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Activities of Professional Bodies in South Africa 2023

Gary Phillips | South Africa | 09 June 2023

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This report on activities of professional bodies in South Africa includes information on the numbers of bodies and memberships, relevant information on employment, high demand occupations, incentives and subsidies, employment trends, revenue and expenditure trends, and the key issues faced by the industry. There are 103 profiles of professional bodies including major associations such as The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Health Professions Council of South Africa and Law Society of South Africa, and a plethora of professions including the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Association of Christian Religious Practitioners, Institute of Mine Surveyors of Southern Africa, Ocularists Association of Southern Africa, South African Geomatics Council and the South African Sports Coaching Association.


• Professional bodies play an important role in the professional development and standards of skilled occupations.
• The more than 100 statutory bodies recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority have over one million members.
• Professional bodies are vital in the continued development of graduates once they enter their occupations.
• The economic situation and emigration of professionals have resulted in decreasing revenues for some organisations.
• Industry members say they need to work harder to convince professionals of the relevance of membership.
• A key element of membership growth has been to focus on student or candidate professional membership.


• Large number of professional bodies catering for a wide range of professions.
• South African Qualifications Authority recognition of professional bodies.
• Strong state support of statutory professional bodies.


• Professional identity lacking in many occupations leading to reduced membership.
• The pandemic has led to reduced revenue for professional bodies.


• Digitalisation leading to improved efficiencies and effectiveness in serving members.
• Growth in demand for professional and managerial occupational categories,
• International agreements with other professional bodies.


• Membership potential reduced by emigration and unemployment of professionals.
• Professionals losing sight of the value proposition of professional body membership.
• Revenue loss from economic downturns.
• Rising labour costs of professional body staff


• South Africa has a well-established professional bodies industry that includes substantial investment by the state through statutory councils.
• Professional bodies can play a strong role in qualifications development and professional quality assurance.
• Economic conditions are challenging, and some professional bodies that have seen revenue and membership decline.
• There is a need to make the value proposition more attractive, bring in candidate and student members and develop strong international links.
• The changing nature of work, driven by technological change, is resulting in growing demand for managers and professionals.

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Activities of Professional Bodies in South Africa
Activities of Professional Bodies in South Africa 2023

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R 20 000.00(ZAR) estimated $1087.65 (USD)*

Industry Landscape

R 14 000.00(ZAR) estimated $ 761.35 (USD)*

Table of Contents

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2.1. Industry Value Chain 5
2.2. Geographic Position 6
2.3. Size of the Industry 7
3. LOCAL 12
3.1. State of the Industry 12
3.2. Key Trends 17
3.3. Key Issues 20
3.4. Trade 20
3.5. Corporate Actions 21
3.6. Regulations 21
3.7. Enterprise Development and Social Development 24
5.1. Unforeseen Events 26
5.2. Economic Environment 26
5.3. Labour 27
5.4. Environmental Issues 28
5.5. Technology, R&D, Innovation 29
5.6. Government Support 32
6.1. Competition 33
6.2. Barriers to Entry 34
9.1. Publications 35
9.2. Websites 36
Appendix 1 – List of Professional Bodies in South Africa 37
Appendix 2 – Summary of Notable Players 43
Actuarial Society of South Africa 58
African Institute of Interior Design Professions NPC (The) 60
Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (The) 61
Association for Office Professionals of South Africa NPC (The) 63
Association for Skills Development in South Africa NPC 65
Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners NPC 68
Association of BBBEE Professionals NPC 70
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners South Africa Chapter NPC 72
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (South Africa) NPC (The) 74
Association of Christian Religious Practitioners NPC 76
Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (The) 78
Batseta Council of Retirement Funds for South Africa NPC 80
Chartered Governance Institute of Southern Africa NPC 82
Chartered Institute for Business Accountants NPC 84
Chartered Institute of Government Finance Audit and Risk Officers NPC 86
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants NPC (The) 88
Chartered Institute of Professional Practitioners and Trainers NPC 90
Chartered Statisticians of South Africa NPC 91
CIPS Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd 93
Compliance Institute Southern Africa NPC 97
Contact Centre Management Group (Pty) Ltd 99
Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa NPC 101
Council of Equine and Equestrian Professionals of South Africa NPC 103
Employee Assistance Professionals Association of South Africa NPC 105
Engineering Council of South Africa 107
Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (The) 111
Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations NPC 113
Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa NPC (The) 115
Forum for Immigration Practitioners South Africa NPC 117
Health Professions Council of South Africa (The) 118
Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors 124
Information Systems Audit and Control Association South Africa Chapter NPC 126
Institute for Local Government Management of South Africa (The) 128
Institute for Timber Construction South Africa NPC 130
Institute for Work at Height NPC 132
Institute of Accounting and Commerce NPC (The) 134
Institute of Bankers in South Africa NPC (The) 137
Institute of Business Advisors Southern Africa NPC 139
Institute of Chartered IT Professionals NPC 141
Institute of Commercial Forensic Practitioners NPC 143
Institute of Credit Management NPC 145
Institute of Directors in South Africa NPC (The) 146
Institute of Internal Auditors-South Africa NPC (The) 148
Institute of Loss Adjusters of Southern Africa NPC 150
Institute of Management Consultants and Master Coaches of South Africa NPC (The) 151
Institute of Mine Surveyors of Southern Africa NPC 153
Institute of People Management NPC 155
Institute of Risk Management South Africa (The) 157
Insurance Institute of South Africa NPC (The) 159
Law Society of South Africa 161
Library and Information Association of South Africa 163
Marketing Association of South Africa NPC (The) 165
Ocularists Association of Southern Africa NPC 167
Plumbing Industry Registration Board NPC 168
Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa 170
Project Management South Africa 171
Property Practitioners Regulatory Authority 173
Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa NPC 176
Registration of Exercise Professional of South Africa (Pty) Ltd 178
S A Institute of Auctioneers NPC 180
SA Board for People Practices 182
SAINT Professional Body for NDT NPC 184
South African Association of Health and Skin Care Professionals NPC 186
South African Career Development Association 188
South African Chefs Association NPC 190
South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions 193
South African Council for Social Service Professions 196
South African Council for the Architectural Profession 198
South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession 201
South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (The) 203
South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession 205
South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (The) 207
South African Dental Technicians Council 209
South African Facilities Management Association NPC 211
South African Geomatics Council 213
South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (The) 215
South African Institute of Financial Markets 218
South African Institute of Medicolegal Experts NPC 219
South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health NPC 220
South African Institute of Physics 221
South African Institute of Professional Accountants 223
South African Institute of Stockbrokers 226
South African Institute of Taxation NPC 228
South African National Space Agency 230
South African Nursing Council 233
South African Pharmacy Council 236
South African Professional Firearm Trainers Council NPC 239
South African Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners Association NPC 240
South African Reward Association 242
South African Sports Coaching Association NPC 244
South African Veterinary Council 245
South-African Professional Institute of Kinderkinetics NPC 248
Southern African Asset Management Association NPC 250
Southern African Communications Industries Association NPC 252
Southern African Emergency Services Institute NPC 254
Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (The) 255
Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (The) 257
Southern African Marketing Research Association NPC 259
Turnaround Management Association Southern Africa Chapter NPC 261
Vehicle Damage Quantification Governance Body of South Africa NPC 263
Water Institute of Southern Africa NPC 264