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Designations
Which Level am I ?

The staffing industry is now recognised as a profession and APSO, as the official professional body for the staffing industry, has registered three (3) professional designations with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). These designations cater for new entrants, more experienced consultants and the most senior individuals working in the staffing industry and provides a clear career pathway to success.

To help you determine which level you should apply for and the requirements for each designation, please find below an outline of the various elements, including experience and qualification that form part of the assessment and awarding process.

Individual Staffing Practitioner (ISP)

This is the entry level designation and where most individuals currently working in the sector will begin their journey to professionalism. To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:

 
Awarding Criteria
Designation: Individual Staffing Professional
Designation
Workplace Experience
Academic Qualification
Ind. Knowledge Assessment
Individual Staffing Practitioner (ISP)
Min 6 months
Matric / NQF4
Entrance Exam
Individual Staffing Professional (ISPr)

This is the mid level designation and where some of the more experienced individuals working in the sector will begin their journey to professionalism. To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:

 
Awarding Criteria
Designation: Individual Staffing Professional
Designation
Workplace Experience
Academic Qualification
Ind. Knowledge Assessment
Individual Staffing Professional (ISPr)
Min 3 years
Min 5 years
NQF5
Matric/ NQF4
Board Exam
Individual Staffing Master (ISM)

Because we recognise that there are many successful recruiters working in the industry who may not be in possession of a tertiary qualification, there are two pathways to achieving this designation, namely:

 
Awarding Criteria
Designation: Individual Staffing Professional
Designation
Workplace Experience
Academic Qualification
Ind. Knowledge Assessment
Individual Staffing Master (ISM)
Min 10 Years
NQF6
Research Report & Panel Interview
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