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2.2.2 Certified BCT Practitioner


An individual applying for the Cert BCT Practitioner designation should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of any field aligned to the broadcast or communications sector, as well as a deep understanding in an area of specialisation. They should also be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the business and administration systems related to that specialisation.

For example, an operations manager in a broadcast environment would have a broad understanding of all aspects of broadcast operations and workflows, including origination, broadcasting and archiving. They’d have a comprehensive understanding of most aspects of the origination process, as well as a deep understanding of at least one specialisation.

A camera operator should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the content production process, and an in-depth understanding of the art and craft of cinematography in the film/ video environment.


Use the designatory letters for the Certified Broadcasting Technology Practitioner (Cert BCT Prac) 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:

  • completed 5 years of industry related experience. Individuals working on a freelance basis should demonstrate that they have worked a minimum 105 days in each year.
  • have gained an NQF registered qualification at NQF 5 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. For specialist camera operators, the showreel should demonstrate how lighting, composition and camera movement have been used to achieve a visual objective.

An animators showreel should demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the animation process, including administrative and management systems associated with animation. They should also be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of animation workflows and processes, as well as the creative skills associated with the art and craft of animation.

Extracts 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. You 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 registered 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 5 qualification. The Council will encourage individual’s lacking such a qualification to apply for a professional designation if they can demonstrate at least 10 years’ relevant work experience in the broadcast and communications industry. Their portfolio of evidence should also demonstrate their comprehensive understanding of the technology used in the broadcast and communications sector. An assessment will be conducted by a body of subject matter experts.

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