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The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has confirmed that the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh) is the recognised professional body for Occupational Health and Safety Practitioners in South Africa. Saiosh was approved by SAQA as a Professional Body for the purpose of the NQF Act, Act 67 of 2008. Saiosh has three professional registered designations:


SAQA Professional Designations:

• Technical Member - TechSaiosh
• Graduate Member - GradSaiosh
• Chartered Member - CMSaiosh

SAQA minimum underlying qualifications and experience:

• Technical - NQF 5 Certificate (10 credits) plus 2 years experience
• Graduate - NQF 6 National Diploma (360 credits) plus 3 years post graduate experience
• Chartered - OHS qualification at NQF 7 Degree plus minimum 5 years post graduate experience

The SAQA registered designations, on ascending scales, require different levels of qualification. The first level is discussed lower down. The second level requires a Diploma and the third level a Degree. These are SAQA accredited Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) qualifications and generally such levels of qualifications are already known, e.g. National Diploma in Safety Management (NADSAM) and B.Tech Degree in Safety Management.


Which courses qualify for Saiosh Course accreditation:

Only courses that meet the academic criteria for the first and second level of registration, namely Technical Member (TechSaiosh) and Graduate Member (GradSaiosh) qualify for course accreditation. The qualification level for TechSaiosh is pitched at NQF Level 5 with 10 credits (10 day course) and for GradSaiosh it is at NQF 6 or higher. In order for training providers to gain recognition for such courses, Saiosh need to evaluate the course and accredit /recognise it. Saiosh offer this evaluation service for free to its Corporate Members. Training providers that are not Corporate Members will be charged R2500 excl. VAT per accreditation.

  • Persons that successfully completed a TechSaiosh accredited course qualify (subject to also having 2 years practical experience) to be professionally registered by Saiosh as Technical Members (TechSaiosh).
  • Persons that successfully completed a GradSaiosh accredited course qualify (subject to also having 3 years post graduate practical experience) to be professionally registered by Saiosh as Graduate Members (GradSaiosh).


Which courses and events qualify for Saiosh CPD Accreditation:


Shorter OHS courses that does not meet the academic requirements for Saiosh course accreditation e.g. 1 to 5 day courses can be accredited by Saiosh for CPD and awarded with CPD points. Events such as OHS workshops, seminars, conferences and summits can also be CPD accredited. 

  • Saiosh members that successfully completed a Saiosh CPD accredited course / event can claim the number of CPD points online from their membership profile.


Our authority:


Saiosh has been recognised by SAQA as the professional body for Occupational Health and Safety in terms of the NQF Act, Act 67 of 2008. In terms of Section of the SAQA Policy and Criteria for Recognising a Professional Body, Saiosh has to recognise “suitable education and training providers”, this we do by accrediting training courses that meet the academic requirements for professional registration as TechSaiosh and GradSaiosh. We also recognise shorter courses and accredited them for CPD points.


How to get a course or event accredited:

In order for Saiosh to accredit /recognise a course or event we need the following:

  • Course /event title,
  • Modules /topics (outline only),
  • Duration and
  • NQF level and Unit Standard (US) number if registered or aligned with SAQA

The above information with a request for accreditation must be emailed to


Accreditation certificates and logos:.


Once a course or event has been accredited the provider will be issued with a Saiosh accreditation certificate as well as a Saiosh accreditation logo. These can be used as marketing tools and to inform potential students /attendees that the course /event has been accredited by Saiosh.


Use of accreditation logos:


Saiosh logos and trademarks may only be uses as prescribed in the Saiosh Trademark Policy. Download the policy HERE


Marketing Opportunity:


To find out how to market your Saiosh Accredited Course / Event via the Saiosh Marketing Platforms click HERE


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