The Engineering Professions Act of 2000 paragraph 3 (1) a i stipulates that the council of ECSA (Engineering Council of South Africa) "must be nominated by the voluntary associations, registered persons and prescribed nominating bodies”
This gives the SAIMC insight and participation in the activities of ECSA and this is currently happening through the President’s Council of ECSA.
Paragraph 11 of the same act gives ECSA the power to “consider and decide on any application for registration”. With the SAIMC’s involvement in ECSA, this gives the SAIMC insight and participation in the registration of people within the automation, instrumentation and control fields.
Paragraph 13 (d) then gives ECSA the power to “consult with the South African Qualifications Authority established by the South African Qualifications Authority Act, 1995 (Act No. 58 of 1995), or any body established by it and the voluntary associations, to determine competency standards for the purpose of registration”
Paragraph 14 (e) authorizes ECSA to “advise the Minister, any other Minister or the CBE on any matter relating to the engineering profession”
Paragraph 18 (2) prohibits people working in any category unless they are registered in that category:
- Professional Engineer
- Professional Engineering Technologist
- Professional Certificated Engineer or
- Professional Engineering Technician
“A person may not practice in any of the categories contemplated in subsection (1), unless he or she is registered in that category”
Paragraph 26 of the act specifies ECSA’s responsibilities with regards to the Identification of Work – work that only registered professionals may do. Paragraph 26 1 (a) specifically states that ECSA must consult with all voluntary associations – of which the SAIMC is one.