FAQ’s2021-10-21T10:53:13+00:00
Under what circumstances is a registered person required to return their certificate?2021-10-13T09:32:15+00:00

It is a requirement of Section 23 of the Act (Act No. 48 of 2000) that any person must whose registration has been cancelled in terms of this Act must return his/her certificate to the Registrar within thirty (30) days from the date on which he/she is directed by the Registrar in writing to do so.

What are the benefits of registration?2021-10-13T09:32:01+00:00

There are numerous benefits that accrue from being a registered person to the individual, client bodies, employers’ organisations, construction industry, the general public and these even though not exhaustive are as hereunder:

Benefits for Registered Persons

A registered person is accredited by a statutory body to perform work identified for the profession he/she is registered for. Furthermore, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) ensures that the professional keeps abreast of the latest development in the profession.

Benefits for Employers/Clients

Employers/clients have the assurance that work is done according to best practice. The knowledge that the professionals’ own reputation is at stake serves as an assurance for the client/employers. There is a route to discipline non-compliant professionals. Persons who act unprofessionally are removed from the roll and are not able to work in the industry in terms of section 20(1)(a)(i) and 19(3)(v) of the Act

Benefits for Industry

Registration benefits the industry by raising the profile of the professions and by also eradicating tainted perceptions. Registered persons are seen as truly professional and attract better and more interest from students.

Benefits for General Public

Act No. 48 if 2000 was passed to protect the public. Registered professionals are less likely to take unacceptable risks that affect the environment, lower standards and endanger the safety of workers.

What competencies are required to be a registered Professional Mentor?2021-10-13T09:31:46+00:00

The applicant must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • • demonstrate the ability to transfer skills and assess a contractor’s capabilities
  • • demonstrate competence in construction contract administration
  • • demonstrate technical competence in one or more construction disciplines
  • • demonstrate competence in commercial aspects of contracting
  • • demonstrate competence in construction project management
How frequently do I renew my registration?2021-10-13T09:31:30+00:00

Registration is renewed on an annual basis for which invoices are normally issued in December of each year.  The prescribed period for paying the annual fee is three months that is from the 1st January until 31st March.

Are applicants who apply for candidature expected to submit reports?2021-10-13T09:31:16+00:00

No, only applicants applying for professional status are required to submit reports.

Are applicants allowed to apply for Professional Category without being registered firstly as a Candidate2021-10-13T09:31:00+00:00

Yes, an applicant can apply directly to be assessed for Professional Category on the condition that they are in possession of an accredited recognised qualification in the Built Environment field of study that is further supplemented by relevant years of practical experience.

What are the requirements for registration in terms of qualifications and years of experience for registrations as Professional Construction Project Managers/Construction Managers?2021-10-13T09:30:43+00:00

The years of relevant experience are determined by the type of accredited qualification that the applicant possesses as outlined below:

• National Diploma in the Built Environment field of study must have seven years post graduate relevant practical experience
• National Higher Diploma in the Built Environment field of study must have six years post graduate relevant practical experience
• Bachelor of Technology/ Bachelor’s Degree in the Built Environment field of study must have five years post graduate relevant practical experience
• BSc Honours Degree in the Built Environment field of study must have four years post graduate relevant practical experience

What are the requirements for registration in terms of qualification and years of experience for Candidate Construction Managers/ Construction Project Managers?2021-10-13T09:30:26+00:00

The applicant must possess the following accredited qualifications:

  • National Diploma in the Built Environment field of study (not a trade diploma) must have three years post graduate relevant experience
  • National Higher Diploma in the Built Environment field of study must have 2 years post graduate relevant practical experience
  • B-Tech/Bachelor’s Degree in the Built Environment field of study must have one year post graduate relevant practical experience
  • BSc Honours in the Built Environment field of study for which there is no requirement to have any post graduate relevant experience

Footnote

The specifics of the acceptable qualifications as well as the accredited programmes are readily accessible from the website and these are only the qualifications that are from Academic Universities and Universities of Technology

What is the procedure for registered Candidates to upgrade to Professional status?2021-10-13T09:30:09+00:00

The procedure is that at the completion of the prescribed Candidature period, registered Candidates will submit the following for consideration of their upgrading to professional status:

  • •  Upload Logbook that is signed by the Candidate Mentor
  • •  Upload Curriculum Vitae as per SACPCMP template
  • •  Upload Certified copy of Identity Document/Pass port
  • •  Upload Certified copies of educational qualifications
  • •  Upload Project Profile as per annexure A1
  • •  Upload Project Reports as per annexure A2

