Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of joining ICCSSA?
ICCSSA is the only legal association in South Africa professionalising statisticians in specialised fields of practice. ICCSSA ensure safe and responsible practice of statisticians. The use and interpretation of statistics are critical in today’s society. From working out the best deals in the supermarket to understanding trends and probabilities that affect decisions in business and government. The benefits of registering with ICCSSA include:
- Functioning in a working environment leaves one vulnerable unless, and until, statisticians are protected by their status as professionals.
- Statisticians, like other professions, have to hold and abide to the set code of conduct. This ensures that members conduct themselves responsibly with integrity, accountability and excellence.
- Registering with ICCSSA as a professional body ensures statistical competence and commitment to professionalism.
- Statisticians have broad responsibilities and therefore it has been difficult for existing professional bodies e.g. SACNASP to control this.
- A higher degree of recognition as a traditional profession would have benefit for statisticians in terms of greater influence, increased trust and recognition.
- ICCSSA has the ability to recognise statistical education and training that meets expected standards.
- Some institutions will not consult and accept advice from anyone who is not professionally registered.
What is the purpose of ICCSSA?
- To promote the status of professional Statisticians in the South African private and public sectors.
- To provide a forum for the exchange of Statistical knowledge among members, for the benefit of South Africa.
- To promote publications and other works pertaining to practicing Statisticians and to recognise merit in such publications and works.
- To lead, direct and influence policy in Statistics for the public, private and educational sectors.
- To promote and advance education and training of Statistical Sciences in South Africa.
- Through effective financial management, ensure that maximum feasible short, medium and long-term advantages accrue to the Members of the Institute in the form of its stability, facilities, benefits and activities.
- To preserve the rights of statisticians of Professional status in the publications of statistics (e.g. data, forecasts, estimations, confidence intervals) and statistical models utilised in the derivation of statistics in concordance with the Act No. 27 of 2003 of SACNASP.
- To forge alliances with similar International entities.
How do I become an ICCSSA member?
- An application fee of R250.00 for Certificated and R500.00 for Chartered membership must be paid for EACH Field of Practice (FoP) that you apply for and these application fees are NOT refundable. There is no application fee for Associated Membership.
- Applications will not be processed unless proof of payment is received.
- Only complete applications can be processed.
- A complete application must include the documents and information listed below. Additional documentation may be requested in support of the application.
- All official documents must bear the original stamp and signature of the Commissioner of Oaths.
- Templates for the Work Experience Report and the Referee reports are provided and must be used for the application. Note: the Work Experience report must be filled in for EACH Field of Practice (FoP) and TWO Referee Reports must be provided.
- You will need the following documentation:
- CERTIFIED COPY of South African ID or, if not a South African citizen, a certified copy of passport.
- CERTIFIED COPY of MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE / OFFICIAL PROOF OF CHANGE OF SURNAME: Required only if official documents are issued in another surname.
- CURRICULUM VITAE Full details of applicant without repeating the field(s) where the applicant has been practicing and publications, presentations and other reports.
- QUALIFICATION/S N.Dip., B.Tech., N.H.Dip., D.Tech., Bachelors Degree, Bachelors Degree (Honours), Masters Degree, Doctorate Degree or any other degree with a major in Statistical Sciences e.g. Econometrics Note: Certified by a Commissioner of Oaths
- TRANSCRIPT/S OF ACADEMIC RECORDS In support of your application. Certified by a Commissioner of Oaths
- ABSTRACT/S OF THESIS OR DISSERTATION Including title / front page
- FOREIGN QUALIFICATIONS: SAQA certificate compulsory. Syllabi may be required.
- ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS By an official translator of all qualifications issued in foreign languages.
- WORK EXPERIENCE Complete report on relevant work experience. Please use the ICCSSA Applicant Work Experience Report template for EACH FoP. Download template for ICCSSA Applicant Work Experience Report for EACH FoP here
- WORK RELATED REFEREE REPORTS Applicants who apply for membership must have TWO work related referees for EACH FoP. The referee reports on the prescribed template must contain information in support of the applicant’s membership, which includes (but is not limited to) the following: referee’s personal knowledge of the applicant’s training and/or experience; applicant’s degree of responsibility in Statistical project deliverables; recommendation for membership in the field(s) of application. Download template for ICCSSA Referee Report for EACH FoP here
- To apply for ICCSSA membership you have to login to the ICCSSA website iccssa.org.za
- Once you are logged in you can navigate to https://iccssa.org.za/join-membership/ under the Membership tab.
- Click on the button that says “Apply online” and follow the instructions.
- If you are a first time user you will have to register before you can login.
Does ICCSSA issue a letter for the purpose of a Critical Skills Visa?
What is professionalism?
What makes you a "complete" professional?
- Holds appropriate qualifications
- Has relevant and specific work experience
- Undertakes continuous professional development (CPD)
- Abides by a Code of Conduct by his/her professional body
These are core for ICCSSA’s functioning and contained within the Bye-Laws of ICCSSA.