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.
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