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Are you confused about the SACE CPTD point system?

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Being a complete novice in all things CPTD, I waded through information on the web, trying to organize something coherent in my mind. The SACE website contains a link to sign up “for the participation in the CPTD management system and  for utilizing CPTD self-service portal” Eeeek! Whatever happened to short, simple sentences?!

It’s enough to make every teacher bury herself in her pile of marking instead of facing all this unnecessary jargon. It proved to be a very wordy task to determine what the CPTD was all about. It is not actually a difficult system to understand, but it appears that many of the links I discovered have provided layered and complex information.

After much, reading and re-reading, I was able to answer these questions:
Even though it may sound like a contractible disease, it is actually a system managed and implemented by SACE (South African Council of Educators) which recognizes specific teacher development activities and programs which are deemed useful for the professional development of educators.
Basically, educators need to accumulate 150 points by the end of a 3 year cycle by completing teacher development programmes and workshops. These need to be SACE- approved. 

SACE (South African Council of Educators), together with the support of the Department of Education and the 9 provincial departments, is responsible for managing and implementing the system.

It decides which Professional Development providers are credible.
It endorses relevant programmes and activities.
It allocates PD (professional development) points to these activities.
It credits each teachers’ CPTD record with the PD points that have been earned.


  • CPTD is managed and implemented by SACE (South African Council of Educators).
  • Courses and workshops need to be SACE-approved.
  • SACE endorses relevant programmes/workshops.
  • PD points are only allocated by SACE.
  • An educator’s CPTD record is credited via the SACE website.
  • Educators identify their own PD needs. The IQMS system can help with this.
  • Develop your own PDP (Professional Development Programme) by choosing activities from SACE-approved providers’ databases.
  • Educators who have a degree/diploma can earn points before even attending workshops.
  • CPTD is not the same as IQMS. The Integrated Quality Management System measures educators and schools’ performance levels.
  • There are 3 types of CPTD: formal (Provided by educational institutions); non-formal (learning within planned activities) and informal (life-long process of acquiring knowledge and skills).
  • The SACE website offers a self-service portal on their website [] and a 24-hr helpline: 086 100 7223
  • Various online companies such as Educanda offer support as well as SACE-accredited workshops and courses at varying prices.


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