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This Forum is for the Conference and Events Organisers who could be either a person or company which specializes in the organisation and management of conferences, congresses, meetings, seminars, gala and award dinners and other such events. They usually provide a range of services that could include but not limited to budget management, registration services, exhibition management and sales, programme development and marketing. There could also include a portion of travel and leisure arrangements.
SAACI PCO Accreditation discontinued, 18 March 2016
PCO Accreditation is historically the mechanism used by SAACI to provide PCO members with a level of credibility based on their organisational structure, experience, range of experience and support infrastructure. The process in its current format is based on organisational accreditation and is recognized locally.
In consultation with SAACI’s Board of Directors at the last Board Meeting, held Sunday 21 February 2016, it has been decided that PCO Accreditation in its current format will discontinue as part of SAACI’s service offering. The decision is based on global industry trends, with a move towards the accreditation and certification of individuals who make up organisations, instead of the organisations themselves. Internationally recognized certifications such CMP, CMM and CEM are widely recognized by conference clients. This allows us as an industry association to advance uniform standards of practice.
Where to from here?
1. PCO’s who are currently accredited as a SAACI Accredited Conference Organiser (SACO Level 1) , SAACI Accredited Professional Conference Organiser (SAPCO Level 2) or a SAACI Accredited International Professional Conference Organiser (SAIPCO Level 3), have the right to maintain their status as such, until their accreditation expires.
2. PCO’s who are currently not accredited will have an opportunity to join one of the new individual certification programmes, this coming year. More information about the certification programmes will be sent to members once agreements have been reached with the various international bodies with whom we are currently in talks.
As a board, we believe the move towards individual certification against international standards is aligned to SAACI’s value proposition of providing a platform to obtain a relevant qualification and our commitment to skills development in our industry.