The August Ttechnology Evening was again hosted at the Centurion Country Club, which kindly sponsored 50% of the cost of the venue. The presentation was given by du Toit Grobler from ECSA on the topic “Professional Engineering Registration”.
The talk covered areas such as: “What is a profession?” Namely: “A profession is a learned calling which requires advanced knowledge, understanding and abilities gained from intensive and specialised education, training and practical experience.”
In order to register professionally, there are two requirements:
1. Academic exit level qualification.
2. Practical post qualification training at the appropriate engineering level for the category, and in the discipline of registration concerned.
Du Toit also introduced ECSA and its scope e.g. it is a statutory body setting academic standards, assisting with professional development and registration, identification of engineering work, defining and enforcing professional conduct, act as government liaison and promote international recognition.
Some reasons for registering were provided along with considerations to be observed such as the risks associated with engineering work and factors that must be considered to safeguard health and safety. Du Toit provided an overview of respective registration categories, qualifications and experience required to be registered. One of the latest developments with the new engineering process is the introduction of the eleven outcomes, which must be achieved in order to register.
The process to register was also discussed and a short presentation done by Nico Marneweck from Yokogawa on how to claim CPD points online for a presentation previously presented by IFM at the Tshwane/PTA branch. Du Toit also elaborated on the level of training required and shared tips on how to prepare an application report were provided.
Call to action: Please join the Professional Services Standards sub committee.
The aforementioned is in the process of being established to increase ‘market maturity’ in relation to:
1. Defining job descriptions along with roles and responsibilities for jobs typically found within our industry.
2. Promoting the adoption of the principle of “Front End Loading” by customers, which has significant advantages such as reduced reworks due to clearly defined specifications, technology/migration roadmaps, risk assessments, etc.
3. Developing standardised solutions e.g. software libraries and broader adoption of programming “best practices”, etc.
4. Promoting the adoption of project and quality management principles based on “best practices” to ensure a uniform approach to projects.
5. Research methods.
6. Considerations for estimators/tenderers, etc.
The idea is to leverage synergies across projects to maintain a minimum acceptable standard. Should you wish to form part of this sub-committee kindly contact Petrus Klopper 082 559 7457, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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