Who Needs HPCSA Registration and What Are the Requirements for Various Health Workers?

12 groups of health care professionals need HPCSA registration. This registration is a pre-requisite for their professional practice and it is also a legal requirement to keep all personal details up to date at all times. Anyone using the titles outlined below must be registered with the HPCSA. It is a criminal offense for someone to claim that they are registered with the HPCSA when they are not or to use a protected title that they are not entitled to use.

The Various Health Professionals That Need HPCSA Registration

  • Dental Assisting, Dental Therapy, and Oral Hygiene: oral hygienist, dental assistant, and dental therapist.
  • Dietetics and nutrition – dietician, student dietician, supplementary dietician, nutritionist, student nutritionist, and supplementary nutritionist.
  • Emergency Care – Basic Ambulance Assistant, Ambulance Emergency Assistant, Operational Emergency Care Orderly, Emergency Care Assistant, Paramedic, Emergency Care Technician, Emergency Care Practitioner.
  • Environmental Health – Environmental Health Practitioner, Student Environmental Health Practitioner, Food Inspector, Environmental Health Assistant.
  • Medical and Dental (and medical science) – Medical Practitioner, Clinical Associate, Anaesthetist’s Assistant, Health Assistant, Dentist, Genetic Counsellor, Medical Physicist, Medical Biological Scientist, Biomedical Engineer, and Clinical Biochemist.
  • Medical Technology – Medical Laboratory Scientist, Intern Medical Laboratory Scientist, Student Medical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Technologist, Intern Medical Technologist, Student Medical Technologist, Medical Technician, Student Medical Technician, Supplementary Medical Technician, Laboratory Assistant, Student Laboratory Assistant, Supplementary Laboratory Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy, Medical Orthotics, Prosthetics & Arts Therapy – Occupational Therapist, Supplementary Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Technician, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics, Supplementary Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics, Orthopaedic Footwear Technician, Orthopaedic Technical Assistant, Assistant Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics & Leatherworks, Arts Therapist: Drama, Music, Art & Movement
  • Optometry & Dispensing Opticians – Dispensing Optician, Student Dispensing Optician, Supplementary Optical Dispenser, Student Supplementary Optical Dispenser, Supplementary Optometrist, Optometrist, Student Optometrist, Orthoptist.
  • Physiotherapy, Podiatry, and Biokinetics – Physiotherapist, Student Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy Technician, Physiotherapy Assistants, Student Physiotherapy Assistant, Remedial Gymnasts, Supplementary Biokineticist, Supplementary Podiatrist, Supplementary Physiotherapist, Masseur, Podiatrist, Biokineticist, Biokineticist Intern, Student Biokineticist, Student Podiatrist
  • Psychology – Psychologist, Intern Psychologist, Student Psychologist, Registered Counsellor, Psychometrist, Student Psychometrist, Psychotechnician, and Student Registered Counsellor.
  • Radiography & Clinical Technology – Student Radiographer, Radiographer, Supplementary Diagnostic Radiographer, Clinical Technologist, and Encephalographic Technician
  • Speech-Language and Hearing Professions – Speech Therapist, Speech Therapist & Audiologist, Audiologist, Hearing Aid Acoustician, Audiometrician, Supplementary Audiologist, Supplementary Hearing Aid Acoustician, Supplementary Speech Therapy and Audiology, Speech Hearing and Correctionist, Community Speech, and Hearing Worker, Speech Therapy Assistant, and Speech and Hearing Assistant

Requirements For HPCSA Registration

The requirements for HPCSA registration greatly varies and depends on which category you are applying for, There are nine potential categories of HPCSA registration, including Student Intern, Public Service – Community Service, Supervised Practice, Independent Practice, Private Practice, Specialized Practice, and Sub-specialized Practice, as well as your area of practice.

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1. Dental Assisting, Dental Therapy, and Oral Hygiene

Requirements For Registration as a Student – Dental Therapists

A) First Registration as Student (Tt-S)

  • Original duly completed form 53 DOH.
  • A copy of ID document or birth certificate.
  • Registration fee as published on the website (penalty fee is also payable at a rate per

month in respect of each month or part of the month which application is submitted later
than two months after date of registration at University).

b) Re-Registration after Interruption of Studies for One Year or More

  • Original certificate of registration as a student.
  • Certificate of resumption of study issued by University.
  • Re-registration fee as published on the website

C) Re-Registration After Interruption Of Studies For Less Than A Year

• Certificate issued by Training Institution with an indication of enrolment and year of study.

