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2.2.3 Certified BCT Professional


An individual applying for the CertBCT Prof designation should demonstrate an informed understanding of the entire broadcast chain and a detailed understanding of a specialist field.

For example, a media/ archive manager would be expected to understand all aspects of broadcast operations, engineering design and maintenance issues. They’d have an informed understanding of broadcast operations, engineering design and maintenance in so far as these relate to the archiving process, and they’d have a detailed understanding of the IT infrastructure required to manage the ingest, quality and metadata issues related to their activities.


  • Use the designatory letters for Certified Broadcasting and Communications Technology Professional (CertBCT Prof) 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:

  • hold a relevant NQF-level 6 qualification in film, video, audio or multimedia production. An example of a relevant qualification might include the Diploma in Motion Picture Production offered by Tshwane University of technology (qualification 100949)
  • Gained an endorsement from a person of good standing within the broadcast and communications industry
  • Provide a portfolio of evidence supporting their application, or pass a qualifying examination
  • completed at least eight years of industry related experience. Individuals working on a freelance basis should demonstrate that they have worked a minimum 105 days in each year.

Designation competencies

A candidate applying for the Cert BCT Professional designation should demonstrate the following:

  • Detailed knowledge of the entire broadcast and communications chain, including an understanding of and the ability to apply the key terms, concepts, facts, principles, rules and theories of the broadcast and communications field, discipline or practice to unfamiliar but relevant contexts; 
  • Detailed knowledge of an area (or areas) of specialisation, and a detailed understanding of how that knowledge relates to other fields, disciplines or practices.
  • A detailed understanding of different forms of knowledge, schools of thought and forms of explanation within an area of study, operation or practice, and awareness of knowledge production processes.
  • The ability to evaluate, select and apply appropriate methods, procedures or techniques in investigation or application processes within a defined context.
  • The ability to identify, analyse and solve problems in unfamiliar contexts, gathering evidence and applying solutions based on evidence and procedures appropriate to the broadcast and communications sector.
  • A detailed understanding of the ethical implications of decisions and actions within an organisational or professional context based on an awareness of the complexity of moral dilemmas. The candidate should also demonstrate an understanding of gender-based violence, discrimination, victimisation, sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation that may apply in the workplace.
  • The ability to evaluate different sources of information, select information appropriate to the task, and apply well-developed analysis, synthesis and evaluation processes to that information.
  • The ability to present and communicate complex information reliably and coherently using appropriate academic and professional or occupational conventions, formats and technologies for a given context.
  • The ability to make decisions and act appropriately in familiar and new contexts.
  • An understanding of the relationships between systems and how actions, ideas or developments in one system impact other systems.
  • The ability to evaluate performance against given criteria, accurately identify and address task-specific learning needs in a given context, and provide support to the learning needs of others where appropriate.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team or group and take responsibility for their decisions and actions and the decisions and actions of others within well-defined contexts, including the responsibility for using resources where appropriate.

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, articles from trade and other publications, and a list of any awards or commendations received.

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 6 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 deep understanding of the technology used in the broadcast and communications sector. An assessment will be conducted by a body of subject matter experts. For more information please visit the RPL page

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