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The Department of Architecture under the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) recently hosted a virtual engagement between their students and the Architecture professional body, the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) via Microsoft Teams.

The members of the council interacted with the students on numerous aspects of their impending professional career, such as Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Registration, Board Exams, Legal compliance, etc. This was to equip students with knowledge and understanding of the profession they are entering into.

The facilitator of the webinar was DUT’s Mr Temitope Olaniran, Lecturer at the Department of Architecture. Delivering the welcome and opening remarks was the Head of Department: Department of Architecture at DUT, Mr Louis Du Plessis.

“A special welcome to our members from SACAP, who are here to give us some more information about the profession that you are entering into and particularly the role that SACAP as the legislative body that has oversight over what practitioners will be doing when they actually enter the workplace. We are very grateful for their time. In previous years, they have actually made the considerable effort to come down to physically be with us, but currently that is not practical,” said Mr Du Plessis.

He wished all students well, in terms of getting knowledge and understanding of the great profession that they are entering into, as they play a very important role in the society.

Giving a basic overview on CPD, Mr Basil Ingle, CPD Officer at SACAP said it stands for Continuing Professional Development, and it is applicable once a student becomes a professional.

“Registered professionals are required to undertake CPD on an annual basis. On an annual basis, they are required to obtain one CPD credit from category one, which is the Development Activities. They obtain those CPD points by attending workshops, conferences. Those must be either validated by the SACAP recognised voluntary associations or SACAP recognised architecture learning sites. Category two, the activities are work-based activities. CPD points may be accumulated for architectural work, lecturing and mentoring. Category three is for individual activities, CPD points may be accumulated for membership of recognised voluntary associations, undertaking studies and publishing articles,” said Ingle.

He (Ingle) unpacked the different activities under each category and the required time of completion of these activities. He then explained how the professionals are credited based on the time they complete these activities.

Mr Rickey Moodley from SACAP conducted a fruitful presentation on SACAP, explaining to students who is SACAP and the powers of the council with regards to registration.

“SACAP is the regulatory authority for the architectural profession, established under the Architectural Profession Act, 2000 (Act Number 44 of 2000). The act provides for the establishment of a juristic person to be known as SACAP. It provides for the registration of professionals, candidates, and specified categories in the architectural profession. The regulation of the relationship between SACAP and CBE, and validate the eleven Architectural Learning Sites,” noted Moodley.

He spoke about why they should register under SACAP, its benefits. He gave clear registration guidelines. He also stated that they require practical training and professional practise examination. Students were also made aware that they have access to manage their own profiles online and would have to submit monthly training records stating the duration and benefits of the practical training.

After his presentation, Moodley held a question-and-answer session with the students who were still seeking clarity on some of the points he discussed in his presentation.

On behalf of the department the facilitator, Mr Olaniran thanked the SACAP members for taking their time to come and enlighten DUT students on the things they should know about SACAP. He also thanked students for their participation in the webinar and wished them well in their studies.

Pictured: Attendees at the SACAP engagement with DUT’s Architecture students.

Simangele Zuma

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