Footnote

All registered candidates are required to submit logbooks on an annual basis for the duration of their prescribed candidature period for assessment to guide them in their professional development

What is the requirement for foreign applicants who want to register with SACPCMP?2021-10-13T09:29:50+00:00

All applicants with foreign qualifications are required to obtain a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation of their qualification and will thereafter be assessed for their competency along the lines of (7) and (8) above

How do I apply through the RPL route?2021-10-13T09:29:36+00:00

The RPL route of application follows two (2) phases:

In the first (1st) phase, you apply through the normal Council application process, submitting your reports. The assessors will then assess your competencies acquired and identify the category you best fit, CPM or CM. If perceived competent you will then be recommended for RPL.

The second (2nd) phase: the applicant will have to pay the RPL fee. Once paid, he will be briefed about the process and he will be required to compile the Portfolio of Evidence as per the prescribed format. The POE will be assessed. If he/she is successful, he/she will be recommended for the professional interview.

How much is the application fee?2021-10-13T09:29:17+00:00

Non-refundable applicable application fee must be paid to our bank and submit proof of payment together with application form or you can submit the application form and you will be invoiced the applicable amount.  The application fee is published every year on the website. If you apply online the invoice will be automatically generated.

How do you apply?2021-10-13T09:29:05+00:00

You can apply online and upload all your relevant documents such as a copy of certified ID, certified copies of qualifications, Curriculum Vitae and reports.

Is the code of conduct binding to all registered persons?2021-10-13T09:28:50+00:00

The code of conduct is applicable and binding to all registered persons regardless of category registered in.

How can I lodge a complaint against a registered person?2021-10-13T09:28:30+00:00

The complaint should be lodged through the Complainant Affidavit that is available within the website.

Is registration compulsory?2021-10-13T09:28:15+00:00

Section 18(2) of the Act (Act 48 of 2000) categorically state that a person cannot practice as a Professional Construction Project Manager or Professional Construction Manager unless he/she is registered in that category.

Who needs to Register?2021-10-13T09:28:02+00:00

In terms of the Construction Regulations 2014, Reg 5(5)(7) and Reg 8(16) any “Agent” appointed to represent the client and any appointed Construction Health and Safety Officer must be registered.

How to Register?2021-10-13T09:27:50+00:00

The preferred option is to apply online and upload all supporting documents to your profile (BIO in slots provided). Visit the website www.sacpcmp.org.za and follow the registration links.

Online templates and tutorials are available to assist you in the process. Just follow the links provided.

Kindly familiarise yourself with the requirements and criteria for each category of registration.

You can access all information via your cellphone (android) by sending the word “summary” to 32284.

Can I submit a second application and what should I do?2021-10-13T09:27:35+00:00

You may submit a second application in a different category whilst the first is being processed or if you are already registered. Apply online by creating a complete new profile and submit all documents and information as would have been done on your first application

The two profiles need to remain separate until both are in the final registration phase. The application that has become redundant will then be closed as you can only be registered in one category.

How do you book for an examination?2021-10-13T09:27:24+00:00

Once you have successfully passed the assessment phase you will receive a letter and invoice to notify you that you may write an examination. You will receive an email once you have paid your examination fee with a link that will direct you to the online booking page or you can go on your profile under event registration to amend or book an examination date.

Kindly ensure you keep all your contact details up to date

You can access all information via your cell phone (android) by sending the word “summary” to 32284.

Confirmation Letter, assessment outcomes, examination results or electronic certificate2021-10-13T09:26:09+00:00

You will find your confirmation letter as well as all outcome and result letters uploaded to your profile under the ‘edit bio’ section. To log onto your profile or reset your password please follow link.

What is Candidate Registration2021-10-13T09:25:56+00:00

After assessment and it has been determined that you have the required minimum qualification/ training but have not yet acquired the minimum relevant experience, you may be recommended for deferment for candidate registration for a specified period of time.

There is currently no direct route to candidature registration and can be attained by deferment from application in the different categories only. The guidelines that apply during candidate is available with the log book template.

I have no formal qualification but relevant experience2021-10-13T09:25:27+00:00

Provision has been made for applicants who do not have a formal qualification but have knowledge and experience in the field of Construction Health and Safety. Through the assessment phase the applicants will be recommended to go through the Recognition of prior Learning (RPL) programme. This programme is designed to assess the level of knowledge the individual possesses and credit them for their knowledge base.

