What is SACE?

The South African Council for Educators (SACE) is a professional council, that aims to enhance the status of the teaching profession through appropriate:

  • Registration – SACE registers all qualified South African teachers
  • Management of Professional Development
  • Instilling the Code of Ethics

SACE was established to uphold the education profession.

Each teacher should have a Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) developed according to SACE guidelines, which will act as a record of a teacher’s development journey.

What is CPTD?

Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) is the system that helps teachers grow professionally. Like all professionals (doctors, lawyers, accountants etc), teachers need to grow their knowledge and skills throughout their careers. 

Most professional bodies expect their members to engage in professional development activities. The CPTD system will help teachers organise their professional development in order to achieve maximum benefit. The system is managed by SACE with the support of the education departments.

CPTD is a system for recognising all useful teacher development activities:

  • Approving quality and credible professional development providers
  • Endorsing relevant and good professional development quality activities and programmes
  • Allocating professional development (PD) points to such activities
  • Accrediting each teacher’s CPTD account/record with the PD points they have earned

SACE created the CPTD system for all South African teachers.

  • For Principals & Vice Principals
    The 3 year cycle runs from 2017-2019.
  • For Teachers
    The cycle started in 2016 and the cycle ends at the end of 2018..

Be sure to get your points before then!

Teachers must achieve at least 150 points every 3 years by participating in various activities.

These points can be achieved by performing SACE endorsed activities, each of which has a predetermined point allocation. Participation is aimed at deepening the knowledge of educators, refining their skills and promoting career development at all levels.

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


(Teacher initiated)
These activities are initiated personally by an educator to address his / her identified needs.


(School initiated)
These activities are initiated by a school to address, for example, common needs identified by a group of foundation phase educators.


(External provider initiated)

Type 1 and 2 Activities are not submitted to SACE for endorsement.
Teachers are required to participate and report on them in their Professional Development Portfolios.

Type 3 Activities, on the other hand, go through a quality assurance process with SACE
in order to protect teachers against dishonest service providers and poor-quality activities.

As we are a SACE Accredited Provider, we can do this process for you.

Teachers are urged to try to strike a balance by earning points from all three types of PD activities over the three-year cycle. Points earned are recorded on-line via the Points Schedule provided by SACE, another service which we can do for you.

A wide range of options are available in all three categories. For more information, please visit:


Educators who refuse to participate in the CPTD Management System will be contravening Section 7 of the SACE Code of Professional Ethics. This means Educators could get denied their SACE registration and ultimately be unable to teach.

How do you get started with SACE and record your points?

Get started

The guide below is aimed at giving assistance to teachers on how to use the SACE Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) Self-Service portal.


  • SACE Registration number*

  • A smart device/laptop/computer

  • Internet

  • SACE CPTD Username – which is your SACE number

  • SACE Password – which is normally your surname

*If you have not registered with SACE, please follow this link to help you with registration:

Please follow steps 1-6 to register yourself for CPTD

OR skip steps 3 & 4 if you have already registered


Go onto the SACE homepage:


Click on the CPTD-IS tab


Click on Sign-Up


Fill in all your personal details and then click submit


Click on the log-in button and enter your username (SACE Registration number) and Password (Surname – case sensitive)


If you have forgotten/lost your registration number, please contact SACE directly on: 086 1007 223 or


You can now start working your way through the self-service portal where you can update your information at any time, report and record your CPTD Points.

The next step to is start earning your CPTD Points
Type 1 (Teacher initiated) and Type 3 (External Provider Initiated).

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