APPETD Team members appointed:

We are very pleased to announce the return of Ms Kim Bonaconsa to the APPETD team in her capacity as the General Manager.  For any enquiries contact her on

APPETD also welcomes, Ms Alida Botes, who will be looking after the membership and marketing portfolio. Coming from the Hospitality and Tourism background, Alida has amazing people’s skills and great social media marketing skills. For any membership and marketing related enquiries you can contact her on

ETDP SETA Funded Projects:

APPETD rolled out two skills programmes during February and March, funded by the ETDP SETA and we are pleased to have successfully upskilled 153 learners, mostly APPETD members.

1. RPL Advisor skills programme

The RPL Advisor training programme with full learner attendance eagerly listening to the presentations from the esteemed Dr Shirley Lloyd and Dr Marici Snyman. The MD of VeryCoolIdeas: Ms Kim Courtois and APPETD CEO: Ms Cynthia Reynders did the opening and welcome. 


Dear Kim (VeryCoolIdeas) 
Thank you for inviting me as a guest speaker – has really been such a pleasant experience!
It was evident that the delegates are enjoying the training and that you really managed to established a community of practice.
Best of luck with all the good work that you are doing – you are a truly amazing woman!
Nice to have met.
Dr Snyman (RPL specialist, with UNISA)

2. Professional Learning Designer programme

The Learning Designer programme was facilitated by Assessment College of S.A in three provinces i.e. Cape Town, Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Leaners participated actively in the discussions and various practical case studies given. Well done to everyone!


APPETD announced the Private Provider RPL Reference Group to be captained by Dr Shirley Lloyd to compliment the drive and importance of RPL as well as design and develop practical, workable RPL framework for providers.  Watch your mailbox for further information.

APPETD Board members, Dr Deonita Damons, Ms Sharon Blignaut, Mr Kim Dry Courtois, and Ms Cynthia Reynders with Dr Shirley Lloyd at the RPL Private Providers Reference Group Announcement 

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