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2.2.1 Certified BCT Associate


An individual applying for the CertBCT Assoc should be able to demonstrate a fundamental understanding in any field aligned to the broadcast or communications sector, and demonstrate informed understanding in an area of specialisation related to that field.

For example, a camera operator should be able to demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the content production process, and an informed  understanding of the art and craft of cinematography in the film/ video environment.

This designation could apply to camera operators, video technicians, audio and video editors, studio and lighting technicians, IP and transmission engineers, etc.


  • Use the designatory letters for Certified Broadcasting Communications Associate (CertBCT Assoc) behind their name
  • Participate in SACIA events at discounted rates
  • Offer employers and colleagues assurance of commitment to the broadcast, communications and professional AV industry
  • Be listed on the National Learners’ Record Database

Qualifying criteria

Applicants must have:

  • At least three years of experience in the broadcasting and communications industry.
  • A relevant NQF-level 4 qualification in film, video or audio production or similar. An example of a relevant qualification might include the Further Education and Training Certificate: Film and Television Production Operations (qualification 61450) 
  • Provide a portfolio of evidence supporting their application, or pass a qualifying examination
  • Gained an endorsement from two people of good standing within the broadcast and communications industry

    Designation competencies

    A candidate applying for the Certified BCT Associate designation should be able to demonstrate the following:

    • A fundamental knowledge of any field or discipline aligned to the broadcast or communications sector, and a fundamental understanding of the key terms, rules, concepts, established principles, and theories related to that field (For example: camera operations, audio recording, animation, broadcast operations, etc.).
    • Detailed understanding that knowledge in one field can be applied to related fields. (For example; a camera operator will know that the theory of video compression will apply to video recording, processing and distribution.)
    • The ability to apply essential methods, procedures and techniques of the field or discipline to a given familiar context and motivate a change using relevant evidence.
    • The ability to use knowledge to troubleshoot common problems within a familiar context and apply a common solution within relevant parameters to meet the needs of small changes in the problem or operating context with an understanding of the consequences of related actions.
    • The ability to adhere to the SACIA code of conduct and understand societal values and ethics.
    • A fundamental ability to gather, analyse and evaluate relevant information related to the field or discipline aligned to the broadcast or communications sector and the ability to apply and carry out actions by interpreting information from text and operational symbols or representations.
    • The ability to communicate and present information reliably and accurately in written and oral form. The ability to use commonly used software programmes related to the broadcast or communications sector. (For example, a video editor must have a fundamental knowledge of video editing software, including graphics, titling and colour correction)
    • Detailed understanding of the field of broadcasting or communications as a system within a broader context.
    • Responsibility for their learning within a supervised environment and the ability to evaluate their performance against given criteria.
    • The capacity to take decisions about and responsibility for actions, and the capacity to take the initiative to address any shortcomings.

    Portfolio of evidence

    There is no definitive list of documents that might be included in the Portfolio of Evidence, but it would generally include a detailed list of work undertaken, copies of course and training certificates received, testimonials and letters of recommendation supporting an individual’s claim of comprehensive knowledge, experience and competence and a list of any awards or commendations received.

    Individuals applying for a designation in content creation (such as animators, editors and camera operators) should provide a showreel reflecting the breadth and depth of work undertaken. Extracts from recent productions that demonstrate the breadth and depth of their work should be uploaded to Vimeo as an H264 Quicktime file, 25 fps constant frame rate, 720p HD (1280 x 720 px) at a bit rate of 5000 and no more than 10,000kbit/s. Y

    They should also provide an accompanying document, with a short statement describing the technical and creative challenges addressed in the extracts and clips provided.

    Continuing professional development (CPD) requirements

    Designated members are required to:

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    SACIA’s certification council recognise that many applicants for this designation will not hold an underlying NQF-level 4 qualification. The Council will encourage individual’s lacking such a qualification to apply for a professional designation if they can demonstrate additional work experience in the broadcast and communications industry. Their portfolio of evidence should also demonstrate their understanding of the technology used in the broadcast and communications industry. An assessment will be conducted by a body of subject matter experts. For more information please visit the RPL page.

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