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The Road to Professional Certification

It is no secret that the South African Electric Fence Installers Association is looking to become a professional certified body. According to SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority), such an association seeking certification and official recognition as an authority in the field will need be able to represent the industry at all levels and also be able to meet with certain requirements.

These requirements summarised include:

  • The proposed body must be legally constituted.
  • The best interests of consumers and the members belonging to the body must be protected.
  • Various designations and information will need to be available on how members can qualify for certification and a set of rules that must be adhered to and monitored in order to develop and maintain the designation.
  • A membership list must be provided to SAQA.
  • A continuous professional development program must be in place to enhance and constantly improve on the skills of members.
  • A code of conduct must be published along with the course of action to be followed when members are found in violation thereof. There should be strict requirements in terms of designations and the qualifications required to achieve such set in place. This will ensure that members of the organisation will be rightfully certified and quality service providers can be recognised.

SAQA has advised that should the South African Electric Fence Installers Association become a recognised body, they will be responsible for setting standards for training according to NQF standards, but that’s not all. The body will also be involved in quality assurance in the industry, using the code of conduct to effectively discipline members and ensuring that skills are updated according to the continuous development programs in place. Of course the body will not possess authority to issue licenses to practice and can also not control the sector that it is currently operating in. Salaries and services are also determined by service providers, and not the body.

Following a meeting that took place in mid July to discuss the above matters, the association is going ahead with applying for registration, which could take between 6 and 8 months. In the mean time an interim steering committee has been formed which is tasked with ensuring that the association remains within the limitations and guidelines in place for any professional body operating in this particular field. Once the first constitution has been drawn up, industry officials and members will be called to meeting to discuss the finalisation of the body. SAQA will then be able to approve or deny the application.

With the introduction of this particular professional body to the industry we expect to see great things in terms of product quality, workmanship and client services in the security industry.

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Electrical Compliance – Your Right to Safe and Hassle-Free Installation

It is important to know your rights when it comes to electrical compliance. The Electrical Installation Regulations Act of 2009 regulates who is authorised to carry out electrical work as well as issuing Certificates of Compliance (CoC) and Test Reports so as to protect the users of electricity. It is important for consumers to understand what this means for them in order to remain compliant to electrical usage and ensure they are protected from liability.

You have a CoC but your installation is not functioning properly.

It is very important for consumers to understand that CoC’s and Test Reports ensure the safety of an installation but not necessarily the functionality. A property may have plug points or light switches that do not fully function while still being certified as compliant.

To ensure the quality of the work request your contractors registration documents from the Department of Labour and always use a contractor registered with the ECB(SA) (Electrical Contractors Boards South Africa) as they will mediate disagreements between contractors and clients and guarantee the work of their members up to R15,000.00

You would like to transfer your Certificate of Compliance when selling your home

You are only allowed to transfer your CoC and Test Report if they are less than two years old otherwise the electrical installation will have to be retested to ensure you are selling a property that excludes you from liability and complies with regulations.

Does CoC cover your appliances?

The Certificate of Compliance and Test Report encompasses the point of origin (DB Board) to the outlet and thus does not include external appliances such as air conditioners, lights, geysers, stoves etc but does include the fixed wired appliances like distribution boards, light switches, socket outlets and wall mounted isolators.

For more information please contact Amlec and speak to a certified electrical contractor for more professional advice. We offer a range of electrical services and only employ certified contractors to ensure your experience with us is stress free.