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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.