Frequently asked questions for SACE CPTD

What is e-learning?

E-learning (electronic learning) is education conducted by electronic media, which typically means using a computer and the internet to access material that can form part of an activity or training programme.

What does SACE endorsement mean?

Achieving SACE endorsement means that the relevant activity meets SACE’s requirements for “Fitness of Purpose.” This means that it:

Aligns with identified system needs,

Strengthens subject competence and professional practice

Promotes professional commitment and system transformation

It is also deemed effective according to SACE’s requirements for “Fitness For Purpose.” This means that the respective outcomes are:

Aligned with the overall purpose of the activity for the target audience and that the contents of the activity supports the achievement of the outcomes and that,

The planned teaching and learning processes support the achievement of the outcomes and overall purposes and that,

The assessment tasks are designed to enable members of the educational workforce to demonstrate achievement of the outcomes.

How will SACE know that I have successfully completed a SACE endorsed activity?

learndirect South Africa will report the completion of each activity to SACE using an electronic form.

Will I get a certificate at the end of the three year cycle?

Yes, at the end of every three year cycle, a Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to each educator according to a three tier system:

150 points:                Bronze Certificate of Achievement

151 – 300 points:      Silver Certificate of Achievement

300+ points:              Gold Certificate of Achievement

Is participation in the CPTD system compulsory?

Yes. Participation in professional development is mandatory. Professional development is part of SACE’s Code of Professional Ethics for educators. All South African educators commit themselves to observe the code, so professional development is not an option but an obligation for all members of the educational workforce.

Moreover, all state-employed educators and many privately-employed educators are required to undertake professional development as part of their conditions of service. Principals, deputy principals and heads of department are required, as part of their duties and responsibilities, to help educators to develop professionally. Principals, deputy principals and heads of department are also required to develop themselves professionally. So, professional development is an all-teacher and all-school affair.

Can anyone provide professional development activities to educators?

No. Only providers approved by SACE are allowed to offer professional development activities with PD Points value. They will be called “SACE Approved Providers”. They will offer professional development activities that are endorsed by SACE. The intention is that only SACE Approved Providers will be engaged and funded by employers, unions or other bodies supporting the professional development of teachers.

Is learndirect South Africa a SACE Approved Provider?

Yes. This means that learndirect South Africa has signed up to SACE’s Code of Practice for providers, is fit to offer professional development activities endorsed by SACE and agrees to offer only activities that are endorsed by SACE. It also means that learndirect South Africa will provide SACE with lists of successful teacher participants in endorsed activities and will agree to accept feedback from participants and monitoring by SACE.

What do I need to start my e-learning with learndirect South Africa?

All you need to start your e-learning is a computer or suitable mobile device such as a tablet or iPad, as well as a reliable internet connection.

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What you’ll need


  • Signed up with SACE CPTD

  • Reliable internet connection

  • Computer or laptop

  • A web browser

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Not signed up with SACE CPTD?


You need to sign-up with SACE CPTD before you can start earning your CPTD points.