Frequently asked questions for SACE CPTD

How does the CPTD cycle work?

For Principals, Vice Principals and HOD’s: The first 3-year cycle ran from 2014-2016. Principals and Vice Principals are currently in the second 3-year cycle which runs from January 2017 – December 2019…so the end of next year.

For teachers, the cycle started in 2016 and the cycle ends at the end of this year, 2018.

This means that all teachers need to have got their 150 points by the end of this year across all 3 types of activities.

What activities will qualify for Professional Development Points?

Teachers will have to earn their Professional Development (PD) points from three types of professional development activities

For a more detailed list, please visit: https://www.sace.gov.za/documentation

Is CPTD compulsory?

Absolutely! Participation in professional development is mandatory.

Professional development is part of SACE’s Code of Professional Ethics for educators. All teachers commit themselves to observe the code. Section 7 of SACE Code of Professional Ethics states that an educator: ‘must keep abreast of educational developments.’

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.

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.

Get SACE Points is an approved Accredited Provider.

What happens if teachers don’t reach the 150 points target?

Educators who refuse to participate in the CPTD Management System or defy it will be contravening Section 7 of SACE Code of Professional Ethics. This means educators could have their SACE registration refused and ultimately be unable to teach.

How do I get started with Get SACE Points and their online courses they offer?

Contact us and register your school for a consultation and we can create a School Plan according to the specific needs of your school.

For an individual user, you may also enrol yourself on courses right now and you can access our paygate where you can pay for your courses.

*Please note: Our school offering allows for a reduced rate per course, so please do contact us.

Email:    info@getsacepoints.co.za
Tel:​         021 200 8877

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

What you’ll need


  • Signed up with SACE CPTD

  • Reliable internet connection

  • Computer or laptop

  • A web browser

Not signed up with SACE CPTD?


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

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