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What is SACE?


The South African Council for Educators was established to uphold the education profession. SACE registers all qualified South African teachers (which means you need a SACE registration number before you can teach). SACE also manages the CPTD system and encourages the development of teachers through the system.

Each teacher will have a Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) developed according to SACE guidelines, which will act as a record of your development journey.

What is CPTD?


Continuing Professional Teacher Development (commonly known as CPTD) is the system that helps teachers grow professionally.

In the same way that professional people (such as doctors or lawyers) are expected to develop their skills and knowledge every year after they have qualified, teachers are now also expected to further develop their professional skills.

The South African Council for Educators (SACE) created the CPTD system for all South African teachers.


What CPTD cycle am I in?


Heads of school, Deputies, Principals, Vice Principals




Remedial and Primary School Teachers


High School and Combined School Teachers

Please note:

ALL Teachers, Deputies, Principals and Vice Principals must achieve at least 150 points every 3 years by participating in various activities, such as doing short courses (online), reading or writing education articles, attending seminars, or mentoring other teachers. These activities can be initiated by the teacher, the school, or externally.

See all current cycles below and make sure you stay up to date!

For Principals, Vice Principals, Primary and Remedial Teachers
The 3 year cycle runs from 2024-2026.

For HODs
The 3 year cycle started in 2024 and the cycle ends at the end of 2026.

For High School and Combined School Teachers
The 3 year cycle started in 2022 and the cycle ends at the end of 2024.

The CPTD cycle resets every 3 years

For details on how to sign up for the online SACE portal, please refer to: OR makes use of our HASSLE FREE SACE SERVICES offerings!

YES, Participation in professional development / CPTD System is mandatory for all teachers. Professional development is part of SACE’s Code of Professional Ethics for educators.All teachers commit themselves to observe the Code. Section 7  of SACE Code of Professional Ethics states that an educator:

“must keep abreast of educational developments”

 SACE expects and encourages all teachers to sign up for the CPTD Management System as it rolls out so that they keep up to date and on their toes professionally!

Educators who refuse to participate in the CPTD Management System OR defy it will be contravening Section 7 of the SACE Code of Professional EthicsThis means Educators could lose their SACE registration and ultimately be unable to teach.

Start participating in the CPTD 3 year cycle

Updating your information regularly on the CPTD Self-Service web portal

Start developing your PDP in terms of Planning, Recording Evidence of Participation in three types of PD Activities and REPORTING Your Participation and PD Points to SACE by May/June and October November.

Start discussions in your phase/ department/site / Forums / cluster meetings / staff rooms / staff meetings / union gathers / professional association meetings about the CPTD MS.

If you would like assistance with ALL OF THE ABOVE then make sure to check out all the HASSLE FREE SACE SERVICES that we offer!


Sign up forms for HODS: HODS SIGN UP FORM

According to SACE, if teachers plan their participation in the three types of professional development activities carefully and wisely.

Teachers will have to earn their Professional Development (PD) points from three types of professional development activities:

Type 1

Teacher initiated activities


Type 2

School initiated activities

Type 3

Externally initiated activities
(SACE endorsed activities)


Type 1 and 2 Activities are not submitted to SACE for endorsement. Teachers are responsible to participate in them and report on them in their Professional Development Portfolios.

Type 3 Activities, on the other hand, go through a quality assurance process with SACE in order to protect teaches against dishonest service providers and poor quality activities.

Teachers are urged to try to strike a balance by earning points from all three types of PD activities over the three year cycle. Points earned are recorded on-line via the Points Schedule / Tables provided by SACE.

A wide range of options are available in all three categories.

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