Requirements For Registration Of Dental Therapists (TT)

A) SA Qualification

  • Original form 23 duly completed by applicant and training institution
  • OR Form 24 duly complete
  • Original Degree in Dental Therapy or a copy certified by a Notary Public.
  • A copy of an ID document or birth certificate.
  • Registration fee plus pro-rata annual fee as published on the website
  • A copy of the registration certificate with the HPCSA.
  • Registered in the category: Supervised Practice.

b) Application To Enter Into Private Practice

• Must have been in Supervised Practice for more than a year;
• Original form 189 to be submitted to Board for approval;

c) Foreign Applications

  • Form 176
  • Examination fee as published on the website
  • Original or Notarised copy of SAQA evaluation report;
  • Proof of successful completion of the final examination for dental therapists at an accredited training institution in South Africa;
  • A letter of endorsement in support of the Foreign Workforce Management Program (FWMP) of the National Department of Health. (Applications may be directed to; The Program Manager, FWMP, CIVITAS Building / National Department of Health, PrivateBag x 2828, Pretoria (applicable only to non-South African citizens)
  • A copy of your qualification certificates duly certified by a NOTARY PUBLIC
  • A copy of a valid passport or identity document as proof of current citizenship duly certified by a notary public
  • Proof of payment of the relevant registration fee plus pro-rata annual fee as published

Requirements for Registration of Student Dental Assistant

  • Must register with the HPCSA within 4 months of registering with the accredited university
  • Original duly completed form 53 DOH by the student and the university;
  • Copy of Identity document.
  • Registration fee as published on the website (penalty fee is also payable at a rate per
    month in respect of each month or part of the month which application is submitted later than four months after the date of registration at University).

Requirements for Registration of Dental Assistants

  • Original duly completed form 24 DA and notarized copy of qualification or;
  • Original duly completed form 23 DOH
  • Copy of marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Registration fee plus pro-rata annual fee as published on the website

Requirements for Registration of Student – Oral Hygienist (OH-S)

  • Must register with four months of registering with an accredited university in South Africa;
  • Original duly completed form 53 DOH.
  • Clear copy of ID document.
  • Registration fee as published on the website (penalty fee is also payable at a rate per month in respect of each month or part of the month which application is submitted later than four months after the date of registration at University).

Requirements for Registration as an Oral Hygienist (OH)

  • Original form 23 duly completed by the applicant and the university or;
  • Original form 24, duly completed;
  • original qualification certificate or a copy certified by a Notary Public.
  • A copy of an ID document with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee plus pro-rata annual fee as published on the website.
  • A copy of the registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
  • Registered in the category: Supervised Practice

Requirements for Registration as an Oral Hygienist (Expanded Function)

  • Original form 23 duly completed by the applicant and the university or;
  • Original Form 24 and;
  • Original qualification certificate or a copy certified by a Notary Public
  • Form 19 duly completed.
  • A copy of an ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee plus pro-rata annual fee as published on the website
  • Registered in the category: Supervised Practice/ or Supervised (Expanded Function).

Requirements for Registration in the Category Independent Practice

  • Supervised Practice for more than a year:
  • Original form 189 A;
  • Must have obtained a first aid level 3 certificate from a training institution approved by SAQA and that all the Health and Welfare SETA. First Aid Level 3 be accepted.
  • A registered Oral Hygienist may only practice independently, his or her profession: After serving a period of at least one year under control and supervision of a registered dentist, dental therapist, or another oral hygienist, and with approval of the board;
  • The supervisor has to be registered with the HPCSA for at least one (1) year in the category of independent practice (uninterrupted).
  • After obtaining any of the qualifications in Oral Hygiene approved by the Board, and if
    obtained prior to 2001, must have also obtained a further qualification in expanded clinical functions in Oral Hygiene offered by any of the examining authorities approved by the board;
  • After successfully completing First Aid Level 3 training at a training institution
    approved by any SAQA and that all the Health and Welfare SETA. First Aid Level 3
    be accepted;
  • An original certificate issued by a recognized provider of first aid level 3 has to be submitted together with the application form.
  • An original form 189 A bearing the official stamp of the employer/supervisor is
    acceptable for registration.

Requirements for Registration as Foreign Qualified

  • Form 176
  • Original or Notarised copy of SAQA evaluation report;
    • proof of successful completion of the final examination for dental therapists at an accredited training institution in South Africa;
  • A letter of endorsement in support of the Foreign Workforce Management Program (FWMP) of the National Department of Health. Applications may be directed to: The Program Manager, FWMP, CIVITAS Building / National Department of Health, Private Bag x 2828, Pretoria (applicable only to non-South African citizens).
  • A copy of your qualification certificates duly certified by a NOTARY PUBLIC
  • A copy of a valid passport or identity document as proof of current citizenship duly certified by a notary public.
  • Proof of payment of the registration fee plus pro-rata annual fee as published on the website.

