Cape Town: The Cygma Group has informed the Canadian based Professional Evaluation & Certification Board, PECB, that it will not be renewing its licence to offer ISO certification and training in Africa.
The decision stems from the ZAR USD exhange rate, and the PECB terms and conditions with respect to certification, which made it a losing situation amongst the 34 other non-exclusive partners in South Africa.
Group Director for Human Capacity Building, Johan du Preez, told sheqafrica.com that the company cannot compete effectively with local training providers in an attempt to offer internationally accepted certification. Prices for course fees of $80 per day was introduced in 2018, and the candidate still had to pay a certification fee of $500 after completing the course. With the cost of venues, PECB Certificated trainers, which we have to fly in from as far as Egypt, a three day LI Course would just be rediculously expensive.
“We have decided to let it go, and wish all the other providers like DQS, Continuity SA and EOH Legal Services all the best trying to make it work.” said Du Preez. “Too many local alternatives are half the cost and seems to acceptable by most organisations.”
In November 2017, the PECB themselves organised an event in Advanced Auditing Techniques with another coming up in May this year. The cost for the 2017 event was $1 000 for the day. “We are PECB Partners, and even we had to pay for it.” Du Preez objected, saying that the partnership is a one-way arrangement to benefit the PECB. “One would at least expect some support from the PECB, but nothing of the kind. We will have to find an alternative partner for this, but I doubt if we will venture into something like it again, especially with the uncertainty in the South African training landscape. Growth opportunities are in abundance, but training will not be one of our strategic objectives for the next 5 years.”