Exams & Registrations

Exam and Registration Process

You’ll need to complete your birth photography exams and registration to become a member of SABPA. Please note that the examination process will soon change to an automated online process. However, the existing process has to be followed meticulously.

Becoming a registered SABPA birth photographer 

A non-refundable administration and examination fee of R1 370 is payable to SABPA upon requesting your examination paper. You will then receive all the documentation needed to complete your exam. You must read and familiarise yourself with all the content to pass your exam with a minimum of 85% pass rate. You are welcome to refer to the documentation while writing your exam. However, we feel the better you know and are familiar with the birthing process and material, the more it will serve you as a credible birth photographer.

Once you have completed your exam paper and returned it for marking, we will notify you of your results within 5-10 business days. If you pass your SABPA Entry Exams, you will be required to pay an annual membership fee of R1 770 within four weeks of receiving your results.

Once your annual membership fee has been received, your application will be processed within 5-10 business days. After that, your membership will be finalised, and you will receive your SABPA license, which is required to take photographs at hospitals or birthplaces. All SABPA licenses have to be renewed on an annual basis, and photographers have to remain clear on any updated SABPA rules, regulations and guidelines. Once your first year has been completed, you will have the opportunity to switch to a monthly payment option or pay a discounted annual fee for the next 12 months.

Book a private mentoring session

Have more questions? We are more than willing to assist. Once you are a SABPA-registered birth photographer, you can book a private mentoring session with one of our head photographers. 

The rates are R750 p/h for a virtual session if you have some specific questions to go through.

Alternatively, you can book five sessions at R2 750, where we will discuss and cover the following areas:

1: Business Planning

2: Goal Setting – A session covering financial and business goals. 

3: Marketing – Social media and website review.

4: The Ins & Outs of Natural and C-section deliveries – How to best capture your clients.

5: We will end our last session with any questions or concerns and provide an overview of the material covered.

*Email support is provided on an ongoing basis.

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