2.  Dietetics and Nutrition

Registration as a Student in Dietetics

  • Form 5
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated on the form

Registration as a Student Nutritionist

  • Form 53
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated on the form

Registration as a Dietitian

(a) SA Qualifications – Community Service

  • Form 23 Com Service
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Original or certified letter of employment from the Department of Health for Com Service
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • Category of registration: Public Service (Community Service)
  • A copy of your registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa

(b) SA Qualifications – Independent Practice

  • Form 23 Independent Practice
  • The original letter or a certified copy of the completion of community service, indicating the exact date
  • Category of registration: Independent Practice

Registration as a Nutritionist SA Qualifications – Independent Practice

  • Form 24 Independent Practice
  • Category of registration: Independent Practice

Registration as a Foreign Qualified Dietitians /Nutritionist

  • Dietitians: Foreign Qualifications (Form 176 DT)
  • Nutritionist: Foreign Qualification (Form 176 NT, Form 176 NT A)
  • Guidelines to Apply to the Foreign Workforce Management Programme (Form 176 DOH FWMP)
  • All foreign qualified Dietitians and Nutritionists are required to sit for an entrance examination in order to determine their registerability (refer to Committee Co-ordinator).
  • All foreign qualified Nutritionists are required to complete both forms (Form 176 NT and Form 176 NT A).
  • Applicants are reminded to update their contact details regularly with HPCSA. It is against the law not to update the information.

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3. Emergency Care

Basic Ambulance Assistants (BAA)

No student registration is required.

SA Qualifications

  • Form 23 EMB duly completed by applicant and training institution, OR
  • Form 24 EMB duly completed with original qualification certificate or a copy certified by an Attorney in his/her capacity as a Notary Public bearing the official stamp
  • Copy of ID document with a clear photograph or birth certificate
  • Original Matric certificate or a copy certified by an Attorney in his/her capacity as a Notary Public bearing the official stamp
  • Registration fee and pro-rata annual fee
  • Registered in the category: Supervised Practice Ambulance

Emergency Assistants (ANA)

Student registration is required.

SA Qualifications

  • If the client was first registered as BAA, the BAA registration must be in order (annual fee must be paid up to date before processing ANA registration)
  • Form 23 EMB duly completed by applicant or training institution, with original qualification certificate or a copy certified by Notary Public
  • Certified copy of ID document with a clear photograph or Birth Certificate
  • Registration fee and pro-rata annual fee
  • Registered in the category: Independent Practice
  • BAA registration should be deactivated

Operational Emergency Orderly (OECO)

No student registration required

a) SA Qualifications

  • Form 23 EMB or 24, duly completed by applicant or training institution, with original qualification certificate or a copy certified by Notary Public
  • Original qualification or a copy certified by Notary Public
  • Certified copy of ID document with a clear photograph or Birth Certificate
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • Registered in the category: Independent Practice

b) Non- SA Qualifications

  • Non- Citizens with foreign qualifications have to complete Form 315 and submit it together with all the relevant documents specified in the application form to the board for consideration.
  • SA Citizens with foreign qualifications have to complete Form 315A and submit it together with all the relevant documents specified in the application form to the board for consideration. Paramedic (ANT) SA Qualification
  • If a client was registered first as ANA, the ANA registration must be in order (annual fee must be paid up to date before processing the ANT registration)
  • Form 23 EMB duly completed by applicant or training institution/Technikon, with original qualification certificate or a copy certified by Notary Public
  • Certified copy of ID document with a clear photograph or Birth Certificate
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • ANA dual category should be deactivated

Student in Emergency Care (ANT- S)

  •  Form 53 ANT-S
  •  Certified copy of ID document with a clear photograph or Birth Certificate
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form Emergency Care Technician (ECT) SA Qualification
  • If a client was registered first as ANA, the ANA registration must be in order (annual fee must be paid up to date before processing the ANT registration)
  • Form 23 EMB duly completed by applicant or training institution/Technikon, with original qualification certificate or a copy certified by Notary Public
  • Certified copy of ID document with a clear photograph or Birth Certificate
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • ANA dual category should be deactivated

Student Emergency Care Technician (ECTS)

  • Form 53 Student
  • Certified copy of ID document with a clear photograph or Birth Certificate
  • Student registration fee

Emergency Care Practitioners (ECP)

SA Qualification
  • If a client was registered first as ANA, the ANA registration must be in order (annual fee must be paid up to date before processing the ANT registration)
  • Form 23 EMB duly completed by applicant or training institution/Technikon, with original qualification certificate or a copy certified by Notary Public
  • Certified copy of ID document with a clear photograph or Birth Certificate
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • ANA dual category should be deactivated

Student Emergency Care Practitioners (ECPS)

  • Form 53 Student
  • Certified copy of ID document with a clear photograph or Birth Certificate
  • Student registration fee

4. Environmental Health

Registration of Student Environmental Health Practitioners

  • Form 53
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Registration as Environmental Health Practitioners

a) SA Qualification (HI) (Community Service)

  • Original form 23 Community Service, duly completed by applicant and University
  • A copy of an ID document
  • Applicable registration fee plus pro-rata annual fee
  • A copy of the registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa

b) Independent Practice

• Form 27 Comm Serv Completed

C) Foreign Qualified Practitioners

  • Form 176 DOH FWMP
  • Form 176
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  • Registration of Additional Qualifications
  • Form 19 and original certificate or a copy certified by a Notary Public
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • Registration as Environmental Assistant
  • Form 176 for EHP Assistants

5. Medical and Dental (and Medical Science) 

Requirements for Registration as an Intern Genetic Counselor

  • Original duly completed form 26 GCIN
  • Original / Notary Public copy of MSc Hons or proof of registration for BSc Hons.
  • Registration fee as published on the website.
  • A copy of an ID document.
  • Copy of marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • The application must be submitted to the Committee Coordinator for Medical Scientists.

