The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has cautioned prospective engineering students and parents to ensure that the programme they are enrolling in is accredited by ECSA as the Council is currently the only national statutory body eligible to register engineering professionals.
"Registered engineers are bound by a code of ethics that prohibits them from assuming responsibility for work that they are not competent to perform while requiring them to place public safety above all else. ECSA is the only body in South Africa empowered to register engineering professionals or bestow the use of engineering titles, such as Pr Eng, Pr Tech Eng, Pr Techni Eng, Pr Cert Eng, on persons who have met the requisite professional registration criteria,? says Dr Oswald Franks, CEO of ECSA.
According to Dr Franks, engineering graduates who meet both the educational and experiential requirements set by ECSA could be eligible for registration with ECSA in one of the following categories: Professional Engineer (Pr Eng); Professional Engineering Technologist (Pr Tech Eng); Professional Engineering Technician (Pr Techni Eng), or Professional Certificated Engineer (Pr Cert Eng).
"Students who graduate from engineering programmes which are accredited by ECSA have the assurance that their educational qualifications will satisfy the educational requirements for registration in an appropriate category of engineering professionals,' concludes Dr Franks.