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SAQA Stamp of Approval

MASA is recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as a professional body for Marketing in South Africa.


Our Designations:

Chartered Marketer South Africa - CMSA  
Marketing Practitioner South Africa - MPSA
Associate Marketer South Africa - AMSA

Government recognition at this level re-affirms the Association’s position as a leading player in the country’s marketing sector, with the endorsement further elevating MASA’s already revered Designations. Critically, such recognition has afforded our designations - CMSA, MPSA, MCSA - further credibility as it may now be benchmarked against other similar professional designations at a national level. 

The SAQA ‘stamp of approval’ is an indicator that these professional designations meet the requirements of the NQF Act.– SAQA

The SAQA website defines a Professional Designation as follows: "A professional designation shall be conferred by a professional body to an individual in the form of a title, status and/or registration number. A professional designation indicates registration of the individual with a professional body, and where relevant, the right to practice in the particular field of expertise governed by the professional body. Retention of the status is dependent upon compliance with the stated requirements of the professional body concerned. A professional designation must be registered separately from a Qualification. A professional designation can be revoked in terms of the rules, legislation and/or international conventions of the recognised professional body with which it is associated. SAQA may deregister a professional designation if the professional body which submitted the designation for registration no longer complies with the SAQA policy and criteria for the recognition of a professional body, and/or the professional designation no longer complies with the SAQA policy and criteria for the registration of a professional designation. A recognised professional body that has its professional designation(s) deregistered or declined for registration on the NQF has the right to appeal to SAQA within a period not exceeding sixty (60) working days. Following the deregistration of a professional designation from the NQF the relevant professional body is required to communicate the deregistration to individuals in possession of the designation."

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is defined as: "The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which formal, non-formal and informal learning are measured, mediated for recognition across different contexts and certified against the requirements for credit, access, inclusion or advancement in the formal education and training system or workplace. (Source: National Policy for the Implementation of RPL: par 30). The aim is to make it possible to obtain formal recognition for knowledge gained throughout life, such as in workplaces and own reading or experiences. The RPL process also entails providing support to a candidate to ensure that knowledge is discovered and displayed in terms of a relevant qualification registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)."