

Weight:

BoC

Professional Training Methodology

.60

  • Demonstration of competence the primary training methodologies*.

  • Demonstration of the combination of the primary training methodologies* in one session.

  • Experience in the primary training methodologies*.

Ethics in the Training Profession

.05

  • Evidence of demonstration of all SAPTA values.

The Training Process

.05

  • Demonstration of sound knowledge in the training process.

Research

.30

  • Competence in research and knowledge creation.

  • Competence in training materials development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Primary Training Methodologies:

  1. Presentation Skillls

  2. Facilitation Skills

  3. Experiential learning or Equivalent

 

CPT Certification Committee

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CPT Certification Committee Chair Person

Derek Hendrikz


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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


 

Primary Governance Documents

SAPTA's Primary Governance Documents, in ranking order, are as follows:

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  2. SAPTA Code of Ethics

  3. SAPTA Constitution

  4. SAPTA Master Scorecard

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Secondary Governance Documents

SAPTA's secondary governance documents are our policies and procedures as listed below:

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