Registration Criteria2021-10-13T09:25:07+00:00

All applicants wishing to be registered with the SACPCMP, are required to familiarise themselves with the SACPCMP Registration requirements. All information pertaining to registration is available on the website www.sacpcmp.org.za

For the Health and Safety registration requirements click here

To Apply online click here

How to find a mentor and how do I become a mentor?2021-10-13T09:24:55+00:00

Any registered professional can mentor a candidate in the same category or lower.

As a registered person you can give your information to the Council if you are interested. Council will compile the list of interest mentors and distribute it to all candidates that require a mentor. A list of mentors will also be available on the website www.sacpcmp.org.za.

How long is the Registration process?2021-10-13T09:24:43+00:00

The registration process is made up of different phases. In order for Council to process your application you are required to submit all required documentation and pay the application fee.

Council will then do a standard pre-assessment to confirm whether all documentation is in the correct format, a Council verification letter will then be issued.

After the pre-assessment phase the application gets sent to appointed registered professionals for assessment, the outcome of the assessment is formally communicated to you and depending on the outcome may require you to respond to the recommendation.

You will be formally invited for examinations or interview and after successful completion you will process to registration.

Due to the backlog of registration and a very intensive process, specific time frames cannot be provided. To expedite the process applicants are required to ensure:

•  All documents are uploaded to their profiles

•  All documents meet the requirements as set out on the website sacpcmp.org.za

•  Regular update of information on the profile, communication is dependent on your email address.

•  Ensure timeous payment of invoices and ensure to use the invoice reference number in the payment. This will ensure correct allocation of payment and timeous updating of your status.

How will I know if an activity/course is validated by SACPCMP?2021-10-15T09:15:03+00:00
  • Ask the service provider for the SACPCMP validation number
  • Check the validation number on the website
  • Ensure that the validation number reflects on your certificates

 

If an activity/course is not validated by SACPCMP but rather another statutory or voluntary body, will it be considered as a validated course?2021-10-15T09:16:13+00:00

SACPCMP is an independent statutory body, so if an activity or course is not validated by the Council, it will be treated as an unvalidated course.

If I have more than 50 CPD points at the end of the CPD cycle, can my points be transferred to the next cycle?2021-10-15T09:16:00+00:00

Only 10 CPD hours from Category can be transferred to the next CPD cycle

If I have more than required CPD hours for Category A, can they be transferred to Category B or C?2021-10-15T09:16:41+00:00

No. Unfortunately, each category has its significance in your CPD, so you need to accumulate CPD hours for each category.

What is the relevant evidence for each CPD activity?2021-10-15T09:17:03+00:00

Each CPD activity is different, therefore, evidence differs for every activity. Contact the CPD Coordinator for Acceptable Evidence.

Can I submit CPD activities that I did prior my registration?2021-10-15T09:17:27+00:00

No. Activities that were done prior to registration will be considered as CPD activities.

What happens if I do not comply after 5 years?2021-10-15T09:18:02+00:00

You will be given 12 months grace period for you to be able to comply. If you are still not compliant at the end of that year, deregistration will follow.

What do I need to apply for a CPD exemption2021-10-15T09:18:47+00:00
  • You need to be in good standing with the Council.
  • Submit a letter of request, affidavit and ID copy to the CPD Coordinator
  • Upon approval, you will be give 12 months of CPD exemption
When can I apply for an exemption?2021-10-15T09:19:38+00:00

You can apply for an exemption at anytime during your CPD cycle for the following reasons:

  • retirement
  • temporary withdrawal from professional practice
  • extended leave due to illness or relocation
Who Should I Register Through as a Building Inspector in South Africa?2021-10-21T07:15:10+00:00

The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) is the regulatory authority in South Africa that will register building inspectors as from October 2019.

Why Do Building Inspectors Have to Register?2021-10-21T07:15:37+00:00

This new registration category for building inspectors is aimed at protecting the public from substandard building practices as well as boosting the professionalism of the sector. This registration will provide a standard scope of service to ensure that all stakeholders have clear indicators in terms of the requirements and expectations pertaining to building inspectors.  Furthermore, the registration will provide a foundation for the professionalisation of building inspectors within South Africa and help to further the legitimisation of this occupational practice.