Requirements for Registration as a Genetic Counselor

  • Original duly completed form 24 GC and Form 36 GC
  • Original / Notary Public copy of BSc Hons.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae.
  • Proof of two years of internship training.
  • Registration fee plus pro-rata annual fee as published on the website.
  • A copy of an ID document
  • Copy of marriage certificate (if applicable).
  • The application must be submitted to the Committee Coordinator for Medical Scientists.

Requirements for Registration as an Intern Biological Scientist

  • Original duly completed form 26 MSIN
  • Original / Notary Public copy of MSc Hons or proof of registration for BSc Hons
  • Registration fee as published on the website
  • A copy of an ID document for first-time registration.
  • Copy of marriage certificate (if applicable).
  • The application must be submitted to the Committee for Medical Scientists.

Requirements for Registration as a Medical Biological Scientist

  • Original duly completed form 36 MS and Form 24 MS
  • Original / Notary Public copy of BSc Hons.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of two years internship training (Form 36 MS duly completed)
  • Registration fee plus pro-rata annual fee as published on the website
  • A copy of an ID document
  • Copy of marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • The application must be submitted to Committee for Medical Scientists.

Requirements for Registration as an Intern Medical Physicist

  • Original duly completed form 26 PHIN
  • Original / Notary Public copy of BSc Hons or proof of registration for BSc Hon
  • Registration fee as published on the website
  • A copy of an ID document
  • Copy of marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • The application must be submitted to the Committee Coordinator for Medical Scientists

Requirements for Registration as a Medical Physicist

  • Original duly completed form 24 PH and Form 36 PH
  • Original / Notary public copy of BSc Hons or equivalent thereof
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Registration fee plus pro-rata annual fee as published on the website
  • Copy of Identity document
  • Copy of registration certificate as an intern
  • Copy of marriage certificate (if applicable)

Requirements for Student Registration (Clinical Associate)

  • Must register within two months of registering with an accredited university in South Africa;
  • Original duly completed application form 53MDB;
  • Clear copy of ID;
  • Registration fee as published on the website (penalty fee is also payable at a rate per month in respect of each month or part of the month which application is submitted later than two months after the date of registration at University).

Requirements for Registration as a Clinical Associate

  • Original duly completed form 23 or notarized copy of degree certificate together with
  • Original duly completed form 24;
  • Copy of marriage certificate should you wish to register in your marriage surname;
  • Registration fee of R plus pro-rata annual fee.
  • Register in the category Supervised Practice.

Requirements for Registration as a Student in Medicine

  • The student should apply within 2 months of registration with the University in South Africa;
  • Duly completed original form 53 MDB (no alteration on section C of the form);
  • A clear copy of ID document;
  • Registration fee as published on the website (penalty fee as published on the website and charged per month in respect of each month or part of the month which application is submitted later than two months after the date of registration at University).

Requirements for Registration as a Visiting / Elective Student

  • Original form 8MDB (section A and C)
  • Form to be completed by the training institution overseas and a South African University.
  • The application must be submitted via the University in South Africa.
  • Registration fee as published on the website

Requirements for Registration as a Student Intern

  • Must be registered as a medical student – if not must first be registered as a medical student (pay registration fee and penalty fee).
  • Duly completed original form 39 (no alteration on section C of the form);
  • Copy of MP-S registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
  • Registration fee as published on the website.

Requirements for Registration as an Intern (South African Qualified)

  • Must be registered as a student intern (only pay registration fee and no penalty fee).
  • Duly completed original form 23 MDB (no alteration on section C of the form);
  • A copy of IN-S registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa;
  • Registration fee as published on the website;
  • Intern logbook fee of R100.00 and re-issue of a lost logbook is R150.00;
  • A pro-rata annual fee as outlined on the website

Requirements for Registration as a Medical Practitioner in the
Category: Public Service – Community Service – SA Qualified

  • Duly completed original form 11 A
  • Duly completed original form 10A (completion of 24 months internship training)
  • Duly completed and signed off logbook;
  • A copy of an ID document.
  • Registration fee plus pro-rata annual fee as published on the website.

Documentation Required For Registration in the Category Independent Practice – General Practitioner (SA Qualified)

  • The application may be emailed OR faxed to the HPCSA;
  • Combined Form 27 Com Serve duly completed by the applicant and the clinical manager / Medical Superintendent bearing the official stamp of the institution;
  • Otherwise, Form 23 and a copy of the report of completed Community Service signed by Clinical Manager / Medical Superintendent indicating the exact dates of community service and bearing the official stamp of the institution.
  • No registration fee is required, only an annual fee must be paid and such an annual fee is published on the website.

Requirements for Registration as a Student Dentistry

  •  Should register with the HPCSA within 2 months of registering with the university in South Africa;
  • Original duly completed form 53.
  • A copy of an ID document.
  • Registration fee as published on the website (penalty fee published on the website and charged as a rate per month in respect of each month or part of the month which application is submitted later than two months after the date of registration at University).

