Applications for professional designations will be considered three times a year.   Applicants are required to submit the application form with supporting documentation (as indicated on the application form),  showing they meet the minimum qualification and experience requirements.   Once the applicant has been approved, they will be sent a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) to complete.  This must be completed within 3 (three) months.  If you cannot complete the PoE within the stipulated time period, you may apply in writing to the CPD Director for an extension.

Intakes for professional designations will be March, June and September. 

Deadline dates for applications:

  • September 2017:  25 August 2017

Once the completed PoE has been assessed, you will be notified of the outcome.

What are the minimum qualification and experience requirements?

Certified Office Professional (COP)

  • A SAQA recognized NQF Level 3 Business Administration or Public Administration qualification
  • Two to four years’ practical work experience in an administrative role
  • The successful completion of the portfolio of evidence to determine the level of your skills

Certified Managerial Office Professional (CMOP)

  • A matric certificate or a SAQA recognized NQF Level 4 Business Administration or Public Administration qualification or higher
  • Five to nine years’ practical experience in an administrative role
  • The successful completion of an industry related portfolio of evidence to determine the level of your skills

Certified Office Manager (COM)

  • A SAQA recognized NQF Level 5 Business Administration or Public Administration qualification or higher
  • Ten or more years’ practical experience in an administrative role
  • The successful completion of an industry related portfolio of evidence to determine the level of your skills

What are the costs involved?

If your application is approved and you successfully complete your Portfolio of Evidence (PoE), a professional membership fee of R1800.00 (Excl VAT) for the 2-year cycle becomes due before your designation can be awarded.  This includes professional membership, 2 free workshops per annum, discounts to events that OPSA hosts as well as discounts to other events or products as negotiated with by OPSA.