Belonging to a professional body has tangible benefits
The Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) has been recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as the only professional body for the registration of communication professionals in South Africa.
Aligned to this recognition are professional designations such as Public Relations Practitioner (PRP), Chartered Public Relations Practitioner (CPRP) and Accredited in Public Relations Practitioner (APR) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
The PRP, CPRP and APR designations are registered at NQF Levels 5, 6 and 7 respectively. By way of comparison, most MBAs are registered at NQF 7, the same level as the APR designation.
This clearly demonstrates that SAQA has assessed PRISA's professional development path and its registration process. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and on-the-job development, which contributes towards skills development in the Communication, Marketing and Public Relations Sector, was attained.
To find out where you are on the NQF scale and what you need to do in terms of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), self development or short courses in order to advance on your PRogressions Career Path contact PRISA office on 011 326 1262.
If you are a communicator without a formal qualification, this is a way to have your experience recognised under RPL and to obtain a professional designation that is as good as a qualification!