Requirements to Register as a Dental Practitioner to Perform Community Service (SA)

  • Must be registered as a dental student. If not he/she must first register as a student and pay the penalty fee.
  • Original duly completed Form 14A.
  • A copy of the DP-S registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South
    Africa.
  • Registration fee plus a pro-rata annual fee.

Requirements to Register In Independent Practice – Dental Practitioner (SA)

  •  The application may be emailed OR faxed to the HPCSA;
  • Combined Form 27 Com Serve duly completed the applicant and the clinical manager/Medical Superintendent bearing the official stamp of the institution;
  • Otherwise, Form 23 and a copy of the report of completed Community Service signed by Clinical Manager / Medical Superintendent indicating the exact dates of community service and bearing the official stamp of the institution.
  • No registration fee is required, only an annual fee must be paid.

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6. Medical Technology

Registration of Student Medical Technology

  •  Form 53
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Registration as Medical Technologists

a) Independent Practice

  • Form 24 MT Independent Practice, duly completed

b) Registration of Foreign Qualified Medical Technologists

  • Form 176 for registration of foreign qualified

c) Registration of Additional Qualifications

  • Form 19 and original certificate or a copy certified by a Notary Public
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Requirements for Approval to Conduct Private Practice

  • Procedures for approval to conduct private practice Form 133
  • All applications for approval to conduct a private practice have to be considered by the Professional Board.
  • In order to comply with the requirements, an applicant has to provide proof of at least two (2) years post-registration experience in the particular category of registration.
  • The following documentation must be submitted in support of an application for approval to conduct a private practice.
  • An original letter from the employer confirming that the person has at least two (2) years post-registration experience in medical technology in the particular category.
  • An amount of R314.00 for a Certified Extract certificate from the register for purposes of registration of a practice number at the Board of Healthcare Funders of South Africa.
  • Proof of payment of an annual fee
  • Proof of compliance to CPD requirements (60 CEU’s)
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7. Occupational Therapy, Medical Orthotics, Prosthetics & Arts Therapy

Registration as Student (Occupational Therapy)

a) First Registration as a Student

  • Form 53 duly completed by applicant and university.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee, as reflected in the form
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b) Re-registration after Interruption of Studies for One Year or More

  • Form 53, duly completed with an indication that the applicant applies for re-registration.
  • Certificate of resumption of study issued by University
  • Registration fee, as reflected in the form

Registration of Occupational Therapist (OT)

a.) SA Qualifications (Community Service) (South African citizens only)

  • Registration as a student with the HPCSA
  • Form 23 Comm Service.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with a pro-rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category: Public Service: Community Service.

b.) Independent Practice (South African Citizens Only)

  •  Registration in the category: Public service: Community service.
  • Form 23
  • Form 27 Comm Serv completed.

c.) Foreign Qualified Practitioners

  • Form 176 (documentation to be submitted including certificate of status clearly outlined).
  • Form 176 Application ( Guidelines: DoH Foreign Workforce Management Programme)

d.) Independent Practice (Foreign qualified non-South African citizens)

  • Registration as an occupational therapist in public service as outlined above.
  • Submission of proof of permanent residence status or citizenship in South Afric
  • Letter of endorsement by the Foreign Workforce Management Programme of the National Department of Health pertaining to employment (as part of the updating of register of foreign citizens maintained by the Departments of Health and Home Affairs).
  • Completion of a recognized South African qualification by a foreign citizen does not entitle such a person to register in independent practice. Such applicants are required to first apply as per the procedure outlined above for registration in public service.

Registration of Occupational Therapist-Assistant (OTB)

  • Form 23, duly completed, together with a certificate reflecting full details regarding the education and training, issued and signed by the Head of the educational or training institution and his or her deputy; OR
  • Form 24, duly completed, together with a certificate reflecting full details regarding the education and training, issued and signed by the Head of the educational or training institution and his or her deputy.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with a pro-rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category Public Service: Supervised Practice.
    Registration of Occupational Therapist Technician (OTT)
  • Form 23, duly completed, together with a certificate reflecting one-year practical experience and 50 hours training provided by training institution, issued and signed by the Head of the educational or training institution and his or her deputy; OR
  • Form 24, duly completed, together with a certificate reflecting one-year practical experience and 50 hours of training provided by training institution, issued and signed by the Head of the educational or training institution and his or her deputy.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with a pro-rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category Public Service: Supervised Practice.

