FAQS HR Candidate Programme

1. What is the purpose of the Candidate Programme?

To develop the skills of HR Candidates as they relate to the 5 core competencies, 5 HR Capabilities and 4 Pillars defined by the National HR Competency Model and to 7 HR Functions as defined by the National HRM System Model. The programme allows Candidates to convert previously obtained theoretical knowledge into activities related to professional practice under the guidance of a registered SABPP supervisor to obtain registration on the SABPP professional ladder.

2. How much does this Candidate Programme cost?

The initial registration with the SABPP costs R3026.32 once-off fee until the programme is completed.

There is a cost for the Ethics workshops which must be attended once a year. This cost is R1050.00 per half day workshop.

There is no charge for the Supervision sessions, whether individual or group.

If the Candidate is not resident within 25 kms of the venue for group supervision sessions, and the employer is not willing to pay travel and/or accommodation costs, the SABPP will refund taxi fares or will make travel and accommodation arrangements for Candidates coming from outside Gauteng.

3. Is there an entry requirement for the Programme?

The programme is mainly for HR Graduates (completed 3 year qualification or above) who just entered into the working space. The candidate must be in possession of an appropriate HR or HR related qualification from a registered institution, must be lacking experience for the defined level of professional registration and be working in an HR department or in a position involving HR or HR support work.

The SABPP committee will evaluate the CV and qualifications before the candidate is accepted into the programme. They may require you to sit a test of basic HR knowledge, just to ensure that you will be able to cope with the development activities.

If, for any reason, you are considered not yet ready to enter the programme, the SABPP will recommend developmental programmes that will be happening during the time.

4. Will I get a choice of Supervisor?

That depends really on the availability of suitable Supervisors. Where possible, we prefer your Supervisor to be an HR practitioner working at the same organisation. If there are sufficient possible Supervisors, bearing in mind the criteria to be an SABPP Candidate Supervisor, then you could be offered a choice.

5. What happens if I am not happy with my supervisor?

We encourage you to tackle this in a mature way – discussing your problems with your Supervisor to see if a solution can be found. If genuine efforts have been made, and you are still not happy, then you can contact the SABPP offices to discuss the problem.

6. What happens if I have an internal supervisor and he/she leaves the organisation?

You will need to contact the SABPP offices immediately. If there is someone else that you would like the SABPP to enrol as your supervisor let us know. Otherwise we will contact the employer and see what arrangements can be made so that your development is not interrupted. You should carry on with your development activities in the meantime.

7. What if I have already been a Candidate with the SABPP for a while. Must I start at the beginning?

Your supervisor will go through the Programme with you and see where you may already have met the requirements on some of the Development Guidelines. You would not then be asked to repeat them.

8. I have already completed an Honours degree so I have in-depth HR knowledge. Must I still go through the Candidate Programme?

The Programme is all about converting your academic knowledge to applied professional knowledge on the job. You will probably have a head start on the Programme because you will be able to complete many of the development activities very quickly, but yes, you still need to go through the Programme.

9. Will I get CPD points for the Candidate Programme?

No, because you are not yet registered on the professional ladder of the SABPP, so you are exempted from the CPD Policy requirements. The Programme itself is all about professional development.

10. What if my employer won’t sign the Employer’s Agreement?

This is very unlikely. We expect employers will be very pleased to see a structured development programme which is designed to enable you to become a competent practitioner in a pretty short period of time.

The SABPP office (Xolani Mawande) is available if necessary to explain the programme further to your employer and obtain their consent.

11. What if my employer won’t release me for supervision sessions?

If the employer has signed an agreement to release you. We expect you to advise your employer in good time of the supervision sessions and request time off in accordance with the agreement.

If there is a specific problem, you can contact the SABPP offices to assist you.

12. What if I cannot attend a Group Supervision session?

We hope this would not occur very often. The sessions will be scheduled well ahead of time, so you will need to make arrangements to be able to attend. The sessions will be important for you in completing the Programme.

13. What do I have to do when I have finished the Candidate Programme?

Your supervisor will do the Final Summative Assessment and then make a recommendation to the SABPP Registration Committee. The Committee will determine what level of registration to grant you. You will then be fully registered on the SABPP professional ladder and can continue to develop your career.

14. Do I get a formal qualification through the Candidate Programme?

No, the Candidate Programme is an in-service training programme. It is based on the HR Competency Model, not on NQF unit standards or qualifications.

15. How much time will it take me to complete the activities?

You will need to treat this as another form of part-time study, so you will need to allocate time at work and after work. It could take up to 20% of your time, depending on how much each activity overlaps with your normal work (the more the activities overlap, the less extra time you will need.

16. What if I cannot complete in the 70 weeks?

We expect that each Candidate will proceed through the Development Guidelines at different rates depending, amongst other factors, on how much theory and practice you had while you were studying before entering the Programme. Therefore, we do not set the 70 weeks as a cut-off time. Your Supervisor will be submitting 6 monthly reports and if, after 120 weeks, the Programme is not finished, the SABPP office will discuss with the Supervisor what might need to happen about your membership of the Programme.

17. What if I get sick, have personal problems or lose my job?

You will need to notify your Supervisor as soon as possible, so that he/she and the SABPP office can keep a record of “time out” agreed between you and the Supervisor. The support structures are there to help you finish the Programme, not to punish you, so use the support available.

18. What if I drop out of the Programme?

If, for whatever reason, you decide not to continue on the Candidate Programme, you can convert your SABPP membership to People Practice Champion and continue to be involved with the activities of the SABPP.

19. What’s in it for me from the Candidate Programme?

This Programme takes you from your qualification to a professional designation. You will have plenty of documented evidence of your competence and range of abilities and you will be able to call on your Supervisor and the SABPP for references as you progress through your career. You will have been exceptionally well prepared for the demanding role that HR practitioners are being called on to fulfil in building and supporting people at work in South Africa.

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