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2.2.1 Certified BCT Associate


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

For example, a camera operator should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the content production process, and a comprehensive 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 3 years’ experience in the broadcasting and communications industry. Individuals working on a freelance basis should demonstrate that they have worked a minimum 105 days in each year.
  • Matric certificate (National Senior Certificate, NQF 4) or equivalent
  • 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

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:

  • maintain annual membership of SACIA or a recognised affiliate body
  • subscribe to the SACIA code of professional conduct
  • comply with the CPD requirements as stipulated by SACIA

Recognition of Prior Learning

SACIA’s certification council recognize 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 at least 6 years’ relevant 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.

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