Professional Industrial and Physical Science Technologist (Pr.PhysTECH) Registration

Register as Professional Industrial and Physical Science Technologists (Pr.PhysTECH)


Professional Industrial and Physical Science Technologists Designation

The SAIP is inviting graduates with physics based qualifications to register as Professional Industrial and Physical Science Technologists (Pr.PhysTECH).


1.  The short abbreviation of the designation is Pr.PhysTECH

2.   A member registered with SAIP as a Professional Industrial and Physical Science Technologist  can use the letters Pr.PhysTECH after their name e.g.  Musa Khumalo  Pr.PhysTECH




 1. Who can apply

Graduates with physics-based qualifications who apply physics-based scientific-methods, techniques, concepts and principles in research, testing, measurement, monitoring, design, and installation of equipment, products, and processes.  

Pr.PhysTECH will cater for applied physicists, industrial physicists, technicians and technologists working in either;


1.  Research and academic labs in all sub-disciplines of applied physics, industrial physics and physics related technical work, or

2.  Industry and using physics related skills in areas such as Radiation Protection, Vacuum Technology, Instrumentation and Calibration, Non-Destructive Testing, Nuclear Science, Renewable Energy, Laboratory Technicians, etc.


1.1      Education and Experience



Underlying Qualification(s) Title

Underlying Qualification(s) Type

Experiential Learning and Practical Experience Requirements


(Professional Industrial and Physical Science Technologist)


Certificate (NFQ 5)

24 months


Diploma (NFQ 6)

18 Months

BSc /Advanced Diploma

Under Graduate Degree (NFQ 7)

12 Months

BSc (Hon)/ Post Graduate  Diploma

Post Graduate Degree (NFQ8)

6 months

Recognition of Prior Learning

Training and experience which, in the opinion of the Standards Committee, is equivalent to any of the above



2. Justification


Academic qualifications are only the beginning of a career. The need for continuing professional development is widely recognised to be the mechanism by which professionals maintain their knowledge after the formal education process has been completed. Pr.PhysTECH will demonstrate a commitment to maintaining competence, continuing your professional development and abiding by an acceptable code of conduct.  In addition, this professional designation will broaden applied physics footprint of the South African physics community. 


3. Benefits professionals


·  The designation will be a valuable addition to personal credentials.


·  When competing for a job the designation will distinguish one from other applicants with similar          qualifications but no professional designation


4. Benefits for employer


·  Supports the recruitment process many recruiters these days want to know if one has a professional designation

·  Can be used as criteria for promotion, skills, and salary benchmarking


·  Demonstrates someone who possesses this designation believes in professionalism, continuous skills development, belonging to a professional body and acceptable ethical standards


5. Critical Skills Letters


The Pr.PhysTECH is also a professional designation registered with SAQA professional designation ID: 899.  http://pbdesig.saqa.org.za/viewProfessionalBody.php?id=777 Hence members of SAIP registered as Pr.PhysTECH also qualify to request for a critical skills VISA support letter with SAIP.


Applicable Fees

Applicable fees are available here


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