The truth about unit standards and registration as a registered person

August 27th, 2015, Published in Articles: Vector

Some time ago, I indicated that I would spend some time on explaining the unit standard process required to register as a registered person. It is a Department of Labour requirement that all persons wanting to register either as testers for single-phase (SPT), installation electricians (IEs) or master installation electricians (MIEs) must be declared competent in a number of unit standards. This has lead to all manner of strange ideas and requests.

To be declared competent in the required unit standards involves a process consisting of a number of training interventions. The process starts off by asking the student for a CV. This CV includes, but is not limited to, a description of you, your ID number, name(s), surname, and work and training history. It also includes certified copies of your achievements, such as your Trade Test Certificate, N3 or N3 equivalent, other training and your results for the Installation Rules exams (SANS 10142-1). It also includes a certified copy of your ID document. This is the start of your portfolio of evidence (PoE).

Next, you must attend a certificate of compliance (CoC) course. After the CoC course, you will be required to test at least three installations. These installations are determined by the level of registration you are applying for. If you are applying for registration as an SPT, you will be required to test three single-phase installations.

If you are registering as an IE, you will be required to test a single-phase installation, a three-phase commercial installation and a three-phase industrial installation. To register as an MIE, you will be required to test three different specialised installations. Further to this, all your tests must be done under the supervision of a person who is already registered and who must state that he has assisted you.

Remember that, according to the unit standards, you must test and inspect the installations and then complete the CoC for them. You are not taking accountability for the installation at this point. Your job is to find faults in the installations and to record these on a fault sheet which you can add to your PoE.

Remember, you must supply evidence that you know how to test and inspect. This evidence can be provided in the form of a faults list, photos, drawings and reference to SANS 10142-1, among others. The more evidence you supply, the better.

Let’s recap. So far, you have the following in your PoE:

  • Your CV.
  • Certified copies of all your qualifications, certificates and your ID.
  • A statement from the registered person.
  • The CoCs and all the related information on the installations you have tested.
  • A statement of the results of the CoC course.

The next step in the process is to submit you PoE for evaluation. You will then be given a date for the assessment session. During this assessment session, you will be required to demonstrate to an assessor your testing and fault finding abilities, as well as your understanding of the CoC and the required information.

This also gives the assessor the opportunity to check your test instruments and tools, as you have to supply these. You can’t be a registered person without the correct equipment.

Once all this is done, the information is added to your PoE. This “complete” PoE is then assessed, moderated and a request to have the unit standards recorded against your name is submitted to the EWSETA.

The EWSETA will then moderate your PoE and issue a letter stating that the unit standards have been recorded against your name. This statement, together with a letter from the training centre and your application for registration (remember your photos), will be submitted to the Department of Labour for processing.

We are often asked how long this process takes. It is very difficult to answer as you control the process. The sooner you get your paperwork in, the sooner it can be assessed and moderated. We at the ECA(SA) submit PoEs in groups of about ten portfolios each. The EWSETA moderates the portfolios every two months. If you submit your work timeously, the process should not take more than six months.

For more clarity and case-specific information, please contact William Maraba, Chris Koen, Brian Bilton (KwaZulu-Natal), George Senekal, Pieter Du Toit (Free State), Louis Pretorius or Lelani Pelser.

Louis Pretorius, ECA regional director, Highveld

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