SACPCMP registration criteria and data

Construction health and safety officials have 18 months to apply for SACPCMP registration. By January 2014, 21 were registered and 191 have applied.

There is an 18 month grace period after promulgation, expected to be on 10 February 2014, “allowing reasonable time for those practicing in construction health and safety to apply,” said SA Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) Construction Health and Safety executive Anthony Forgey.

The current number of professional SACPCMP registration at the different levels are;
12 registered (87 applied) Professional CHS Agents
9 registered (44 applied) CHS Managers
0 registered (60 applied) CHS Officers.

Responding to queries from Sheqafrica.com on the registration process, Forgey said;
• Professional Construction Health and Safety Agents undergo a professional interview.
• CHS Managers write a three-hour exam on CHS Officer functions, and a three-hour exam based on practical and theoretical construction health and safety management controls.
• CHS Officers write a three-hour exam based primarily on practical implementation of construction health and safety controls.
“These examinations test the applicant’s current body of knowledge, skills and experience and as such, cannot be prepared for,” in the same way as learning from a curriculum.

Competition Commission could stop construction safety registration

Construction health and safety scope of service

Construction health and safety knowledge areas relevant to the scope of service include;
• Procurement Management
• Cost Management
• Hazard Identification Management
• Risk Management
• Accident or Incident Investigation Management
• Legislation and Regulations
• Health, Hygiene and Environmental Management
• Communication Management
• Emergency Preparedness Management.

Depending on their level of academic qualification, Construction Health and Safety Officers may have to have a total of seven years of work experience, Managers and Agents may have to have 10 years.

CHS Officer qualifications, or qualifications with additional relevant training, with the required number of years of experience, are;

Programmes in OHS or CHS (NQF Level 3-5) +4 Years
Learnership Certif CHS Management (NQF 3) +3 Years
National Diploma in Safety Management +2 Years
BTech Safety Management +1 Year
BCom Operational Risk Management +1Year

Nat Dip (Bldg, CM, QS, Archt, Civil, Electrical, Mech) +Prog CHS +3 Years
BSc /BTech (Bldg, CM, QS, Archt, Civil, Electr, Mech) +Prog CHS +2 Years

National Diploma enviro or related +Prog CHS +3 Years
BSc enviro or related +Programmes in CHS +2 Years

SACPCMP portfolio of evidence and fees

About the portfolio of evidence (POE ) required for SACPCMP registration, Forgey said a  POE will only be required where applicants apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). “We have not yet had any RPL applicants in construction health and safety.”

Assessment fees of POEs for Professional CHS Agents cost R15 040, and for CHS Managers or Officers cost R7500. There are also applications fees, exam fees, and interview fees. Appeals cost R2695. Assessment takes up to 8 weeks, examination results up to 3 weeks, and registration up to 3 weeks.

Registered practitioners have to renew their registration, and maintain their development in five year cycles of at least 52 CPD points each, with a minimum of 10.5 points per year recommended.

The SACPCMP presents these initial Construction CPD workshops in 2014; Feb 4 in Western Cape; Feb 13 in KwaZulu Natal; Feb 21 in Limpopo; March 6 in the Free State.

The SACPCMP has tested and registered construction project managers for some years. The broad range of built environment professions support its new role in construction health and safety, and support the concept of registration exams in addition to training courses, based on the view that many practitioners have untested experience at a higher level than their formal training.

SACPCMP designations granted by SAQA include a candidate level, Professional Construction Mentor, and Construction Mentor, in the expectation of recognising an apprentice system.

A number of training courses were assessed and accepted as components of qualifications towards registration. The SACPCMP reports to the Minister of Public Works.

Regarding the role of membership or voluntary registration or exams with voluntary associations in the SACPCMP statutory (legally enforced) registration process, Forgey said “membership with recognised voluntary associations is considered and forms part of assessment scoring.  Applicants are specifically requested to list these in their application form.”

However the SACPCMP would be legislated as the “sole host of construction health and safety professions registration,” said Forgey in a presentation in December.

The SACPCMP website cites a CIDB report by three construction safety academics, that notes these problems;
• Lack of health and safety practitioners’ involvement in project initiation and detailed design phase
• Many voluntary associations, but no single voice or authority
• No association has championed the discipline of construction health and safety on a sustained basis
• Lack of management commitment and inadequate supervision
• Inadequate or a lack of H&S training
• A misguided belief that a safety file equates to or guarantees construction safety.

Among the recommendations in the CIDB report (as posted on Sheqafrica.com about three years ago), included establishing of minimum competence standards and accreditation for client appointed HS agents by the Construction Regulations, and establishing an HS agency as a focus point for the promotion, awareness, information, advice and promotion of research on construction H&S.

That recommended agency has since turned out to be an extension of the functions of the SACPCMP from project management to include construction health and safety.

• The  SACPCMP is based at International Business Gateway, 1st Floor Gateway Creek, Corner New Road and 6th Road, Midrand, 011 318 3402, fax 086 226 9234, www.sacpcmp.org.za

• See a post with the programme for the promulgation and launch of the Construction Regulations Amendment 2014 on 10 February, on Sheqarica.com

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15 thoughts on “SACPCMP registration criteria and data

  1. Would like to find out what will happen if one does not register?

    I’m working for a small construction company the mines e.g. Anglo, Lonmin and Impala.

