The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) is established through the Project and Construction Management Professions Act 48 of 2000, hereafter referred to as ‘the Act’ to provide for the registration of professionals. According to Section 1 (xiv) of the Act, registration is defined as assessment of competency of applicants for the purpose of registration under the act and entering the names of the applicants who qualify into a register.

The South Africa Qualifications Authority (SAQA) in its National Policy for the Implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) defines RPL as “the principles and processes through which the prior knowledge and skills of a person are made visible, mediated, and assessed for the purposes of alternative access and admission, recognition and certification, or further learning and development”. Furthermore, RPL provides alternative access into a programme of learning or professional designation.