What is the Benefit of Registering as a Building Inspector?2021-10-21T07:23:00+00:00

In addition to providing a foundation for the professionalisation of the building inspectors’ profession, registration will provide the public with:

  • Gratification in the knowledge that there are specific standards set for persons who are registered as Building Inspectors;
  • A clear understanding of what can be expected in performance;
  • Reduced risks in service provision;
  • A safer built environment.

If you are a Building Inspector, this professional registration will provide you with:

  • Clear guidelines of the expectations for registration qualifications and experience levels required to register in a specific category;
  • Improved standards within your industry and the professional endorsement of ethical conduct within the Building Inspectors
  • Enhanced reputation for credibility, efficiency and authority within the overall Construction Management family of professions and the wider Built Environment management professions in general.
How do I register as a Building Inspector?2021-10-21T07:23:56+00:00

To register as a building inspector, visit SACPCMP website (www.sacpcmp.org.za) and click on the Building Inspector Tab. This will take you through to the registration portal.

 

How Long Does Registration Take?2021-10-21T07:24:34+00:00

The registration period depends on how quickly documentation and registration requirements are completed by the person registering.  While it is hoped that the registration process will take six to eight weeks working weeks, failure to submit the required forms (such as qualifications, your logbook or ID documents) or payment can delay your registration indefinitely.  So its really up to you!

What are the Proposed Costs of Registration?2021-10-21T07:25:27+00:00

Application Fee:          R300.00

Exam Fee:                       R1100.00

Registration Fee:        R1180.00 (Certified Building Inspector) R1205.00 (Professional Building Inspector)

Interview Fee:               R3800.00 (Professional Building Inspector)

Annual Fee:                    R3350 (Certified Building Inspector) R3970 (Professional Building Inspector)

Who Needs to Register? How do I Know if I need to Register?2021-10-21T07:25:57+00:00

If you are a building inspector working in or with National, Provincial or Local Government departments or the NHBRC to perform regulated inspections, you will need to register.

Also, if you are a building inspector working in or with a private institution, appointed directly to inspect construction to ensure compliance to specification, you too will need to register.

 

Is this Registration Mandatory?2021-10-21T07:26:24+00:00

At this stage, registration is not mandatory. However, it is highly recommended and will be positively viewed in terms of the professionalism of building inspectors working within South Africa.

What are the Different Categories of Registration?2021-10-21T07:37:23+00:00

Two registration categories will be available to building inspectors: Certified Building Inspector and Professional Building Inspector.

  1. Certified Building Inspector

Certified Building Inspectors are required to follow the prescribed registration process, and subject themselves to the assessment of professional competency and experience requirements as set out for the registration category: Certified Building Inspector (CBInsp).

To register as a Building Inspector, set criteria and competency requirements must be met in full and to the satisfaction of the SACPCMP.  Certified Building Inspectors shall be expected to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the National Building Regulations, Codes and Standards at managerial and operational levels, with the ability to plan, conduct and co-ordinate relevant compliance inspections and take the relevant action against deviations and non-compliance of the approved plans or the relevant Acts.

Certified Building Inspector Responsibilities:

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and application of:

    • Relevant National, Provincial and Municipal Acts;
    • National Building Codes, Standards and Specifications;
    • Law enforcement – specific powers of the inspector and procedures required to address deviations and non-compliances in terms of the approved plans, codes or Acts;
    • Inspection processes to ensure that building projects meet the structural, safety, fire protection, energy saving and accessibility requirements of the National Building Regulations;
    • Communication skills in order to:
      • co-ordinate site inspections with other departments (fire, health, sewerage).
      • advise on building-related issues, specifically regarding approved building plans to reduce technical risks and prevent construction errors.
      • address complaints and respond to building-development related correspondence in an effective and efficient manner.
    • Documentation processes to:
      • give assurance that building projects achieve legal building certification.
      • issue relevant Certificates of Occupancy.
      • prepare site inspection reports and legal notices in cases of unauthorised building work or building regulation contraventions
      • serving legal notices in the correct manner including attending court where deemed necessary.
    • The principles of quality control and quality assurance;
    • The requirements for proper construction health and safety practises and the necessary steps required to correct/prevent unsafe conditions;
    • Innovative construction technologies.

2. Professional Building Inspector

Professional Building Inspectors are required to follow the prescribed registration process and subject themselves to an assessment of professional competency and experience requirements as set out for the registration category: Professional Building Inspector (PrBInsp).

