The Architects Act 1970, Act 35 of 1970 established the South African Council for Architects on 1 March 1971. This legislation, with amendments, remained in force for almost 30 years.
The Architectural Profession Act 2000, Act 44 of 2000 was published on 1 December 2000 and came into operation on 26 January 2001. A Council, renamed The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) was established with effect from 12 September 2001.
The Architectural Profession Act 2000, Act 44 of 2000 provides for the registration of Professional Architects, Senior Architectural Technologists, Architectural Technologists and Architectural Draughtspersons, whereas the previous legislation had dealt only with architects.
SACAP has the same main functions as the previous Council in its control of standards of education at tertiary institutions for the purposes of professional registration by means of visiting boards, the administration of a Code of Conduct in the public interest, and protection of the public interest by identifying the type of architectural work each category of registered person is capable and competent to perform.
The Council will be obliged to consult with the Council of Higher Education (CHE) and Education Training Quality Assurance bodies in connection with the educational standards, and with the Council for the Built Environment on matters such as the Code of Conduct and Identification of Work.
Limitations and scope of work relevant to each category of registration with SACAP are still being finalised but scope of work will now hopefully be on a competency basis and not based on automatic reservation of work, as was the case before. Registration with SACAP is currently not compulsory but has been gazetted as compulsory from 30 June 2006. This may change to coincide with the implementation of the ‘Identification of Work Framework’, which will define the work under which registered persons may practise based on their category of registration. A recommended fee scale applies to all SACAP registered persons regardless of levels of registration applicable