2Dr Rolf Becker Pr.Sci.Nat. Registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific ProfessionsPresentation to the South African Society for Agricultural Extension, University of the Free State,4 June 2013Dr Rolf Becker Pr.Sci.Nat.Executive Director
3NATURAL SCIENTIFIC PROFESSIONS ACT OF 2003 The current Act (No. 27 of 2003) replaced the Natural Scientific Professions Act of 19931993 Act = Voluntary registration2003 Act = Compulsory registration
4NATURAL 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.
6WHY SHOULD REGISTRATION BE NECESSARY? Professionals provide a service to the public.The public has a right to be protected.
7WHY SHOULD REGISTRATION BE NECESSARY? Professionals provide a service to the public.The profession has a right to be protected.
8WHAT 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
9Whom and what does SACNASP represent? Professional Natural ScientistsThe CommunityWide range of Intellectual CapitalA 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)
10What 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.
12REQUIREMENTS 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
13Certificated 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.
14WHY REGISTER ??? Enjoy Professional status Register and be recognised! By PeersEndorsed backing of unbiased CouncilPublicEnjoy Professional statusProtect and strengthen your Profession
15WHY REGISTER ??? (cntd.)No work identified under the Act may be done by persons who are not registered with SACNASP.Required for OSD!
17The Registration Process Complete application receivedProfessional Advisory Committee (PAC)Registration Committee (RC)Qualifications Assessment Committee (QAC)CouncilAppeal ProcessRecognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
18NUMBERS as at 31 January 2013363 Certificated Natural Scientists (+26%)483 Candidate Natural Scientists (+56%)4629 Professional Natural Scientists (+7%)5514 Total (+576 since 30 April 2012; +12%)
19DISTRIBUTION IN FIELDS OF PRACTISE 27% Geological Science10% Earth Science9% Environmental Science9% Agricultural Science8% Animal Science7% Chemical Science4% Ecological Science
20CURRENT PROJECTS Strengthen SACNASP Become more relevant Rejuvenating the ActRevising the RulesEnhancing our visibilityEducate scientists and public
21CURRENT PROJECTS Continuous Professional Development (CPD) GeologyAnimal ScienceModernise registration processStreamline administration proceduresMarketing campaign
22IMPROVED SERVICE Frequent communication through regular newsletters Personal Indemnity InsuranceSupport conferences and symposiaRegional breakfast sessionsEmployment opportunities through websiteFacebook / Twitter / LinkedIn
23NEW DEVELOPMENTS Geospatial Science – new Field of Practice Trainee Certificated Natural ScientistSpecialist Natural ScientistAssociate Natural ScientistPalaeontologyAgricultural ExtensionCompetent Valuator
24FUTURE PROJECTSGreater involvement in the development of curricula for the natural sciencesAccreditation of training centresStep up media coverageStart to engage the youth
28STATISTICSTABLE 2SACNASP age distribution for all categories from 30 April 2006 to 30 April 201231 Jan20062007200820092010201120122013Age distribution (%)60-plus18171550-592322212040-492827262530-3924303120-297689
29STATISTICS TABLE 3 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Gender (%) SACNASP gender distribution from 30 April to 30 April 201231 Jan20062007200820092010201120122013Gender (%)Male82807877757371Female18202223252729
30STATISTICSTABLE 4SACNASP distribution by Race from 30 April 2006 to 30 April 201231 Jan20062007200820092010201120122013Distribution by Race (%)White8786848381777166Black89111214172328Asian34Coloured2
31NUMBERSTABLE 1SACNASP numbers from 30 April April 201331 Jan20062007200820092010201120122013Cand170145158174179220310483Cert5878103108107151288363Prof29663180338035493655386743404629Total31943403364138313941423849385514Annual increase217209238190110297700576