Academic Advising Professional Development Programme

Become a certified Academic Advisor

The Academic Advising Professional Development Programme (AAPD) offers a professional academic advising certificate for academic advisors and staff in the higher education sector. This programme allows participants to adopt a standard of excellence in their advising practice.

After attending the four-day short learning programme, advisors complete a portfolio of evidence, which serves as an assessment for this course. Participants have to pass the Portfolio of Evidence for certification.

What is the AAPD?

The Academic Advising Professional Development Programme is a Short Learning Programme (SLP) equipping academic advisors in South Africa with the necessary theoretical, knowledge, and skills to develop an intentional advising practice at their instituions or departments and enhance their professional advising skills.

Benefits of Certification

  • Expand your knowledge of advising as a practice
  • Advance in your professional qualification and credibility
  • Provide your students with the best possible advising experience
  • Connect you with a national network of professional academic advisors
  • Distinguish yourself in a competitive job market by enhancing your resume
  • Develop a successful and intentional advising approach in your institution

Duration of the programme

The AAPD is presented on various occasions throughout the year. Participants attend a four-day contact session, after which they complete an assessment, and receive certification. Each contact session is reserved for a maximum of 30 participants, allowing for interactive learning.

Dates for 2023

The following two sessions are available during 2023:

3-6 July 2023BloemfonteinIndividual applicationsR 6 000
2-5 October 2023JohannesburgPer invitation onlyR 3 000

What units are covered in the AAPD?

The AAPD provides insight into the five components of advising, namely the conceptual, informational, relational, technological and professional components. Each unit provides advisors with the necessary theoretical foundation and skills to practice professional academic advising in their institution. Below is an overview of the units.

Unit 1

Conceptual component

  • Conceptual understanding of advising
  • Advising theories
  • Advising approaches

Unit 2

Informational component

  • Information advisors need to know and disseminate to students

Unit 3

Relational component

  • Advising in action
  • Academic advising practices
  • Advising models
  • Student referrals
  • Advising administration
  • Ethical dilemmas in advising

Unit 4

Technological Component

  • Technology in advising
  • The digital profile of the student
  • Advising technologies
  • Global trends in advising technology

Unit 5

Professional Component

  • Self-knowledge as advisor
  • Cultural competence and awareness
  • Self-Care
  • Advisor etiquette
  • Further professional development

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