The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body for the engineered timber construction sector, has been recognised as a voluntary association in line with the newly-gazetted Voluntary Associations Recognition Framework, which came into effect in 2018.
The executive of policy and standards at the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), Edmund Nxumalo, noted: “The revised and approved rules and framework stipulate that ECSA will be the sole authority on the accreditation, monitoring and validation of CPD activities and providers.”
The following four outcomes have been outlined by ECSA as underpinning the relationship between ECSA and voluntary associations (VAs):
1. All ECSA-recognised VAs are going to be required to support the Council and cooperate with the Council in all matters pertaining to the execution of its legislative mandate, vision, strategy, performance plans and transformation agenda.
2. All ECSA-recognised VAs will be required to give effect to Council resolutions in so far as they require execution/implementation by VAs in carrying out the Council’s functions.
3. The VA Recognition Framework will reposition ECSA as a sole regulator and representative of the organised engineering profession on all cross-cutting, engineering-related matters and discourse nationally and internationally.
4. The relationship and interaction between ECSA and its recognised VAs will be more clearly defined and regulated.
According to Amanda Obbes, the ITC-SA’s general manager, the amendments to the Recognition Framework are welcomed by the Institute. “Recognised VAs, such as the ITC-SA, are benefitted through their association with a reputable and credible regulatory body, through which they may also apply for CPD accreditation. The ITC-SA’s now-enhanced association with ECSA will be passed on to its membership, and has great potential to influence an upswing in its reputational profile through dynamic collaboration in programmes and on projects. ITC-SA members also qualify for discounts with ECSA due to their recognised VA membership status.”
The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body for the engineered timber construction sector, has been recognised as a voluntary association.
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