Registration for Arts Therapist

a.) SA Qualification (South African Citizens Only)

  • Registration as a student with the HPCSA.
  • Form 23, duly completed; Or
  • Form 24, duly completed, together with a copy of the original Master’s degree, certified by an attorney in his or her capacity as Notary Public and bearing the official stamp.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with a pro-rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category: Independent Practice

b). Foreign Qualified Practitioners

  • Form 176 (Documentation to be submitted including certificate of status outlined
  • Registration as an art therapist in public service as outlined above
  • Submission of proof of permanent residence status or citizenship in South Africa issued in terms of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No.13 of 2002)
  • Letter of endorsement by the Foreign Workforce Management Programme of the National Department of Health pertaining to employment (As part of updating of register of foreign citizens maintained by the Departments of Health and Home Affairs).
  • Completion of a recognized South African qualification by a foreign citizen does not entitle such a person to register in independent practice. Such applicants are required to first apply as per the procedure outlined above for registration in public service

Registration of Student-Medical Orthotists and Prosthetists (OS-S)

a.) First Registration as a Student

  • Form 53 duly completed by applicant and university.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

b.) Re-registration after Interruption of Studies for One Year or More

  • Form 53, duly completed, with an indication that the applicant applies for re-registration.
  • Certificate of resumption of study

c.) Registration as an Intern Medical Orthotist and Prosthetist (with effect from 1 January 2010)

  • Registration as a student with the HPCSA.
  • Form 26 OSIN, duly completed together with documentation as outlined.
  • Form 26 A OS, duly completed
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated.
  • Applicants are registered in the category: Intern Medical Orthotist and Prosthetist.
  • Form 160 OS – Guidelines for Internships in Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics issued by University.
  • Registration fee, as reflected in the form

Registration as Medical Orthotist/Prosthetist (OS)

a.) SA Qualification (South African Citizens Only)

  • Registration as a student with the HPCSA.
  • Form 23, duly completed; OR
  • Form 24, duly completed, together with a copy of the Honours Degree certificate, certified by a Notary Public and bearing the official stamp;
  • Form 27 OS, duly completed.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with a pro-rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category: Independent Practice.

b.) Foreign Qualified Practitioner

  • Form 176 (Documentation to be submitted including certificate of status clearly outlined).

c.) Independent Practice (Foreign Qualified Non-South African Citizens)

  • Registration as a medical orthotic and prosthetist in public service as outlined above.
  • Submission of proof of permanent residence status or citizenship in South Africa issued in terms of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No.13 of 2002)
  • Letter of endorsement by the Foreign Workforce Management Programme of the National Department of Health pertaining to employment (As part of updating of register of foreign citizens maintained by the Departments of Health and Home Affairs).
  • Completion of a recognized South African qualification by a foreign citizen does not entitle such a person to register in independent practice. Such applicants are required to first apply as per the procedure outlined above for registration in public service.

Registration of Orthopaedic Footwear Technicians (OB)

  • No student registration required
  • Form 24, duly completed
  • Form 27 OB/OSA duly completed
  • A certificate confirming completion of three years’ practical training, issued and signed by the Head of the educational or training institution and his or her deputy.
  • Letter confirming that practitioner passed Board examination
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with a pro-rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category Public Service: Supervised Practice

Registration of Orthopaedic Technician Assistant (OSA)

  • Form 24, duly completed
  • Form 27 OB/OSA, duly completed.
  • A certificate confirming completion of two years’ practical training, issued and signed by the Head of the educational or training institution and his or her deputy. The certificate should include a formal report highlighting the practical skills obtained.
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph.
  • Registration fee as indicated together with a pro-rata annual fee.
  • Applicants are registered in the category Public Service: Supervised Practice.

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8. Optometry & Dispensing Opticians

Registration of Student Optical Dispenser

  • Form 53
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Registration of Optical Dispenser

  • Form 23
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • Registration in the category: Independent Practice

Registration of Student Optometrist

a.) First registration as Student Optometrist (OP-S)

  • Form 53
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

b.)  Re-registration after Interruption of Studies for One Year or More

  • Original certificate of registration as a student
  • Certificate of resumption of study issued by University
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Registration of Optometrists (OP)

a.) SA Qualification

  • Form 23 or Form 24 and original Degree Certificate or a copy certified by a Notary Public
  • Certified copy of ID document with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • Register in the category: Independent Practice

b.) Foreign Qualifications

  • Form 176

9. Physiotherapy, Podiatry, and Biokinetics

Registration of Student–Physiotherapists (PT-S)

a.) First registration as a Student

  • Form 53 duly completed
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

b.) Re-registration after Interruption of Studies for One Year or More

  • Original certificate of registration as a student
  • Certificate of resumption of study issued by University
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

c.) Re-registration after Interruption of Studies for Less than One Year

  • Form 41
  • Certificate of resumption of study issued by University.

Registration of Physiotherapists SA Qualifications

a.) Community Service

  • Form 23 (Community Service)
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • A copy of your registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
  • Register in the category: Public Service: Community Service.

b.) Independent Practice

  • Form 23
  • Copy of letter from the institution confirming completion of 12 months Community Service.

Physiotherapy – Assistants (PTA)

  • Forms 23 / 24
  • Certificate from the educational institution (approved by Board Manager)
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • Register in the category: Supervised Practice

Physiotherapy Assistant Students (PTA-S)

  • Form 53
  • Certified copy of ID document
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Registration of Student–Podiatrists

a.) First Registration as Student

  • Form 53 duly completed
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated

b.) Re-registration after Interruption of Studies for One Year or More

  • • Original certificate of registration as a student.
  • Certificate issued by Technikon indicating date of enrolment and year of study
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

c.) Re-registration after interruption of studies for less than one year

• Certificate issued by Technikon indicating date of enrolment and year of study.

