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Any person who desires to be registered as a Professional Engineer may lodge an application form with ECSA, which must be complete in all respects to obviate unnecessary delays in the processing of the application.
Applications from persons holding accredited qualifications or qualifications recognised by ECSA in terms of the Washington Accord, will not be subjected to a detailed evaluation of their qualifications. It is a prerequisite, however, that they should at least have had three years of post-qualification training and experience before their applications will be considered. For more information about ECSA’s requirements refer to Policy Statement R2/1A and the relevant Discipline Specific guidelines documents for applying using the Legacy System Application(old registration system) or assessment against ECSA Competency Standards for Professional Engineers Document R-02-PE (New Registration System application).
Applicants who do not hold accredited or recognised qualifications should consult the Criteria and Processes for recognition of Educational Qualifications for Professional Categories document form E-17-P
An application is administratively checked for completeness. If incomplete the applicant is advised of the deficiency which must be rectified as soon as possible. Our experience shows that incomplete and badly prepared applications cause serious delays in the processing and finalisation of applications. It is strongly advised that applicants carefully read the information sheets in the application form and meticulously follow the instructions. Applicants will be expected to have consulted Policy Statement R2/1A and the relevant Discipline Specific Guidelines Documents for the Legacy System Application and the ECSA Competency Standards for Professional Engineers R-02-PE for the New Registration System, and to have completed their application forms strictly in accordance with the requirements. Applications that do not comply with all the requirements will no doubt cause a delay and will reduce an applicant’s chances of being registered. It should be noted that the quality of persons’ applications reflect on their professionalism.
Assuming that an applicant’s qualification is recognised, the process of evaluating the applicant’s training and experience starts. Copies are distributed amongst the members of the relevant Professional Advisory Committees (PAC).
ECSA has established nine PACs, one for each discipline of engineering, and their members are drawn from the various professional engineering institutes. The application is diarised for the next meeting. The PACs meet at regular intervals depending on the number of applications being received for each discipline. This ranges between bi-monthly meetings to once every six months.
Since January 2001 all applicants are required to sit for a compulsory "Professional Review". This entails an interview with the applicant, which is done in collaboration with the Voluntary Associations. The process for Civil Engineering differs from the other disciplines in that all applicants are required to write two essays under examination conditions.
Important Notice
For Professional Engineers and Candidate Engineers Only
As from the 1 April 2016 applications for registration as a Professional Engineer will only be considered in terms of the New Registration System. Applications for registration as a Professional Engineer in terms of the Legacy System will not be applicable or accepted from that date.
The new online registration system (NRS) for Professional Engineers and Candidate Engineers is not yet in operation. (Commencement date to be announced )
Registration changes for other categories will be made available as and when they are finalised. This notice will be updated from time to time.