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1 CBE DELEGATION TO ZAMBIA Presentation by Mr Christopher “Chris” Campbell President of ECSA 24/25 February 2011

2 2 Outline The engineering profession in South Africa History, mandate and functions of ECSA Registration Accreditation of engineering programmes Evaluation of Educational Qualifications Regulate professional conduct

3 3 Structure of the Engineering Profession ECSA: A statutory body created by Acts of 1968, 1990, 2000 Regulates the practice of engineering in South Africa through –Registration –Accreditation of engineering education programmes –Regulating Professional Conduct –Setting standards for education and registration Act in the interests of the public Advise government ECSA partners with the engineering voluntary associations

4 4 Engineering Voluntary Associations Serve the interests of their members, promote their disciplines Aeronautical Society of SA (AeSSA) SA Institute of Agricultural Engineers (SAIAE) SA Institution of Chemical Engineers (SAIChE) SA Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) SA Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) SA Institute for Industrial Engineers (SAIIE) SA Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE) SA Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists (IPET) Chamber of Engineering Technology (COET) + ….. others

5 5 Relationships in the Profession ECSA Functions: Register Accredit Regulate Professional Conduct Set Standards Act in the interests of the public Advise government Engineering Voluntary Associations AeSSA SAIAE SAIChE SAICE SAIEE SAIIE SAIMechE SAIMM CESA IPET COET + ….. Recognition Nominate Council and Committee Members Presidents Forum Provider Peer Assessors, Accreditors, Investigators

6 6 History of ECSA 1960-1968 Voluntary Associations motivated regulatory body for engineering 1968: South African Council for Professional Engineers (SACPE) –Registration of Professional Engineers 1980’s: Boards of Control for Technicians, Technologists, Certificated Engineers 1990: Engineering Professions of SA Act –ECSA formed –Registration of Technologists,Technicians, Certificated Engineers 2000: Engineering Profession Act –ECSA continued –Wider registration and education powers

7 7 ECSA’s Core Functions Registration of –Professionals –Candidates –Specified categories Renewal of registration and CPD Accreditation of engineering programmes Recognition and evaluation of qualifications –Conduct examinations Define and enforce professional conduct Identification of work Define guideline fees for professional services

8 88 Committee Structure: 1 Finance & Staff Investigating Corporate Governance International Affairs Council Exco Legal Matters High Impact Committee CIMAudit DamsFees Education Deans x Engineering SGB

9 99 Committee Structure: 2 Central Registration Council Exco Eng Prog Accreditation Techno Prog Accreditation Eng Qual Evaluation Techno Qual Evaluation Engineers Registration Technologist Registration Technician Registration Cert Eng Registration CERTAC PAC: Aero PAC: Agric PAC: Chem PAC: Civil PAC: Elec PAC: Indus PAC: Mech PAC: Metall PAC: Mining Lift Insp Registration LMI Registration x

10 10 Protecting the Public Interest Through Registration Identify and recognise the competency levels of members of the profession Ensure acceptable educational standards Ensure standards of practice in the profession; and Control the professional conduct of members of the profession. Key Idea: The competence of engineering practitioners is essential to protecting the public interest Policy Document 1999

11 11 ECSA Stakeholder Relations CBE The Public International Partners Voluntary Associations Engineering Practitioners Registered Persons Engineering Higher Education SETAs DPW Africa DTI DBE DPE DAFF CHE SAQA DoL DMR HESA DHS DoT Industry, Firms Sectors, … NRCS DHET DoCDE End Users SABS D…

12 12 Categories of Registration Professionals Professional Engineers Professional Engineering Technologists Professional Engineering Technicians Professional Certificated Engineer Specified Categories Lift Inspector Lifting Machinery Inspector Medical Equipment Maintainer

13 13 Candidate Categories of Registration Purpose: A candidate is training and gaining experience and may do engineering work under supervision of a professional Candidate Categories: –Candidate Engineers –Candidate Engineering Technologists –Candidate Engineering Technicians –Candidate Certificated Engineer Requirements: The applicant must satisfy educational outcomes by: –Holding an accredited qualification; or –Holding a qualification recognised under an international agreement; or –Is evaluated as substantially equivalent to an accredited qualification

14 Professional Development Model Accredited Programme Training And Experience Practice Meet Standard for Engineering Education Meet Standard For Professional Competency Candidate Registration Graduation Professional Registration Observe Code of Conduct and Maintain CPD

15 15 Professional Registration Requirements For registration as a professional in a category, the applicant must (a)satisfy the relevant educational outcomes determined by council (b)demonstrate competence as measured against standards determined by the council Note: (a) is equivalent to the candidate requirements. After graduation, at least 3 years (usually more) of training and experience required for registration

16 16 How and When to Register “Assessment of Foreign Qualification  Have foreign qualification assessed by ECSA.  Apply for registration in the particular category. Professional EngineerBSc(Eng)/BEng Professional Eng TechnoBTech Professional Eng Technician Three year National Diploma in engineering

17 17 Common Requirements All applicants(foreign applicants included) for registration in a professional category need to have: Recognised academic qualification. Trained to an acceptable level of competence for at least three years : –Focused and collaborative training (CE and employer / mentor). –Practical experience in a position of responsibility. Display the attributes of a professional person.

