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Monday, 11 October 2021

CPUT’s HR qualifications accredited

ACCREDITATION: Unversities that have their HR qualifications accredited by the South African Boarrd for People Practces (SABPP) do not only have professional accreditation status, but may establish a SABPP HR Student Chapter and receive financial assistance for it from the SABPP. ACCREDITATION: Unversities that have their HR qualifications accredited by the South African Boarrd for People Practces (SABPP) do not only have professional accreditation status, but may establish a SABPP HR Student Chapter and receive financial assistance for it from the SABPP.

The South African Board of People Practices (SABPP),which is the standards and professional registration body for the Human Resource (HR) profession in the country, has  recently approved the full accreditation for CPUT’s undergraduate and postgraduate HR Management (HRM) qualifications.

Dr Liiza Gie, Head of the HRM Department said the accreditation evaluation was undertaken in May  for the Doctoral degree right down to the Diploma and that recently, the SABPP board approved the full accreditation for a period of five years.

The SABPP University Excellence Awards for the best academically achieving students in 2020 went to Fiya Mabunda who obtained an average of 82% for the Diploma: HRM, and Zeena Kiewitz for obtaining her Advanced Diploma: HRM with an average of 79%.

 In 2017, CPUT launched the first SABPP HR Student Chapter in the Western Cape.  The aim of SABPP Student Chapter is to invite HR students to join SABPP as  HR student members in order to assist and prepare them as aspirant HR professionals to enter the world of work on completion of their studies.

“Thus, the SABPP Student Chapter is a consortium of HR students driven by SABPP to professionalise the mind-set and preparation of HR students,” added Gie. “The CPUT SABPP HR Student Chapter aims to serve the needs of CPUT registered students who are studying HR, including undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.” 

 Last week, elections for the second official Student Chapter Committee were held via the CPUT SABPP virtual event and the following positions were confirmed:

  • Chairperson - Siraaj Isaacs
  • Secretary - Liyabona Ginya
  • Treasurer - Siphilisiwe Tshaka
  • Communications and Marketing Officer - Tamica Andrews
  • Academic Officer - Taina Bezuidenhout
  • Gie said  the benefits of SABPP registration and accreditation for HR practitioners (HRM academic staff members) include professional registration status and commissioner of oaths, with access to updated HR knowledge for continuous professional development (CPD) points for attending SABPP learning activities.  

“Employers who have registered HR professionals in their employ will via their professional registration have access to professional networking opportunities, advice and support,” she continued. “HEI’s [Higher Education Institutions] who have their HR programmes accredited by the SABPP will not only have professional accreditation status but may establish a SABPP HR Student Chapter and receive financial assistance for it from the SABPP.” 

The accreditation paves the way for HR students to commence on their professional career pathway, not only to receive a SABPP-accredited HR qualification from the university, but also to participate in a student chapter, and have access to a variety of information and opportunities for future employment.        

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za