Registration on the professional levels of the SABPP requires qualifications (either in HR or in other related disciplines), plus appropriate experience and a current position within the HR field. This does not provide for people in the following categories who are interested in registering with the SABPP to gain professional knowledge and support:
With no qualifications at all but working within the HR field
With no current position in the HR field, no HR experience and qualifications either in HR or other disciplines (this might include for example, line managers who want to gain knowledge in people practices or have a keen interest in them, and it might also include HR graduates who cannot find an entry level job in HR).
A separate category is therefore created, outside the professional levels of the SABPP, of People Practices Champion. This will not carry professional status and may not be used as a post-nominal title.
People Practices Champions will help the SABPP to promote ethical and sound people practices across organisations.
Registration on the professional levels remains the preferred option for any person working within the HR field. PPC membership is not intended to provide an alternative to professional registration.
Accordingly, people working in the HR field, but not eligible for professional registration due to lack of qualifications, are encouraged to enrol for formal qualifications in the field, which will enable them to access the professional levels of registration. A PPC who wishes to undertake formal studies is encouraged to change their registration to that of an HR Candidate Professional, and he or she will be allocated a Candidateship Supervisor who will assist them through their study programme.
SABPP PPCs in HR positions will be expected to adhere to the SABPP’s normal professional Code of Conduct.
Complaints against SABPP PPC’s will be handled in terms of the normal process as outlined in the Code of Conduct.
SABPP PPCs in senior line positions will be expected to champion ethics and sound people practices in their organisations and economic sectors. They will be the “HR Voice” among line managers and the “line voice” among HR people to encourage HR-business alignment. A tailored Code of Conduct will apply to SABPP PPCs in line positions. The SABPP has no specific jurisdiction over line manager PPCs and therefore no complaints procedure can be put in place.
A corporate membership option has been created to offer discounts for organizations seeking to register ten (10) or more members of staff (which may include a mix of HR practitioners to be registered on the professional levels and PPC’s). Corporate members will receive the same benefits as individual members, but will also receive at least one personal visit per year by the CEO, or a SABPP board member or mentor to update them on developments in the HR field. In addition, corporate members have automatic seats at board committees and may influence decision-making and projects. However, each individual still needs to complete an individual registration form, but one person inside the company acts as the central coordinator.
Renewal fees are payable annually. Given the size of large companies, and possible budgetary restraints, companies may either pay the fees for their staff members, or subsidise the fees for individuals as part of its retention or employee development strategies. Members, however, have an individual relationship with the SABPP and retain this if and when they move employer