Biokinetics training entails four years of academic education (degree study) and two years of professional (internship) exposure. In the process, five years of training is required prior to registration as a Biokineticist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
Entry requirement to study Biokinetics is graduate degree (3 years) in:
- BA (Human Movement Science)
- BSc (Sport Science)
Prospective students are subject to rigorous selection procedures prior to acceptance into the post-graduate Biokinetics program of training institutions. During this final year period of study the student is obliged to register as a student-in-training with both the Biokinetics Association of South Africa and the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
Biokinetics is a Postgraduate qualification offered at most universities as
- BA Hons Biokinetics
- BSc Hons Biokinetics
The following tertiary institutions offer Biokinetics:
- University of Johannesburg
- University of Pretoria
- University of the North West
- University of the Orange Free State
- University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
- University of Zululand
- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
- University of Cape Town
- University of Stellenbosch
- University of the Western Cape
- Tshwane University of Technology
Professional preparation entails a two-year period of internship.
- The first year of internship is conducted simultaneously with the student’s final (fourth) year of academic preparation during the post-graduate (Honours) specialization in Biokinetics.
- The subsequent (second) year of internship is conducted at an accredited Biokinetics Practice / Centre under the supervision of a registered Biokineticist. (See Accredited Practices under Member Area). During this year the intern is supervised and is subject to 6 monthly evaluations.
- During the second year of internship the Biokinetics Intern is obliged to register as an intern with the Biokinetics Association of South Africa as well as the Health Professionals Council of SA.
The training to which an individual is exposed in the course of preparing to register as a Biokineticist is of such nature that it enables one to seek employment in a number of allied health-related fields. The scope of occupation is primarily dependent on the entrepreneurial initiative of the individual and includes practicing as a Biokineticist in the following environments, as listed alphabetically:
- Corporate Sector
- Correctional Facilities
- Elite and Professional Sport
- Fire Services
- Local Authorities
- Military Bases
- Military Hospitals
- Police Services
- Private Practices