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Any person who desires to be registered as a Professional Engineering Technician, or as a candidate engineering technician may lodge an appropriate application with ECSA. The application must be complete in all respects to obviate unnecessary delays in the processing of the application.
Applications from persons holding accredited qualifications, including those already registered as candidate engineering technicians, will not be subjected to a detailed evaluation of their qualifications. Any applicant should at least have had three years of post-qualification training and experience before an application will be considered for registration. See Policy Statement R2/1C and the Application Form. For persons wishing to upgrade their existing registration to Professional Engineering Technician, first read Guidelines for Upgrade.
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 sheet in the application form and meticulously follow the instructions. Applicants will be expected to have consulted Policy Statement R2/1C and to have completed their application forms strictly in accordance with the requirements. Applications that do not comply with all the requirements will cause delays. It should be noted that the quality of a person’s application reflects on his or her professionalism.
Assuming that an applicant’s qualification is recognised, the process of evaluating the applicant’s training and experience starts. The number of applications received every month are divided in equal halves and submitted to two subcommittees, at least one month before a meeting. Meetings take place concurrently on a monthly basis. The members of these committees, who are volunteers and evaluate applications in their own spare time, advise the administration of their findings and recommendations and the files are prepared for discussion at the meetings.
If a committee is unanimous in finding that an applicant is registrable, the committee’s decision is reported to the next meeting of the full Registration Committee (which consists of the two subcommittees) but the registration is immediately effected by the administration and the applicant is advised accordingly.
If a committee is not satisfied that an applicant is registrable, the application is referred to the other subcommittee for consideration at its next meeting. This committee considers the application without prior knowledge of the first committee’s decision. If it transpires that the second committee’s decision coincides with the first committee’s decision, the collective decision is implemented by the administration. If the decisions are contrary to each other, the two committees discuss the matter jointly. Each committee is at liberty to obtain such further information as it may require or to have an interview with the candidate before a decision is made.
If the joint decision is to refuse an application, the full Registration Committee makes a recommendation to the Central Registration Committee for ratification. It is the responsibility of the Central Registration Committee to ensure that all the Registration Committees under its structure have applied their minds thoroughly to the merits of each application. The CRC is the most senior committee in the registration hierarchy and is empowered to confirm refusal of an application, which will complete the process, or to refer the application back to the Registration Committee for reconsideration or such other action as may be necessary.
The Central Registration Committee consists of two representatives from each of the four Registration Committees.