To register as a Building Inspector, set criteria and competency requirements must be met in full and to the satisfaction of the SACPCMP.  The Professional Building Inspector shall be expected to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the National Building Regulations, Codes and Standards at managerial and operational levels, with the ability to plan, conduct and co-ordinate relevant compliance inspections and take the relevant action against deviations and non-compliance of the approved plans or the relevant Acts.

Professional Building Inspector Responsibilities:

The applicant must demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of:

    • Relevant National, Provincial and Municipal Acts;
    • National Building Codes, Standards and Specifications;
    • Law enforcement – specific powers of the inspector and procedures required to address deviations and non-compliance in terms of the approved plans, codes or Acts;
    • Inspection processes to ensure that building projects meet the structural, safety, fire protection, energy saving and accessibility requirements of the National Building Regulations;
    • Communication skills in order to:
      • co-ordinate site inspections with other departments (fire, health, sewerage).
      • advise on building-related issues, specifically regarding approved building plans to reduce technical risks and prevent construction errors.
      • address complaints and respond to building-development related correspondence in an effective and efficient manner.
    • Documentation processes to:
      • give assurance that building projects achieve legal building certification.
      • issue relevant Certificates of Occupancy.
      • prepare site inspection reports and legal notices in cases of unauthorised building work or building regulation contraventions.
      • serving legal notices in the correct manner including attending court where deemed necessary.
    • The principles of quality control and quality assurance;
    • The requirements for proper construction health and safety practises and the necessary steps required to correct/prevent unsafe conditions;
    • Innovative construction technologies.

 

What Do I Need to Register in Terms of Documentation?2021-10-21T07:41:25+00:00

A person who wishes to be registered as a Certified Building Inspector must apply on the prescribed application and provide the following:

  • Non-refundable application fee as determined by the Council;
  • A certified copy of the applicant’s identification document;
  • Copies of valid educational qualifications;
  • Curriculum Vitae of the applicant in the prescribed format;
  • Reports in the prescribed format;
  • Proof of involvement in initial professional development;
  • Proof of registration with other professional bodies.
  • Accredited or recognised and appropriate qualifications (see Annexure 1 for details);
  • Relevant experience in the built environment, with specific detail on construction experience;
  • Examination;
  • Upon registration as a Certified Building Inspector, the applicant will be required to adhere to the SACPCMP Code of Conduct and be involved in Continuing Professional Development for maintaining registration as prescribed in the CPD Policy Framework.

A person who wishes to be registered as a Professional Building Inspector must apply on the prescribed application and provide the following:

  • Non-refundable application fee as determined by the Council;
  • A certified copy of the applicant’s identification document;
  • Copies of valid educational qualifications;
  • Curriculum Vitae of the applicant in the prescribed format;
  • Reports in the prescribed format;
  • Proof of involvement in initial professional development;
  • Proof of registration with other professional bodies.
  • Accredited or recognised and appropriate qualifications (see Annexure 1 for details);
  • Relevant experience in the Built Environment, with specific detail on construction experience;
  • Professional interview;
  • Upon registration as a Professional Building Inspector, the applicant will be required to adhere to the SACPCMP Code of Conduct and be involved in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for maintaining registration as prescribed in the CPD Policy Framework.
Two Councils within the Built Environment seem to be Registering Building Inspectors – The SACPCMP and SACAP. What is the difference between these two registrations?2021-10-21T07:41:52+00:00

The SACPCMP is responsible for the registration of building inspectors, within the two categories – Certified Building Inspector and Professional Building Inspector – as specified in the gazetted (Gazette Number: 42676) SACPCMP Building Inspector Registration Scope of Services.

Going further, this matter is being handled at senior levels of the various stakeholders with an outcome pending.

Under What Authority Does the SACPCMP Register Building Inspectors?2021-10-21T07:49:42+00:00

The SACPCMP, as a regulatory authority, is established to advance project and construction management and Construction Health & Safety professions in South Africa to protect public interests and contribute towards the promotion of the built environment (the SACPCMP is empowered under Section 18(1)(c) of the SACPCMP Act (Act No 48 of 2000) to prescribe any specified category it deems fit).

As such, the Council will facilitate the registration of Building Inspectors with the purposes of:

  • Providing a foundation for the professionalisation of Building Inspectors;
  • Providing a standard scope of service to ensure that all stakeholders have clear indicators;

For more information, visit www.sacpcmp.org.za

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