About Background


In November 2015, the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) and SACPCMP assigned a Memorandum of Understanding to interrogate the need for and then develop a registration and certification of Building Inspectors process. It was envisaged that the professionalisation of building inspectors would significantly contribute towards ensuring that all buildings are built according to National standards and good structural integrity for the benefit of consumers.

The NHBRC commissioned a study which highlighted important factors that could transform the enforcement and monitoring of building regulations in all construction projects by establishing a regulatory framework for all Building Inspectors in the construction sector.

The objectives of the study were to:

  • Conduct a nationwide situational analysis and baseline determination of the overall size, composition, demographic and educational levels of Building Inspectors.
  • Determine the status of the current numbers (per occupational levels and functional areas of responsibility) and actual number of vacancies.
  • Determine total volume, skills complement, and type of work conducted by Building Inspectors per occupational category in the different spheres of government.
  • Determine the number of Building Inspectors employed and practicing in the public and private sectors.
  • Make recommendations on:
    • The scope of services for categories of registration, criteria for eligibility and proposed registration process for Building Inspectors.
    • The technical skills/needs of Building Inspectors as well as the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) regulatory regime proposed for implementation.
    • The availability of technical courses recommended for the professional development of Building Inspectors.
    • Regulatory measures for the professionalisation of Building Inspectors in compliance with statutory provisions for the Construction Management professions.
    • Statutory amendments to be affected by the regulator to enforce the regulatory measures.
    • A model for the successful implementation of the regulatory strategy.

A Building Inspectors Task Team was constituted (in terms of Section 17 of the SACPCMP Act {Act No 48 of 2000}) to advise the Council on all matters relating to the registration of Building Inspectors. The Task Team members comprised representatives from government entities, academia and the private sector. This team was responsible for developing the current registration criteria and processes.

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