Full accreditation for CPUT’s HR qualifications

PROFFESSIONALISATION: SABPP Chief executive Marius Meyer and Western Cape SABPP chairperson, Bonnie Johansen, congratulate a student for her academic excellence during a SABPP CPUT Student Chapter launch

The Human Resources Management Department has received full accreditation from the South African Board for Peoples Practices (SABPP) for all of its academic programmes from diploma to doctoral degree levels.

The SABPP is the professional body for HR practitioners in South Africa and also accredits HR academic programmes of universities.

The SABPP is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority as a non-statutory professional body and co-operates with all Quality Councils in respect of qualifications and quality assurance in its occupational field.

The accreditation is reviewed and updated every three to four years.

“The SABPP accreditation of higher education HR programmes is based on the CHE Programme Accreditation 19-criteria and alignment to the National HR Competency Model and National HR Professional Practice Standards,” says HOD: HR Management, Liiza Gie.

“It is noteworthy that the SABPP is the first HR professional body in the world to have launched both national competencies and professional practice standards,” says Gie.

The SABPP evaluation panel consists of HR academics from other universities and HR industry professionals who compile an evaluation report and recommend areas of improvement.

The accreditation process is developmental and promotes benchmarking and incorporation of HR professional standards into the curriculum.

She adds that the SABPP established a designated subcommittee to advise on pertinent issues affecting universities, and its members meet annually to promote professional benchmarking and collaboration of curricula between higher education institutions.

While CPUT staff members who are registered with SABPP benefit from lots of opportunities for Continuous Professional Development, CPUT’s accreditation entitles the university to actively participate in the Western Cape SABPP Committee and the HR Universities Forum as well as financial assistance for the CPUT SABPP Student Chapter.

“CPUT’s continued partnership, collaboration and accreditation with the SABPP enhances its HR programmes’ sustainability, quality of teaching and learning, relevance of curriculum, professional student experiences and opportunities for research and innovation.”

In 2010 CPUT was the first of all the Universities of Technology in South Africa, and the first higher education institution in the Western Cape, to obtain SABPP accreditation.

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