    If one cant afford the registration fee’s, is there an alternative way of paying?

    Please respond

    1. Jacques
      It would be premature to speculate what the effect of non-registration would be until the Competitions Commission has made their decision on the SACPCMP application for exemption of Professional Rules.
      But, if they are successful, a person not registered with the SACPCMP will not be allowed to work on any site where construction work is performed.
      This itself is also speculative, as we do not know at this stage what construction work would be or exclude from the current definition.
      Bookmark this comment, as we will be able to give more insights after 10 Feb.
      At this stage, I would not be too worried, as the process will be implimented over 12 to 18 months.

  2. Hi, I would like to know what must I do in order to be registered, how much is gonna cost me and what I will be benefiting for been a member at the end?

    Safe regards

    Elias

    1. “what I will be benefiting for been a member at the end?”

      Good question Elias

      The answer? The same as voting for the government that created this system. The rich gets richer, and the poor gets f______d.!
      But some people asked us to “let the bodies run”!

    2. Overarching benefits of registration

      Being listed on a register that is a public document which is available to the general public and private bodies(Not unless you register as a website user)
      Being listed in the register which signifies that you are properly qualified as a practising Construction Mentor in accordance with prevailing legislation.(no other categories mentioned)
      Your competency having been independently attested to by virtue of credentials having been duly verified and accepted by an impartial statutory body (Impartial? Why then have “accredited programs and courses”?)
      Continuously being sensitised to considerations of unsound practices, public health, safety, environmental protection etc. – agree
      Apart from recognition, this leads to improved self-motivation in the registered person on his/her own skills and competence – agree or incompetence

      SA Communist Party Cash Manufacturing Program?

  3. Pieter – get out. You bladdy agent. I am proud to support the CNA, I evens have my cards to prove I am all paid up.

    1. Hallo Koos you CNA supporter!!! I was wondering when you are going to poke your willy in the peanut butter jar F-king nuts!!
      Just like you I’m also getting gatvol. Now they want to register these (what’s that word again?)
      Can you imagine how long a safety file will take to get approved now?
      Stare at file….Stare at tick sheet….Stare at Registration Certificate…..Tick!
      Next item
      Stare at file….Stare at tick sheet….Stare at Registration Certificate…..Tick!
      Next item
      Stare at file….Stare at tick sheet….Stare at Registration Certificate…..Tick! Delete! Cross
      You are not registered File Rejected!!

  4. How serious do you think we need to take these registration applications? Do you think it will get approved that health and safety practioners need to register. Does this mean that any unregistered health and safety practitioner will not be able to work in the field? Even as an employee for a health and safety company?

    In short, does the registration apply for employees or consultants?

    1. Anton

      The registration is going to be mandatory for all OHS Practitioners wanting to work in the Built Environment. Be that as employee, or as Consultant.
      However, if one looks at the penalty clauses in the PCMP Act, only consultants (agents) can be penalised. The penalty is an amount equal to the payment of the services rendered. So if an agent charged R10 000, that will be the penalty. Plus it could also lead to deregistration.
      Not quite sure how the registered employee will be penalised, but I can assume Section 236 of the Criminal Procedures Act, or Section 37(1) of the OSHAct will be applicable and the employer will be liable.
      Nevertheless, clarity will come once the regulation is gazetted.

      1. On further reference, the amount is double.
        “A person convicted of an offence in terms of section 18(2),(Practising without being registered) may be liable to a fine
        equal to double the remuneration received by him or her for work done in contravention
        of section 18(2) or to a fine equal to the fine calculated according to the ratio determined
        for three years imprisonment in terms of the Adjustment of Fines Act, 1991.”

  5. I’m guessing the point of having a SAQA NQF grading is no longer sufficient, now the whole process is duplicated.

    O well, the company will just have to pay the shekels.

    1. Interesting point. I have always said that the NQF is failing.
      If this is the first admission by the DOL that NQF training alone no longer cuts it, then the profession has a future.
      We have seen government intervention in professions such as estate agents and financial advisers, mostly because very few of the practitioners had tertiary qualifications, but only NQF courses. SHE practice is number three.

      So I guess you are right Vincent, NQF grading just is not good enough anymore. My only concern (And we already have the solution figured out) is what would happen to those currently employed or self-employed, not measuring up?

  6. Its all great and well to register, but have you tried to contact the SACPCMP? You get no response…. thus will this work?

  7. Will this amendment be included in the new regulations? It was included in the draft regs a while back.

    6. Supervision of construction work
    (1) The contractor shall appoint one full-time competent employee in writing as the
    construction supervisor, with the duty of supervising all the construction work
    including ensuring occupational health and safety compliance, in the absence of
    the construction supervisor an alternate must be appointed.

    If I read this regulation at face value it states that the site supervisor is responsible for OHS compliance on a full time basis on site.

  8. Here is the new requirement:
    8. (1) A principal contractor must in writing appoint one full-time competent person as the
    construction manager with the duty of managing all the construction work on a single site,
    including the duty of ensuring occupational health and safety compliance, and in the absence of
    the construction manager an alternate must be appointed by the principal contractor.

    So yes, the Construction Manager is responsible in a full-time capacity and carries personal accountability for OHS compliance.

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