Some SACPCMP Construction Safety registration applicants query the logic of equating certain memberships with an International Diploma, or half an SA Diploma.
Memberships to some voluntary organisations are equated to a third of the points accorded to a BTech Safety degree.
Construction Health and Safety registration applicants to the SACPCMP are accorded these points towards the controversial three or four levels of designations;
Certificates or Diplomas
7.5 National Diploma (Risk Mgmt, Enviro or Related)
05 Construction HS LEARNERSHIP Certificate
05 NEBOSH International Diploma in Construction HS
03 SAMTRAC /SHEQMAN /NEBOSH /equivalent course
01 SETA-accredited OHS/CHS course (2 -8 credits)
0.5 Non-accredited OHS/CHS course (1 -5 days)
02 CPMP (4 x 5 Days in Constr Project Management)
+02 APPM (4 x5 Days in General Project Management)
+02 Damelin Advanced Project Management
+02 PMI – Project Management Professional
+02 Any NQS Level in Relevant Field (REGCOM)
Short course points may add up to a maximum of 7.5 points.
+ Plus marks indicate points that may be added to primary OHS training.
Membership of a professional association
+05 Member of a voluntary association recognised by the SACPCMP
Universities of Technology
15 BTech /HND (Safety Management)
7.5 BTech / HND (Constr Mg, Bld, QS, Archit, Civil, Electr, Mech Eng)
15 BTech (Construction Health and Safety Management)
10 ND (Operational Risk Management)
7.5 BTech (Arch. Tech)
10 ND (Safety Management)
05 ND (Constr Mg, Building, QS, Archit, Civil, Electrical, Mech Eng)
05 ND (Arch. Tech)
7.5 BSc (Hons) (Constr Mg, Building, QS, Archit, Civil Eng)
7.5 BEng (Civil)
7.5 BEng (Mechanical, Electrical)
7.5 BArch (Hons)
05 BSc (Constr Mg, Bldg, QS, Archit, Civil, Electrical, Mech Eng) 3 Years
15 B. Com (Operational Risk Mgmt)
Post Graduate (Additional to First Degree Points)
+05 MSc (Construction Health and Safety Management)
+2.5 MSc (Constr Mg, Building, QS, Archit, Civil, Electrical, Mech Eng)
+05 MSc (Operational Risk Management)
Post Graduate (Additional to First Degree Points)
+2.5 MTech (Constr Mg, Building, QS, Archit, Civil, Electrical, Mech Eng)
+2.5 MTech (Arch. Tech)
Thus a practitioner after a general five-day course (3 points); and two one-day courses of 2 to 8 credits (1 point, plus 1 point); and membership of one of the institutes (5 points); is accorded 9 points. An SA National Diploma in Safety Management is accorded 10 points.
If such a practitioner also added a learnership certificate (5 points), he would be accorded equal to a BTech Degree (15 points), in the scheme that could be enforced on employers in August 2015.
Thus a membership adds as much as an International Diploma, or half of a South African Diploma, or a third of a Safety or Construction Safety degree, in the scheme backed by construction institutes and employers.
The skills value of membership to a voluntary association, which the SACPCMP initiatlly said would by ‘one or two points’ (see older poasts on Sheqafrica.com), has crept up to five points, and appears to be over-valued.
The arrangement duplicates cost and portofolio of evidence (POE) efforts, on top of the cost and effort of a cumbersome ane elaborate registration process, under extensive criticism for attempting to ‘professionalise’ multi-disciplinary generalists with training and income at unprofessional levels.
The SACPCMP registration process also adds the cost and effort to complete doubtful essays, exams, CPD rendered by an online training contractor, and interviews at the higher levels.
Health and safety scope of services
The scope of services of a construction health and safety Agent; and Manager (not provided for in legislation, but provided for in a designation); and Officer, differs between training and practice, and the Construction Regulations Amendment.
The SACPCMP seems intent to bridge the skills differences by its registration exams, intended to test knowledge and experience, and some of its CPD exercises, or training in disguise.
The terms of the SAQA recognition as a registrar, prohibits professional bodies from training applicants.
The mining industry has instead resorted to the new vocational training authority, the QCTO, for which it drafted a general health and safety practitioner training standard to apply to all industries (see a post on the forthcoming curriculum standard on Sheqafarica.com).
Construction employers, their bodies such as Master Builders, Buildsafe SA, other professions such as Engineering Council and Safcec, who designed the construction safety registration ‘ticket’ system, seems to aim to transfer some moral and legal liability for construction incidents to OHS practitioners, at their own expense, and to avoid tighter regulation of construction employers and Clients.
The requirement to appoint registered construction OHS practitioners, would theoretically apply to all construction employers, including public works, parastatals such as Tekom, Eskom, Sasol; construction in mining, excavations and so on, from August 2015.
Some construction companies are already advertising for registered construction health and safety agents, managers and officers, despite the current exemption, and despite the absence of the term ‘CHS Manager’ in the regulations.
OHS practitioners fear that the DOL would expand the scheme to other industries, further blocking access to jobs and mobility.
* Sources; SACPCMP. Safcec. Sheqafrica.com
* See more than 30 points of opposition that have been raised against construction safety registration, on Sheqafrica.com, in the post ‘Comments on construction health and safety registration’.
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