SAATA – Who are recognized TA practitioners and trainers?

Issued in Public Interest:

This is a clarification message from the South Asian Association of Transactional Analysts (www.saata.org) for the attention of

  • All trainers who use TA as a framework for training and workshops, and
  • Participants who wish to attend TA training and workshops

The international TA bodies, ITAA (www.itaaworld.org) and EATA (www.eatanews.org) have specified processes for training and certification of TA professionals. The details of these along with those eligible to conduct such training are given below.

The practitioner/trainer/supervisor qualifications recognized by the ITAA and EATA are

  1. CTA – Certified Transactional Analyst
  2. TSTA – Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst
  3. PTSTA – Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst
  4. TA 101 instructors
    (PTSTAs and TA101 instructors need to be under contracted supervision)
  • The above titles can be used only after accreditation in a chosen field of specialization, namely, Counselling, Education, Organisation and Psychotherapy.

SAATA Trainers are Certified Members of SAATA who are qualified as TSTA, PTSTA, and/or CTA, who have been duly acknowledged as SAATA trainers and meet all the continuing education requirements.

Training programmes and certifications offered and recognized by SAATA

  • TA 101

An introductory workshop on Transactional Analysis concepts, based on an internationally specified syllabus (available on ITAA and EATA websites). The duration is 12-18 hours . It is a pre-requisite to further advanced education/training in TA.
TA 101 certificate is valid only when conducted by a TSTA, PTSTA or TA 101 instructor.

For details on TA 101 programmes please check: http://www.saata.org/ta-101/

  • Diploma in Transactional Analysis

Training and Certification focused on clear understanding of core concepts of TA and their use to enhance personal effectiveness at work, family and social setting.
Minimum requirement for submission of written examination is 120 hours of training and 8 hours of supervision.
Details of examination process available on www.saata.org
Training towards Diploma can be offered by SAATA Trainers, PTSTAs or TSTAs

  • Advanced Diploma in Transactional Analysis

This program focuses on the development of the core competencies required for an ethical TA practitioner in a particular field of specialization. The fields of specialisation are Counselling, Education, Organisation and Psychotherapy. Certification by SAATA is on passing both a written and oral examination.

The required TA training and supervision hours can be provided only a TSTA or PTSTA.

  •  CTA (Certified Transactional Analyst)

This program focuses on the development of the core competencies required for an ethical TA practitioner in a particular field of specialization (available on ITAA and EATA websites). The fields of specialisation are Counselling, Education, Organisation and Psychotherapy. Certification by IBOC (International Board of Certification of the ITAA) or COC (Council of Certification of EATA) is on passing both a written and oral examination.
CTA examination can be taken only if the trainee has a valid contract with the IBOC or COC and a TSTA / PTSTA. The TA training and supervision hours provided only by a TSTA / PTSTA is recognized towards the requirements for a CTA exam.

Aspirants are required to check the credentials of the facilitators offering TA 101 workshops and advanced TA training programmes, in their own best interests if they wish to have their training recognized by SAATA/ITAA/EATA. Any basic or foundational course on TA offered by anyone other than the qualified as mentioned above will not be recognized for joining an advanced training in TA. Similarly, any TA training conducted by anyone not qualified as mentioned above will not be recognised for Diploma / Advanced Diploma / CTA requirements.

Here are some of the links that will provide you additional details on regionally/internationally accredited TA training and certifications:

Training and Certification in Transactional Analysis | International Transactional Analysis Association

The standards and guidelines for training toward certification-as a practicing, supervising, or teaching transactional analyst-have been established by the Professional Standards Division of the ITAA, in cooperation with the European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA) and the Federation of Transactional Analysis Associations (FTAA, formerly WPATA).

EATA Training and Examination Handbook

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