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The Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) System is the way that the South African Council for Educators (SACE) fulfills its mandate to play a key role in the continuing professional development of the country’s educational workforce.

It’s simple. All South African educators are required to earn 150 professional development (PD) points within a three year cycle. The most convenient and effective way to earn these points is online, by completing the SACE endorsed activities provided by learndirect South Africa. These activities include a range of e-learning programs such as communication skills, team management and leadership development – each has a predetermined point allocation.

If you’re new to the CPTD system and you need to sign up to start earning points, there is a simple process to follow. Watch this video or follow the steps as outlined below.

Step one
Go to the, click on the CPTD tab and choose “CPTD-IS.”


It will take you to the sign-up screen.


Step two
Select “South African Educator” or “Foreign Educator.”


Step three
Enter your details and click “Save.”
You should have been given a SACE registration number from your respective school. This is the number you should enter in the relevant block.


Step four
You will be given a username and password and will be able to log in to the system at this point.


Step five
Login with the details provided and click “Proceed with CPTD sign-up process.”


Step six
You will then have an opportunity to complete a full profile, including your qualifications and personal details.


Step seven
You can now navigate through the self-service portal, update information, report a CPTD-related problem, etc.
Once you have completed the sign-up process, you’ll be ready to start earning CPTD points online. These points can be earned by completing SACE endorsed activities.
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