ECSA is a statutory body

The Engineering Profession Act (EPA), 46 of 2000 (which can be downloaded in PDF format here: EPA 46 of 2000), “…provides for the establishment of a juristic person to be known as the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA); to provide for the

  • registration of professionals, candidates and specified categories in the engineering profession;
  • to provide for the regulation of the relationship between the Engineering Council of South Africa and the Council for the Built Environment;
  • and to provide for matters connected therewith.”
Primarily, the Engineering Council of South Africa is responsible to regulate the engineering profession in South Africa in accordance with the EPA.
Since ECSA can only sustain a small number of people, the Voluntary Associations (VA’s) play a consulting role to support ECSA in setting standards, evaluating candidates in each of their fields of expertise and identifying education requirements.
However, ECSA is the only body in South Africa that has the authority to register engineering professionals: Pr Eng (Professional Engineer), Pr Tech Eng (Professional Engineering Technologist), Pr Techni Eng (Professional Engineering Technician), Pr Cert Eng (Professional Certificated Engineer).

ECSA’s Voluntary Associations:

ECSA currently has over 40 VA’s and I will list them here (for the sake of being thorough):
  1. Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA)
  2. Association of Mine Managers of South Africa (AMMSA)
  3. Association of Mine Resident Engineers (AMRE)
  4. Clinical Engineering Association Of South Africa (CEASA)
  5. Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA)
  6. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers South African Section (IEEE)
  7. Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists (IPET)
  8. Institution of Certificated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (ICMEESA )
  9. Institution of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA)
  10. International Council on Systems Engineering (SA Chapter) (INCOSE SA)
  11. Lift Inspectors Association of South Africa (LIASA)
  12. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  13. Society For Asphalt Technology (SAT)
  14. Society of Telkom Engineers (STE)
  15. South African Colliery Engineers’ Association (SACEA)
  16. South African Colliery Managers Association (SACMA)
  17. South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers (SAIAE)
  18. South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE)
  19. South African Institute of Marine Engineers and Naval Architects (SAIMENA)
  20. South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (SAIRAC)
  21. South African Institution of Chemical Engineers (SAIChE)
  22. South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE)
  23. Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA)
  24. Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineers (SAIIE)
  25. Southern African Institute of Mining And Metallurgy (SAIMM)
  26. The Chamber of Engineering Technology (COET)
  27. The South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE)
  28. South African National Committee on Large Dams (SANCOLD)
  29. South African Society for Railway Engineering (SASRE)
  30. Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of South Africa (LEEASA)
  31. South African Black Technical & Allied Careers Organisation (SABTACO)
  32. South African Federation of Hospital Engineers (SAFHE)
  33. South African Institute of Draughting (SAID)
  34. Society for Automation Instrumentation Measurement and Control (SAIMC) NPC
  35. Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA)
  36. Association of Municipal Electricity Undertakings (AMEU)
  37. Built Environment Professions Export Council (BEPEC)
  38. Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA )
  39. Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA)
  40. Institute of Quarrying Southern Africa (IQSA)
  41. Institute of timber construction (ITC)
  42. South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC)
  43. South African Flameproof Association (SAFA)
  44. South African Fluid Power Association (SAFPA)
  45. South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC)
  46. South African Institute of Welding (SAIW)
  47. South African Road Federation (SARF)
  48. Southern African Society For Trenchless Technology (SASTT)

Visit ECSA’s website for more details

The full list with contact details for each of these can be downloaded from ECSA’s website via this link: Voluntary Association List

In comparison, here is a Wiki that lists the engineering societies of the world:

Are you contributing to the advancement of your sphere of expertise.  Are you upholding and promoting the standards of your industry?  There is certainly enough VA’s and programs to get involved in to do so – #JustSaying

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