The Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa

ensuring quality complementary and alternative healthcare of choice

Requirements for all Allied Health Professions

General requirements for all applications

  • Completed official application form together with the applicable application fee and all supporting documentation as requested on the application form not specifically mentioned below as additional requirements;
  • Copy of South African identity document (excluding drivers licence);
  • All documents must be certified and Council holds the right to call for all original documents in terms of Section 15 of the Allied Health Professions Act 63 of 1982 as amended;
  • All applications must be submitted directly to Council House and not via a third person; and
  • Only the application fee as stated on the application form is payable and must be paid directly to the Council.
  • Applicants with foreign qualifications

  • Certified copy of qualification;
  • South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), original Certificate of Evaluation, stating that the applicant’s qualification/s in the profession applying for is/are at least equivalent to the prescribed South Africa qualification;
  • Copy of complete academic record for full duration of studies;
  • Any documents submitted that are not in English must include a sworn translation of the content of the document in English;
  • Copy of Passport together with a valid work permit that entitles the person to practise the profession applying for in South Africa either under the terms and conditions of employment or in private practice; (In the event of a person not being able to obtain a work permit prior to registration, the Council will provide a letter for such purpose should the applicant meet all the requirements for registration);
  • Proof that the qualification allows the applicant to practise the profession in the country where the qualification was obtained;
  • Proof of registration with the relevant statutory body in country of origin;
  • Original letter of good standing from the original relevant registering statutory body, which letter must state that the applicant does not have any pending disciplinary proceedings against him/her, or been sanctioned in terms of any disciplinary proceedings. The letter of good standing shall not be older than three (3) months;
  • Police Clearance Certificate;
  • Current Level 1 First Aid Certificate;
  • Should the qualification be older than five (5) years the applicant must provide a brief curriculum vitae, in order to establish whether the applicant has been practising the profession and thereby has kept up to date with the practice and the profession; and
  • The applicant may be required to do a competency assessment at an educational institution.
  • If approved for registration, the applicant will be required to successfully complete the Council’s jurisprudence assessment, which assessment will be managed by the Administration.
  • Application procedure
    Only once all the documents and details as set out above have been received from an applicant, will the application be submitted to the Professional Board, which will review the application taking into consideration the subject requirements as stated in Regulation No.127 of 12 February 2001
    Administration will conduct the relevant confirmatory check in respect of work permits with the Department of Home Affairs.

    Qualifications required for registration in diagnostic allied health professions:
    Chiropractic and Homeopathy: Five year full time Masters Degree as currently offered at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Durban University of Technology (DUT).
    Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Phytotherapy and Unani-Tibb: Three year Basic Medical Sciences with a two year specialisation in one of the above as currently offered at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
    There are currently no accredited courses available in South Africa for Ayurveda and Osteopathy.

    Qualifications required for registration in therapies:
    Therapeutic Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Massage Therapy and Therapeutic Reflexology are 240 credit qualifications currently available at various accredited private providers, as listed under our Education page.

    Registered Providers

    Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
    The University of the Western Cape
    www.uwc.ac.za

    Chiropractic
    Durban University of Technology
    www.dut.ac.za
    The University of Johannesburg
    www.uj.ac.za

    Homoeopathy
    Durban University of Technology
    www.dut.ac.za
    The South African Faculty of Homoeopathy (only available to persons registered as medical practitioners with the Health Profession Council)
    www.homeopathysouthafrica.co.za
    The University of Johannesburg
    www.uj.ac.za

    Naturopathy
    The University of the Western Cape
    www.uwc.ac.za

    Phytotherapy
    The University of the Western Cape
    www.uwc.ac.za

    Therapeutic Aromatherapy
    Camelot International PTY(LTD)
    www.camelotspagroup.com
    Potchefstroom Akademie
    www.potchakademie.co.za

    Therapeutic Massage Therapy
    Camelot International PTY(LTD)
    www.camelotspagroup.com
    Potchefstroom Akademie
    www.potchakademie.co.za

    Therapeutic Reflexology
    Camelot International PTY(LTD)
    www.camelotspagroup.com
    Potchefstroom Akademie
    www.potchakademie.co.za
    The International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy (PTY) LTD
    www.reflexologycourse.co.za

    Unani-Tibb
    The University of the Western Cape
    www.uwc.ac.za

    Council Registration Assessments.

    Applications from persons for registration years after graduating

    Excerpt from PBACMU draft minutes 2/2013:
    22. Applications for registration years after graduating
    PBACMU decided that persons requesting registration after a period of 6 months had lapsed since graduating would be required to do a competency assessment, due to the possible loss of skills.

    Excerpt from PBARM draft minutes 2/2013:

    17. Persons requesting registration years after graduating
    PBARM decided that persons requesting registration after a period of 6 months had lapsed since graduating would be required to do a competency assessment, due to the possible loss of skills.

    Excerpt from PBCO draft minutes 2/2013:

    18. Applications for registration years after graduating
    Persons who graduate and apply for registration after months, sometimes even years may lose their skills. Persons who do not register within six months after graduation will be subject to a clinical OSCE exam.

    Excerpt from PBHNP draft minutes 2/2013:

    17. Applications for registration years after graduating
    Persons who graduate and apply for registration after months and sometimes years, may lose their skills. Persons who do not register within 6 months will be subject to a clinical competency exam.