There has been an upsurge in the number of qualified engineering practitioners wishing to expedite the registration process. The main reason behind this is a desire to help their firms meet tender requirements which demand that one or more such practitioners are registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).
In an effort to assist, ECSA has promised to accelerate the process if the applicants can demonstrate competence as well as providing full information in their applications.
The professional registration process with ECSA is a comprehensive process of assessment to ascertain that candidate engineering practitioners meet the minimum requirements of registration after a period of at least three years post qualification. The candidacy period demands practical engineering experience and the appropriate level of training.
Currently, only about 40 percent of all applications received are comprehensively completed and ECSA urges applicants to ensure that full information is provided in their applications.
ECSA is therefore appealing to relevant parties to consult its guidelines on the completion of applications for each category of registration as well as the discipline specific guidelines for the various disciplines of engineering.
“As a regulatory body for the engineering profession, we remain committed to ensuring that South African professionals are registered and we will continue exploring better and more expedient ways of bringing everyone on board,” said ECSA acting CEO, Professor Hu Hanrahan.
The average length of time needed to process application forms for professional registration in the four professional categories ranges from three months, for professional certificated engineers, to six months, for professional engineers.
ECSA is aware of the difficulty experienced by persons who expect to be registered within the shortest possible time. However, it is vital that all those wanting to register have their competencies fully assessed against standards which have been determined internationally by obtaining post graduate work experience and being able to demonstrate that the skills developed during the candidacy period allows them to perform the functions of an engineering professional.