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SACPCMP Registration

19 March 2014  
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Saiosh has been inundated with queries related to the SACPCMP registration. Members want to know who should register, when to register, why to register and more importantly how it relates to their membership with Saiosh.

It is important to understand that registration with the SACPCMP is only required when practicing health and safety in the construction industry, as prescribed by the Project and Construction Management Professions Act, 2000 (Act No. 48 of 2000) and the Construction Regulations 2014. If you are not sure if you fit the bill then you need to compare your scope of work with that of the SACPCMP construction health and safety designations' scope of work which is listed on their website.

Now that we have established who needs to register with the SACPCMP lets look and see how it relates to Saiosh and its occupational health and safety professional designations:

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has confirmed that the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health South Africa (IOSH SA) is the recognised professional body for occupational health and safety practitioners in South Africa (for all industry sectors). IOSH SA was approved by SAQA as a Professional Body for the purpose of the NQF Act, Act 67 of 2008. Saiosh is the Registration Board for IOSH SA and register members on one of four professional designations. Whether you practice health and safety in the construction industry or not, your professional designation is a certification as well as a verification of your competence in health and safety which is recognised by SAQA.

The question could be asked, why then two registration authorities for the same community or profession? Most other professions have the same scenario, take engineering for example: In order to obtain professional status an engineer will have to be registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), depending on the choice of career the engineer will also have to register with a sector specific body e.g. mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering etc.

For those who practice health and safety in the construction industry and also have to register with the SACPCMP, there is some good news. Saiosh is a registered Voluntary Association (VA) with the SACPCMP and members applying for registration with the SACPCMP will get automatic credits towards their application.

For more information on the registration process for Construction OHS Practitioners with SACPCMP visit www.sacpcmp.org.za



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