CIPS Southern Africa became one of the first bodies to be appointed as a Development Quality Partner (DQP) by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).
Carin Stoltz-Urban, newly appointed Head of Professional Development and Education, received the two certificates on behalf of CIPS at the Delegation Celebration Ceremony held on 20 July 2011.
CIPS was namely appointed as DQP responsible for the development of Purchasing Officer (OFO 332302) and Supply and Distribution Manager (OFO 132401). This work has already started as part of the pilot projects and it is hoped that these qualifications will be completed and registered on the NQF by February 2012.
Once these qualifications are completed, they will form part of a complete learning pathway for supply chain management on the South African NQF. (CIPS have already completed and registered the Level 5 and Level 8 qualifications on the NQF).
The fact that CIPS took the responsibility for sponsoring the development of these qualifications demonstrates CIPS’s commitment to professionalising the purchasing and supply profession. It is in line with the role of a Professional Body as outlined in the draft Policy and Criteria document issued by SAQA, in that it encourages international leading practice in South Africa and promotes pride in the profession.
The important role that Yolandi Raath-Booyens, outgoing Head: Professional Development and Membership, played in the development of these qualifications and the complete learning pathway, is recognised.