FameLab contestants are required to give a 3-minute talk, with the aid of props, which is engaging and entertaining for a public audience. Contestants are judged on content, clarity, and charisma. Pre-qualification rounds or heats are coordinated internally by host organisations, or open heats, which are open to all that meet the eligibility criteria. Prior to the heats, a science communication workshop is held to assist participants in developing skills in preparation of these heats. During a heat, a judging panel determines who will move on to the next round. Qualifying contestants from both the institutional and public heats progress through to Masterclass training that is facilitated by a FameLab- accredited trainer. Once completed, these participants compete in the national semi-finals and then the finals. Finally, the overall winner of FameLab South Africa then progresses to the international finals hosted in the United Kingdom.