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2 Registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions Presentation to the South African Society for Agricultural Extension, University of the Free State, 4 June 2013 Dr Rolf Becker Pr.Sci.Nat. Executive Director 2

3 NATURAL SCIENTIFIC PROFESSIONS ACT OF 2003 The current Act (No. 27 of 2003) replaced the Natural Scientific Professions Act of Act = Voluntary registration 2003 Act = Compulsory registration 3

4 NATURAL SCIENTIFIC PROFESSIONS ACT OF 2003 Section 18 (2) A person may not practise in any of the fields of practice listed in Schedule I unless he or she is registered in a category listed in subsection (1). Section 20 (1) Only a registered person may practise in a consulting capacity. 4

5 Fields of Practice Agricultural Science Animal Science Biological Science Botanical Science Chemical Science Earth Science Ecological Science Environmental Science Food Science Geological Science Geospatial Science Mathematical Science Microbiological Science Physical Science Toxicological Science Water Resource Science Zoological Science Agricultural Extension Science 5

6 WHY SHOULD REGISTRATION BE NECESSARY? Professionals provide a service to the public. The public has a right to be protected. 6

7 WHY SHOULD REGISTRATION BE NECESSARY? Professionals provide a service to the public. The profession has a right to be protected. 7

8 WHAT IS SACNASP’s FUNCTION? To register natural scientists. To hold the registered persons to a Code of Conduct. To represent the practitioners of the natural sciences and to campaign on their behalf. To ensure maintenance of acceptable standards of training. To advise the Minister on matters relating to the natural scientific professions. TO ENSURE SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE PRACTICE BY REGISTERED SCIENTISTS 8

9 Whom and what does SACNASP represent? Professional Natural Scientists The Community Wide range of Intellectual Capital A major investment in South Africa’s future “Education and research are for tomorrow, not today. These are the investments society makes in its future” ( Casey NH, Livestock Science, 2011) 9

10 What does SACNASP believe? That scientific evidence should be used as a matter of routine to inform decision and shape policy. That the sciences must be protected from the influences of money and politics. That the importance of knowledge, rationality, logic and deduction is paramount to our professions. 10

11 CATEGORIES OF REGISTRATION Certificated Natural Scientist (Cert.Sci.Nat.) Candidate Natural Scientist (Cand.Sci.Nat.) Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat.) Associate Natural Scientist (Assoc.Sci.Nat.) 11

12 REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION Cert.Sci.Nat. Recognised 3 YEAR DEGREE OR DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENT and between one to five years experience. Cand.Sci.Nat. Recognised 4 YEAR DEGREE OR DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENT with no experience. Pr.Sci.Nat. Recognised 4 YEAR DEGREE OR DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENT plus three years experience. Assoc.Sci.Nat. To be determined by relevant Professional Advisory Committee 12

13 Certificated Natural Scientist Level A A recognised 3-year National Diploma (N. Dip.) or 3-year Bachelor’s Degree (B.Sc.) or the equivalent thereof with a minimum of one year appropriate work experience. Level B A recognised 2- or 3-year National Diploma or the equivalent thereof, followed by 3 years of work experience in the event of the 3-year qualification and 5 years work experience in the event of the 2-year qualification. The strict requirements for the basic sciences are not considered a prerequisite for registration at this level. 13

14 WHY REGISTER ??? Register and be recognised ! – By Peers – Endorsed backing of unbiased Council – Public Enjoy Professional status Protect and strengthen your Profession 14

15 WHY REGISTER ??? (cntd.) No work identified under the Act may be done by persons who are not registered with SACNASP. Required for OSD! 15

16 HOW DO I REGISTER? 16

17 The Registration Process Complete application received Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) Registration Committee (RC) Qualifications Assessment Committee (QAC) Council Appeal Process Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 17

18 NUMBERS as at 31 January Certificated Natural Scientists (+26%) 483 Candidate Natural Scientists (+56%) 4629 Professional Natural Scientists (+7%) 5514 Total (+576 since 30 April 2012; +12%) 18

19 DISTRIBUTION IN FIELDS OF PRACTISE 27% Geological Science 10% Earth Science 9% Environmental Science 9% Agricultural Science 8% Animal Science 7% Chemical Science 4% Ecological Science 19

20 CURRENT PROJECTS Strengthen SACNASP Become more relevant Rejuvenating the Act Revising the Rules Enhancing our visibility Educate scientists and public 20

21 CURRENT PROJECTS Continuous Professional Development (CPD) – Geology – Animal Science Modernise registration process Streamline administration procedures Marketing campaign 21

22 IMPROVED SERVICE Frequent communication through regular newsletters Personal Indemnity Insurance Support conferences and symposia Regional breakfast sessions Employment opportunities through website Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn 22

23 NEW DEVELOPMENTS Geospatial Science – new Field of Practice Trainee Certificated Natural Scientist Specialist Natural Scientist Associate Natural Scientist – Palaeontology – Agricultural Extension – Competent Valuator 23

24 FUTURE PROJECTS Greater involvement in the development of curricula for the natural sciences Accreditation of training centres Step up media coverage Start to engage the youth 24

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28 STATISTICS TABLE 2 SACNASP age distribution for all categories from 30 April 2006 to 30 April Jan Age distribution (%) 60-plus

29 STATISTICS TABLE 3 SACNASP gender distribution from 30 April 2006 to 30 April Jan Gende r (%) Male Femal e

30 STATISTICS TABLE 4 SACNASP distribution by Race from 30 April 2006 to 30 April Jan Distribution by Race (%) White Black Asian Coloure d

31 NUMBERS TABLE 1 SACNASP numbers from 30 April April Jan Cand Cert Prof Total Annual increase


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