Registration of Podiatrists

a.) SA Qualification

  • Form 23 or 24 and original National Diploma or a copy certified by a Notary Public
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • A copy of your registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa
  • Register in the category: Independent Practice

b.) Foreign Qualifications

  • Form 176 (refer to Board Manager for submission of the application to the Professional Board)
  • Form 24
  • Original qualification or a copy certified by a Notary Public
  • Detailed information on the nature and content of the education and training, issued by the institution
  • Certificate of Status, issued by a foreign registration authority

Registration as Student Biokineticist

  • Form 87
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Registration as Biokineticist

  • Form 23 or 24 and original Honors Degree certificate or a copy certified by a Notary Public
  • Internship recommendation completed by SA Association for Biokinetics
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Register in the category: Independent Practice
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Registration as an Intern Biokineticist

  •  Form 87 BKS
  • Certified copy of ID document
  • Letter from the training institution (Biokinetic Practice) confirming training of a minimum period of one year.
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Foreign Registration

  • All foreign qualified Biokinetics are required to sit an entry examination presented by the SA Association for Biokinetics.
  • Refer to Board Manager for submission of the application to the Professional Board

Registration of Biokineticist Student Interns

  •  These applicants are only registering in their fourth year of internship with the Council and the Association.
  • The application form must be duly completed and returned to Council with the registration fee, as indicated in the form (no penalties), and returned to Council with a certified copy of ID, Notarised copy of Honours degree, and form 170 duly completed for the Internship.

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10. Psychology 

Requirements Required for Registration of Student Psychologist (PS S)

  • Must register within four months of starting the M1 program with the university.
  • Original Form 53 PSS duly completed.
  • A clear copy of an ID document.
  • Proof of registration from University as M1 student, indicating the category of registration and date of enrollment.
  • Notarized copy of Honours Degree or Form 23 duly completed by University.
  • Academic record for Honours (only if Psychology is not stated as the field of study on Honours Degree or Form 23).
  • The prescribed registration fees as published on the website.

Requirements for Registration as an Intern Psychologist (PSIN)

  • An original Honours Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • An official letter from the university confirming that the applicant has successfully passed an examination at the end of the first year of his/her Master’s study.
  • A copy of the Master’s degree certificate (where applicable certified as in 1 above) or Form 23, duly completed.
  • An original academic record, issued by the University where the applicant’s degree was obtained.
  • The prescribed registration fees as published on the website.
  • A clear copy of an identity document.
  • A copy of the applicant’s marriage certificate (if applicable).
  • A copy of the certificate as a student with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
  • A detailed internship program
  • A letter from the supervising senior psychologist, registered in the same category, wherein it is confirmed that he/she would be willing to act as a supervisor for the duration of the internship.
  • A letter from the training institution consenting to accommodate the candidate as an intern for the duration of the internship.
  • A letter from the supervisor of the Department of Psychology of the University agreeing to act as such for the duration of the internship.

Requirements for Registration as Psychologist (PS)

  • Original Form 24 PS and Form 27 PSY duly completed.
  • The academic record of Master’s degree (if Psychology is not stated as the field of study on original Master’s Degree or Form 23).
  • Notarized copy of Masters Degree or Form 23 duly completed by University.
  • The prescribed registration and pro-rata annual fees.
  • Form 27 should be verified from Form 77 for the approved internship program and no alteration may be accepted.

Requirements for Registration of Student Psychometrist (PMTS)

  • Must register within four months of registering with an accredited university in South Africa.
  • Original Form 53 duly completed.
  • A clear copy of an ID document.
  • The prescribed registration fees as published on the website

Requirements for Registration as a Psychometrist (PMT)

  • Original Form 24 PMT duly completed or Form 23.
  • A clear copy of an ID document.
  • The academic record of the B Psych or B Psych Equivalent Degree.
  • A copy of B Psych or B Psych Equivalent Degree certified by a Notary Public.
  • The prescribed registration and pro-rata annual fees as published on the website.
  • A letter confirming that the candidate has passed the Board Examination.

Requirements For Registration of Student Registered Counsellors (SRC)

  • Must register within four months of registering with an accredited university in South Africa.
  • Original duly completed Form 53
  • A clear copy of an ID document
  • The prescribed registration fees as published on the website

Requirements for Registration as Registered Counsellors (PRC)

  • Form 24 RC duly completed
  • A letter confirming that the candidate has passed the Board Examination.
  • Copy of the 4 -year Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or B Psych Equivalent certified by a Notary Public attorney, bearing the official stamp OR
  • Form 23 duly completed (only if the degree has not been conferred)
  • Original academic record (a copy will only be accepted if certified by a Notary Public attorney, bearing the official stamp);
  • The prescribed registration and pro-rata annual fees as published on the website.

