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The Association of Professional Heritage Practitioners (APHP) has noted that where Heritage practitioners are part of a bidding team in tenders and quotations there is an increasingly common practice for membership of the APHP to be required to qualify the consultant to bid.

While APHP appreciates the recognition of the professional standards we are endeavouring to maintain within our membership, we need to bring to your attention that such a requirement is unnecessary as we are a voluntary organization and not a Statutory Council or licensing body.

We are in the process of pursuing recognition from the South Africa Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for heritage work and we are hopeful that this will lead to the formal establishment of APHP as a Professional Body. However, this process has not yet been completed.

We believe that while membership of APHP will provide the authorities with a good measure of assurance of heritage-related skills and experience, it should be regarded as an advantage, but not mandatory, to fulfil the requirements for tender.