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SACAP and CBE to finalize the Identification of Work (IDoW) policy

Friday, 22 March 2019  
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 SACAP and CBE to finalize the Identification of Work (IDoW) policy

22 March 2019

While on the path of collating submissions from stakeholders with regard to the Identification of Work (IDoW) recommendations for submission to the Council for the Built Environment (CBE), the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) has been inundated with concerns from various quarters on the scope of work for every category of Registered Persons.

The architectural practitioners most vocal about the recommendations of SACAP to the CBE have been the Professional Architectural Draughtspersons (PADs).

SACAP is in the process of reviewing all the submissions and will, thereafter, prepare a Frequently Asked Questions document to answer the various concerns, queries and comments. The FAQs will then be sent to all professionals, Voluntary Associations and other relevant stakeholders.

Following this, SACAP will then embark on roadshows to meet with the various stakeholders in the respective regions/provinces to clarify all concerns/comments and queries in person. The dates and venues for each road show will be published ahead of time to ensure maximum attendance and engagement.

The nub of the anxieties seem to be that the recommendations on the scope of work for every category of Registered Persons are exclusionary and an impediment to PADs as they prevent them from competing in the architectural profession. An assertion is being made that PADs will be without an income due to restraint of trade introduced by the recommendations of SACAP to the CBE. A further contention is made that PADs will be prohibited from doing architectural work they were previously allowed to perform.

While these apprehensions are not improbable, it is important to note that the recommendations on the scope of work for every category of Registered Persons are founded on the Higher Education Qualification Framework and the ten (10) SACAP competencies. Invariably, project complexities will determine the required professional competency in terms of education and training. This is to ensure that Registered Persons undertake work they are suitably qualified and competent to perform.

Notwithstanding the recommendations on the scope of work for every category of Registered Persons, SACAP has put in place mechanisms within the IDoW recommendations to ensure that all Registered Persons who perform architectural work outside the identified scope of work per category of professional registration will continue to perform such work until the CBE identifies the scope of work for each category of Registered Person.

Furthermore, SACAP has introduced a Limited Special Dispensation mechanism in the identification of work recommendations, to enable Registered Persons in lower categories of registration to continue to perform architectural work outside their identified scope of work for a period of a year from the date the CBE identifies the scope of work for each category of Registered Persons. An application for limited special dispensation with portfolio of evidence to demonstrate experience is necessary in this regard.

Moreover, SACAP has introduced a Special Consent mechanism in the identification of work recommendations to enable registered persons in lower categories of registration to continue to perform architectural work outside their identified scope of work. An application for special consent with portfolio of evidence to demonstrate experience is necessary in this regard. 

Additionally, SACAP has reintroduced Recognition Prior Learning mechanism to enable Registered Persons in lower categories of registration to upgrade to higher categories of registration and be able to perform work identified for higher categories of registration. An application for Recognition of Prior Learning with portfolio of evidence to demonstrate experience is necessary in this regard. 

Ultimately, anybody can undertake any identified work, in accordance to Section 26(4) of the Act:

“Subsection (3)(a) may not be construed as prohibiting any person from performing work identified in terms of this section, if such work is performed in the service of or by order of and under the direction, control, supervision of or in association with a registered person entitled to perform the work identified and who must assume responsibility for any work so performed. (Commencement date of Section 26: 1 July 2005)”

Given these mechanisms put in place by SACAP in the identification of work recommendations, the contention that PADs are prohibited from doing architectural work they were previously allowed to perform is not correct.

PADs will still have income because they will be able to perform work they have been performing as per the mechanisms introduced above.

The same applies to Professional Architectural Technologists and Professional Senior Architectural Technologists.