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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|SAIP - Professional Physicist|
|DESIGNATION ID||DESIGNATION TITLE|
|592||SAIP - Professional Physicist|
|PROFESSIONAL BODY||DESIGNATION STATUS|
|SAIP - South African Institute of Physics||Registered|
|SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|Physics is a basic science that is a basis for all science and technology disciplines. This results in its graduates working in every sector imaginable. Therefore Professional Physicist Designation caters for a wide range of industries and economic sectors. Hence the designation caters for any physicists who graduated with a physics related Degree or has relevant required training and experience working in either; industry, commerce, government, academia, research, theoretical physics, experimental physics, and uses physics skills and thought processes in their job/career.
Professional Physicist proves that one has a level of knowledge and experience that can be relied on by employers. Professional Physicists agree to be bound by a code of conduct that reflects best practice and advance their competence through continuous professional development.
The Professional Physicist will have the following skills:
> Evaluate data critically, drawing logical conclusions.
> Apply a logical approach to problem solving.
> Apply a creative problem-solving approach to physics-related projects.
> Publish in scientific journals to further the understanding of the physics community.
> Promote innovation and technology transfer.
> Supervise undergraduate or postgraduate physics students.
> Design and deliver training programmes.
> Contribute to the public understanding of physics.
> Identify potential projects and opportunities using your physics knowledge.
> Conduct and document appropriate research and design possible solutions.
> Plan and implement solutions.
> Evaluate solutions and make improvements.
> Plan for effective project implementation.
> Make effective use of all resources (such as people, time, finance.
> Physics knowledge) and demonstrate leadership in carrying out tasks.
> Develop the capabilities of people for whom you are responsible, e.g. students, team members, to meet the demands of changing technical and managerial requirements.
> Communicate clearly and effectively with others at all levels, by both oral and written methods.
> Present and discuss concepts, ideas and plans convincingly and objectively with your superiors and others.
> Participate effectively within a team.
> Exert appropriate influence and effective leadership qualities.
|For the Professional Designation to be awarded, professionals must comply with the following minimum requirements:|
|Underlying Registered Qualification or Part Qualification:|
|Experiential Learning or Experience|
|Work experience will be considered physics- related if it uses physics directly, or if it significantly utilizes physics modes of thought such as the approach to problem-solving developed in physics education and/or derived from experience in working as a physicist, regardless of whether the experience is in academia, industry, government, or elsewhere. This includes management of physics-related work, supervision of physics-related post graduate student work, and the teaching of physics. Evaluation of physics-related experience shall be based on the following criteria:
|Designation RPL Statement|
|This Designation may be awarded through Recognition of Prior Learning.|
|In order to ensure the currency of professional knowledge and to retain the Professional Designation, the professional must comply with the following minimum requirements:|
|Code of Conduct|
|Members must adhere to the Professional Body Codes of Conduct and Ethics.|
|Continuing Professional Development (CPD)|
|Please refer to By-laws Chapter 1 section 1.9 (g) Extension of Certification and Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
Professional Physicists shall ensure a balance in their CPD activities between the following three categories:
|Ensure that the annual membership fee is paid.|
|PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION PROGRESSION PATHWAY
(The Designation being reported on here is shown in italics.)
|Sequence||Designation ID||Designation Title|
|1||592||SAIP - Professional Physicist|
|PROFESSIONAL BODY WEB ADDRESS:|
|For more information on this Professional Designation, please visit www.saip.org.za|