SACPCMP Registration Update
23 November 2014
This newsletter covers problems raised by members regarding the Construction Health and Safety (CHS) Registration process with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP).
Our investigation into what appeared to be a slow processing of applications was accelerated following a presentation at the Saiosh KZN conference. There Thobile Lamati, the Deputy Director General of the DOL, also the Chief Inspector of the DOL, stated in relation to the registration process, that there would be “No further extension of time for registration come the 6th of August 2015”
Saiosh had a meeting with the SACPCMP where we were presented with statistical evidence that indicated that there is a delay at the SACPCMP end but that the problem cannot be fixed by the SACPCMP. The problem simply lies with many of the applicants applying for registration. We share these figures with our members to assist in remedying the process. Once an applicant applies for registration he/she is logged onto the database. All processes start from that point. Currently 902 names have been logged into the database for registration. Of these 902 names there are 448 applications (49.6%) which have not been finalised. The reason for this delay is that 289 applications have not paid the required fee.
Another 159 have paid but failed to submit all the required documents. Perhaps in the hope of speeding up their individual applications, 25 applicants applied a second time (i.e. duplication). All of that gums up the system. The good news is that roughly another 400 applications are in the pipeline having completed various parts of the process. For example 42 applicants have completed the full process and are just awaiting their outcome letters.
Twelve (12) applicants have reached the stage for their examination and have confirmed their acceptance of the exam date. A fair number of applicants who lack both qualifications and experience are intent on applying for the Agent level. That will not happen. Applicants will be graded according to the criteria for each level. It is obvious then that many applications will only be registered as CHS Officers or CHS Managers and not CHS Agents.
Where does this leave members who are waiting for some news? To date 44 applications have been approved and registered. Individually 8 applications have lodged an appeal against the level of grading. If you apply for registration and fail to complete the process within a set period of time, your application will be deregistered and you need to start all over again. The SACPCMP process keeps members informed of any such delay. We were advised that one applicant who was informed 3 times to submit his portfolio of work could not understand why he was soon to be deregistered. Members can check their personal position on the registration process by logging into the SACPCMP website.
This is our message to our members
- This registration process is here to stay.
- We have noted that the DOL says there will be no further extension of time to register.
- You need to ensure that the required fee is paid and the required documents are submitted timeously.
- The SACPCMP will be running workshops around the country to explain and clarify the processes for members. Check the SACPCMP website www.sacpcmp.org.za
With the assistance of some leading Construction Associations and Bodies in South adfrica, Saiosh has put together a set of guidance notes that will assist members with the SACPCMP application process, it will also assist with the compilation of the two project reports. To download the guidelines click here: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/saiosh.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Docs/Guidelines_for_CHS_Registrat.pdf
When applying for registration don't forget to submit a copy of your Saiosh membership certificate, you will earn 5 credits towards your application.
Do not wait until the last minute to apply for registration. There are 902 current applications in the pipeline. It is estimated that in excess of at least another 2600 (from persons currently practising in the Construction H&S field) need to register before the deadline.