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South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions

In South Africa, it is required that all buildings, including homes, are to be erected in accordance with the National Building Regulations (NBR) and Building Standards Act of 1977 to ensure both technical and quality standards are maintained.

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;
  • Legitimising of the Building Inspectorate occupational practice.

Background

In November 2015, the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) and SACPCMP assigned a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure interrogate the need for and then develop a registration and certification of Building Inspectors process. It was envisaged that the professionalisation of building inspectors would significantly contribute towards ensuring that all buildings are built according to National standards and good structural integrity for the benefit of consumers.

The NHBRC commissioned a study which highlighted important factors that could transform the enforcement and monitoring of building regulations in all construction projects by establishing a regulatory framework for all building inspectors in the construction sector.

The objectives of the study were to:

  • Conduct a nationwide situational analysis and baseline determination of the overall size, composition, demographic and educational levels of Building Inspectors.
  • Determine the status of the current numbers (per occupational levels and functional areas of responsibility) and actual number of vacancies.
  • Determine total volume, skills complement, and type of work conducted by Building Inspectors per occupational category in the different spheres of government.
  • Determine the number of Building Inspectors employed and practicing in the public and private sectors.
  • Make recommendations on:
    • The scope of services for categories of registration, criteria for eligibility and proposed registration process for Building Inspectors.
    • The technical skills/needs of Building Inspectors as well as the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) regulatory regime proposed for implementation.
    • The availability of technical courses recommended for the professional development of Building Inspectors.
    • Regulatory measures for the professionalisation of Building Inspectors in compliance with statutory provisions for the Construction Management professions.
    • Statutory amendments to be affected by the regulator to enforce the regulatory measures.
    • A model for the successful implementation of the regulatory strategy.

A Building Inspectors Task Team was constituted (in terms of Section 17 of the SACPCMP Act {Act No 48 of 2000}) to advise the Council on all matters relating to the registration of Building Inspectors. The Task Team members comprised representatives from government entities, academia and the private sector. This team were responsible for developing the current registration criteria and processes.

Benefits of Registration

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.