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Construction health and safety qualifications and salaries

Construction health and safety qualifications and salaries noted by the SACPCMP reveals that managers earn twice as much as officers.

The criteria and figures were noted at the launch of the Construction Regulations 2014, and appointment of SACPCMP as registrar of construction health and safety Agents, Managers and Officers in February 2014.

Average construction health and safety OFFICER salaries are;
R4 500 lowest level
R8 393 entry level
R13 906 intermediate, 5 years experience
R15 000 high average
R20 531 high level.

Average construction health and safety MANAGERS salaries are;
R6 000 lowest level
R21 062 entry level
R29 250 intermediate, 5 years experience
R35 000 high average
R41 375 high level.

Registration volumes expected

Based on Stats SA trends of last year, SACPCMP expects to register about 3500 practitioners [UPDATE 2017: The total SACPCMP registered construction safety professionals are only 320, including 263 CHS Officers; 14 CHS Managers; and 43 CHS Agents.

A further 342 applicants are ready to be registered, but have not paid either the Application fee; Exam fee; Registration fee; or Annual fee.

By the end of 2016 there were 10 000 applications for construction safety registration “in process”.

The Competition Commission has ruled fixing of health and safety consulting fees as unconstitutional. See also this update on construction health and safety registration:]

[Back to the report of 2014:] The total number of people employed in construction is 1-million. The ratio of professional or managerial people to workers is about 1 to 13.

An estimate found that health and safety personnel are about 2% of the total in construction, expected to register at these levels;
217 CHS Agents
290 CHS Managers
3000 CHS Officers

Construction health and safety knowledge areas to be tested in exams and interviews 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.

Construction health and safety officer qualifications

The SACPCMP lists a range of optional qualifications as a prerequisite for registration as a construction health and safety OFFICER, each requiring a certain number of years of practical experience in addition;

OHS programmes at NQF Level 3 to 5 plus 4 years, or
OHS learnership certificate level 3 plus 3 years, or
National Diploma in safety plus 2 years, or
BTech in safety plus 1 year, or
BCom operational risk management plus 1 year; or
Construction management National Diploma plus OHS programmes plus 3 years, or
BSc or BTech plus OHS programmes plus 2 years; or
Enviro National Diploima plus OHS programmes plus 3 years
BSc Enviro plus OHS programmes plus 2 years.

CHS officer registration steps

Applicants must deliver or mail a Letter, CV, Supporting documents, Project Report, Project Profile/s of 4 years, two 1500-word essays, and the application fee.

The assessment process includes Documentation, Expert Assessment by three assessors, Moderation (if required), Recommendation, or Deferral.

The exam process includes an Invitation, Examination Fee, and a paper or three hours on practical implementation of construction health and safety controls. The registration process includes an Annual fee, Notification, and Registration Certificate.

Officers should already be registered, but this is not enforced by the DOL yet, leaving an unresolved grey area in compliance (see various comments on related posts on

CPD points

Registered practitioners must gain continued professional development points in a five-year cycle, totalling 52 points over five years to allow registration renewal. Membership of a voluntary association adds only 5 points in favour of an applicant. Approved CPD activities on a website run by a private contractor provide this development.

SACPCMP functions

The SACPCMP offers;
• Competency certification for registered persons in Construction project management, Construction management, Construction mentor, or Construction Health and Safety
• Recognition and certification of continuing professional development (CPD)
• Upstream input into education of professionals through mandatory accreditation of tertiary academic programmes
• Intended partnerships with practices to achieve effective mentoring of candidates prior to registration
• A Student Chapter to grow interest in professions.

SACPCMP future plans include DoL access to database, a Mobile Website, a Mobile device application, e-Examinations, and a Hotline. Currently applicants can only transact on the website,

SACPCMP services to the state may expand. An expression of interest was noted at the appointment, to permit the DoL backend access the SDACPCMP online database  for purposes of viewing the registration status for purposes of assist in making a decision of whether to grant construction permits or not.

Both parties may be notified of the misconduct of any registered person working on a construction site with a valid permit from the Department of Labour for purposes of disciplinary and code of conduct.

The SACPCMP may soon validate all training programmes offered by the Department of Labour for purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for SACPCMP-registered Construction Health and Safety Officers.

Regulatory or Statutory Body functions include;

• Acts in the interest of the public and investigates complaints.
• Register practitioners who meet agreed standards of training and practice.
• Works with the profession to agree and oversee minimum standards.
• Sets minimum requirements for continuing professional development (CPD) [The SACPCMP via a contractor also provides CPD at a fee].
• Publishes codes of conduct or ethics.
• Accredits courses, or appoints an independent accreditation board distinct from the professional bodies.
• Liaises with government and other organisations.

Professional or Voluntary Bodies’ functions, according to the SACPCMP, include;
• Ensures members meet their own standards, at least those required by the regulatory body, or higher.
• Ensures members meet requirements for CPD. May provide or recommend suitable courses to members.
• Some professional bodies are linked to specific schools that run and develop courses. Others hold lists of suitable schools.
• Set codes for members, at least at the level required by the regulatory body, or higher.
• Liaise between practitioners and the regulatory body in the case of a complaint.
• Professional bodies may liaise with other organisations and government, but not as the ‘voice’ of the discipline.

SACPCMP accepts that voluntary professional institutes may provide training, however the SAQA policy on professional bodies prohibits the provision of training, and allows only training that is not directly related to the qualifications required for registration. Thus training by voluntary professional bodies is an unresolved grey area.

Strategies to raise health and safety skills levels

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedures are available for all the three registration categories, but is expensive.

Recommended Specialist and Structured Education and Training Programmes in Construction Health and Safety may be developed and offered by universities and training providers. These will vary from short courses to certificate, diploma and degree courses.

Programme Accreditation of Health and Safety qualifications is needed. SACPCM will engage tertiary institutions in developing three-year and four- year qualifications in Construction Health and Safety to be accredited by SACPCMP.

How to apply for construction health and safety registration

Apply online at or by mail, or deliver to SACPCMP office, First floor, Gateway Creek, International Business Gateway, c/o New and 6th Road, Midrand. E-mail applications are not accepted.

The SACPCMP task team members are T Moleko, Wesley Longueira (Irca), I Musonda, James Flint (Safsec), J Agumba, Frank Cotton (Safsec), George Kleinsmit, I Ntshangase, M Nhlapo, Joep Joubert (Iosm and OSPB), R Murray, L Dicks, B Brits, W Monrole (probably Wensley Misrole; Irca, Safety First Association), G Komane, P Maphaha (DOL), S Gwavu, Tibor Szana (DOL), Anton Krause (Achasm), I Cassiem (CIDB), Claire Deacon (academic), M Honu, Prof John Smallwood (academic).

The registrar list these organisations, as well as Master Builders and IOSM /OHSAP as a contributor, and noted that they had about 50 meetings with IOSM leader Ray Strydom. However Strydom is not listed as a task team member, and OHSAP had changed into OSPB, led by Joubert, who is also a consultant to the SACPCMP.

Disclaimer; Different interpretations of some aspects of the Construction Regulations Amendment of 2014 are possible. Procedures, criteria and fees of SACPCMP registration may change.

Sources; SACPCMP. DOL.

[update inserts are from, sourced from PMG and DPW]

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