11. Radiography & Clinical Technology

Registration of Student Radiographers (DR-S)

  • Form 53 duly completed
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Re-registration after Interruption of Studies for One Year or More

  • Certificate issued by University confirming resumption of study
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Registration of Radiographers (DR) SA Qualification

  • Form 23
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • A copy of your registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Registration of Radiographers (DR ) Foreign Qualification

  • Form 177
  • Refer applicant to Board Manager for submission of the application to the Professional Board

Registration of Studentndash Supplementary Diagnostic Radiographers (SDR-S)

  • Form 53 duly completed
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • Registration of Supplementary Diagnostic Radiographers (SDR)

Registration of Student-Clinical Technologists (KT-S)

  • Form 53 duly completed
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Registration of Clinical Technologists (KT)

  • Form 23 or 24 KT and original National Diploma in Clinical Technology or a copy thereof certified by a Notary Public
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • Category of registration: Independent Practice: Critical Care, Pulmonology, etc.
  • A copy of your registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
  • Note – Clinical Technologist can only register in private practice after obtaining a B-Tech degree and registering it against his/her name as an additional qualification

Registration of Graduate Clinical Technologists (KT-G)

  • Form 23
  • Original BTech Degree in Clinical Technology or a copy thereof certified by a Notary Public
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • Category of registration: Private Practice: Critical Care, Pulmonology, etc.

Registration of Student–Electro-Encephalographic Technicians (EE-S)

  • Form 53
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Registration of Electro-Encephalographic Technicians (EE)

  • Form 24
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Documentary evidence issued by the Board Manager, that the applicant was successful in the examination
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • Category of registration: Supervised Practice: Critical Care Pulmonology etc.

Foreign Qualifications

  • Form 177

12. Speech, Language, and Hearing Professions

Requirements for Registration of Student – Speech Therapist and Audiologists

a.) First registration as Student

  • Must register with four months of registering with an accredited university in South Africa;
  • Original duly completed form 53
  • Clear copy of ID document
  • Registration fee: R186.00 (penalty fee of R85.00 per month in respect of each month or part of the month which application is submitted later than four months after the date of registration at University).

b.) Re-registration after Interruption of Studies for Year or More

  • Original certificate of registration as a student
  • Certificate of resumption of study issued by University
  • Registration fee: R10

C.) Re-registration after Interruption of Studies for Less Than One Year

  • Certificate of resumption of studies issued by the University

Registration of Speech Therapists and Audiologists

a.) First Registration as Student

  • Form 53 duly completed
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

b.) Re-registration after Interruption of Studies for a Year or More

  • Original certificate of registration as a student
  • Certificate of resumption of study issued by University
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

c.) Re-registration after Interruption of Studies for Less Than One Year

  • Certificate of resumption of studies, issued by the University

Registration of Speech Therapists and Audiologists SA Qualifications

  • Original Form 23 Community Service duly completed
  • Copy of ID document or passport
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • Registration fee: R560.00 plus a pro-rata annual fee
  • A copy of your registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa

Registration of Speech Therapists and Audiologists Foreign Qualifications

  • All foreign qualified Speech Therapists are required to sit for an entrance examination in order to determine their registrability (Refer to Board Manager of the Professional Board)
  • Original qualification or a copy certified by a Notary Public
  • Copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • SAQA evaluation
  • Registration fee: R560.00 plus a pro-rata annual fee
  • Recent original Certificate of Good Status issued by a regulatory authority

Foreign Registration

  • Guidelines for registration (Form 176 SLH)
  • Application Form (Form 176 DoH)
  • Compliance checklist

Requirements for Registration of Speech and Hearing Community Workers

  • Original Diploma in Speech and Hearing Therapy (Community work), University of the Witwatersrand or a copy certified by a Notary Public Attorney
  • Copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • A copy of your registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa

Registration of Audiometritians (AU)

  • Form 23 / 24
  • Original qualification or a copy thereof certified by a Notary Public
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: R560.00 plus pro-rata annual fee
  • A copy of your registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa

Registration of Speech and Hearing Correctionists

  • Form 23 / 24
  • Original Diploma in Remedial Education (Speech and Hearing-impaired), University of Cape Town, or a copy certified by a Notary Public
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form
  • A copy of your registration certificate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa

Registration of Hearing Aid Acousticians (GAK)

  • Form 23 / 24
  • Original Diploma in Hearing Aid Acousticians – from the University of Pretoria or a copy certified by a Notary public
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph
  • Registration fee: as indicated in the form

Registration of Speech Therapists and Audiologists

Note – The Professional Board for Speech Therapy and Audiology resolved that professionals who are already registered as Speech Therapists and Audiologists may apply to be registered as either a Speech Therapist OR Audiologist. The application form must be duly completed (form23 / 24) and be submitted with the registration fee, as indicated in the form, to the Board Manager for Speech Therapy and Audiology for recommendation and approval

The application will then be referred to Registrations to be captured. The annual fee payment of the applicant must be in order as a Speech Therapist and Audiologist before he/she can be registered in the new register (ST or AU).

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