Work Visas: Role of professional bodies

Work Visas - Role of professional bodies

 

We will be discussing the role of professional bodies.

What is a professional body?

I think let’s start with what is a professional body. A professional body is a regulatory body for certain professions or sector. For example, attorneys: they would register with the Law Society, and chartered accountants would register with South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. You can see those are specific professions and then you’ll get a sector for example. Engineering would be the Engineering Council of South Africa.

Why is this important to you?

It really depends on if it’s the profession or the sector, but it’s the regulatory body governing that profession or sector. Why is this important to you? Well, if you’re going to be employed by a South African entity and you qualify for critical skills, it’s mandatory that you register with a professional body. Now, which professional body? While SAQA, which is the South African Qualifications Authority, have a list of recognized professional bodies, but to determine the most appropriate one, you would probably need to check your qualifications, your experience, as well as the role you will occupy in South Africa.

IBN is here to help

For this, I would really suggest that you speak to a qualified immigration provider because it can be very, very technical, and it’s not always solely based on qualifications and experience, but sometimes more focused on what you will be doing in South Africa as well as the sector that the company in South Africa operates in.

 

Written by Bianca Nicholls

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