18 18 Not considered possible for a CE to acquire the required competencies and each to the required level in a shorter period than 3 years. It generally takes longer than three years to acquire competencies. Imperative that training programmes are well developed, managed and implemented. Spending time on a particular element of training without a qualitative objective will not ensure achievement of the required level of competency for that category. Training Period

19 19 Registration process for all categories of registration basically the same. Exception: Pr Eng category which has a compulsory professional review. Other categories have the discretion to call applicants in for an interview. Registration Process

20 20 All Categories The degree of responsibility of applicants and their personal and specific involvement with each project should be clear from the reports which accompany their applications. Essential that applicants consult the discipline specific guidelines for the particular discipline and Policy Statements for the different categories of registration (R2/1A, R2/1B and R2/1C), as it contains essential details on the type of information which ECSA requires for registration.

21 21 Foreign Applicants - Requirements Application form for Professional Registration Full report on practical post-qualification engineering experience Project report highlighting applicant’s personal input into one to three projects in which applicant had a major input At least two referee reports for engineers, three referee reports for technologists and technicians, of which at least one must be from a SA registered Pr Eng who observed the applicant in the work situation.

22 22 Requirements Cont… It is advisable that a qualified foreign engineering practitioner live and work in South Africa for a period of eight to twelve months to become familiar with SA Codes of practice, health and safety legislation and general conditions of contract, before applying for professional registration.

23 23 Experience Appraisal and Professional Reviews Professional Review (by experienced peers): Professional Reviews as part of the registration process for Professional Engineer applications are only done in South Africa to demonstrate the candidate’s: Professional, moral & ethical understanding. Engineering judgment, decision-making and communication ability. Technical knowledge and understanding.

24 24 Renewal of Registration Through CPD Engineering Profession Act, 2000 requires Renewal of Registration. Renewal of registration is linked to continuing professional development (CPD) over five year cycles. –5 Credits per annum (25 over 5 year cycle) needed for renewal of registration. –CPD Credits awarded for Developmental Activities (1credit required per year) Work-based Activities Individual Activities

25 Some Registration Statistics (as at 31 August 2010) Professional Engineers:14827 Professional Engineering Technologists 3704 Professional Engineering Technicians 3532 Professional Certificated Engineers 1047 Specified Categories 970 Candidate Engineers: 5789 Candidate Engineering Technologists 2071 Candidate Engineering Technicians 2971 Candidate Certificated Engineers 215 Total35126

26 ECSA’s Education Functions Accreditation of qualifications –Engineering qualifications: BEng-type: 8 universities offering 51 programmes –Technology Qualifications: BTech: 10 providers offering 95 programmes National Diploma: 11 providers offering 103 programmes Evaluation of qualifications Policy advice on engineering education

27 Accreditation Criteria Programme Type: Number of Credits, NQF Level Programme design to provide the educational base for registration as in a category Knowledge profile 10 Exit Level Outcomes Quality of teaching and learning Resourcing and sustainability 27

28 28 Evaluation of Educational Qualifications The primary methods of meeting the education requirements for registration with ECSA is: -Holding a qualification accredited by ECSA, for the relevant – category. -Holding a qualification recognised under an International – Education Agreement, namely  Washington Accord, for Engineers;  Sydney Accord for Technologists, and the  Dublin Accord for Technicians. Applicants that do not fall into neither of the above 2 categories, must have their qualifications evaluated for substantial equivalence to that of an accredited South African BSc(Eng)/BEng degree.

29 29 The Evaluation Process: –Applicants are required to complete an assessment form and submit all requested supporting documentation of their qualification. –The assessment is conducted by the  Engineering Programme Qualifications Evaluation SubCommittee (EP-QEC), in the case of an Engineer, and  Technology Programme Qualifications Evaluation SubCommittee (TP-QEC), in the case of a Technologist or a Technician.

30 30 The respective QEC may request that the applicant attend an interview, in order to ascertain further information on the qualification. This process is conducted by volunteers of ECSA, and is largely dependant on their availability. Once an assessment is completed, the applicant is advised as to the exact category of registration s/he is eligible to register for and may then apply.

31 Washington Accord Professional Engineer Professional Engineering Technologist Professional Engineering Technician Sydney Accord Dublin Accord Educational Accords International educational agreements provide for: –Mutual recognition –Benchmarking of programmes providing the educational foundation for practice in each category

32 The Engineering Standards Generating Body Roles & Responsibilities –Developing generic engineering qualifications, –Ensuring that the standards developed are internationally comparable –Ensuring that standards conform to principles of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) –Ensuring that qualifications developed provide access into the profession and provide articulation and progression within the profession

33 Regulation of Professional Conduct ECSA is required by the Act to: –Have a code of professional conduct –Investigate complaints of misconduct against registered persons –Conduct tribunals –Alternate processes: guilty plea, …. –Impose sanctions on persons found guilty

34 34 Code of Professional Conduct Rule of Conduct for Registered Persons requires observance of The interests of humanity and environment Accepted norms of professional conduct Work only within limits of own competency Honouring the standing of the profession Improvement of skills Encouraging excellence within the profession Administrative issues are addressed

35 Disciplinary Process Complaint received from public or initiated by ECSA Preliminary investigation Full investigation Charge of misconduct – approved by council Tribunal Alternative processes: guilty plea Report to Council Sanction


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