In gathering data from various organisations, as part of the Numbers and Needs in the SADC Region study in 2017-2018, it was noticed that the organisations that have the most information about their members and are able to target activities to suit member needs, have become larger organisations than those with only basic information. The size of organisation does not seem to be wholly dependent on the number of the appropriate discipline in the workforce! It is therefore important that applicants provide as much relevant data as required from the outset.

The overall process of applying for membership of a voluntary association, versus applying for professional registration is similar, as can be seen in the flow diagram but there are generally more intermediate steps in processing an application for registration. The data required and detailed workflow, capturing all steps must be agreed for sharing with the website developer.

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