IOSH SA recognised as Professional OHS Body by SAQA

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  1. Neels Nortje

    Neels Nortje Moderator

    Confirmation of the only Professionally Registered Chartered Occupational Health and Safety Body in South Africa

    The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has confirmed that the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health South Africa (IOSH SA) is the recognised professional body for Occupational Health and Safety Practitioners in South Africa. IOSH SA's professional registrations will further be recognised internationally, and not only be limited to South African Borders. IOSH SA has the backing of the largest and only chartered health and safety body in the world.

    SAQA approved IOSH SA as a Professional Body for the purpose of the NQF Act, Act 67 of 2008 at a SAQA Board meeting held on 15 March 2013. It also approved the registration of the following professional designations:

    • Associate Member - AIOSHSA
    • Technical Member - TechIOSHSA
    • Graduate Member - GradIOSHSA
    • Chartered Member - CMIOSHSA

    For more information on this recognition and how to apply for Professional Registration please visit or sent an e-mail to
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  2. Brian

    Brian Member

    This is great news and good news now we have some direction.:)
    Thanks for posting Neels.

    But I doubt this answers the latest question.

    As to legally Competent HSE professional status.:(
    Yes a Legally registered and recognised Safety Professional, but not quite yet Competent,well in my own little world and opinion anyway.Due to the definition of "COMPETENCE":confused:
  3. Neels Nortje

    Neels Nortje Moderator

    Quote from the SAQA Policy and Criteria for Recognising a Professional Body and Registering a Professional Designation for the Purposes of the National Qualifications
    Framework Act, Act 67 of 2008:

    “Professional designation” means a title or status conferred by a professional body in recognition of a person’s expertise and/or right to practice in an occupational field.
  4. Brian

    Brian Member

    Thank You Neels. I accept that “Professional designation” means a title or status conferred by a professional body in recognition of a person’s expertise and/or right to practice in an occupational field.

    But I am confused:confused: by the fact that it has nothing to do with ones competence,and the primary enquiry was "What is a legally Competent professional". So what I am struggling with is that for example.A person who has an excellent faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely because he or she holds a degree,diploma or certificate in HSE so is considered a "PROFESSIONAL" HSE practitioner and can call and advertise themselves as such but in all reality cannot actually to the job properly as they have no real time experience.(Sounds a bit like Ministers with portfolios,inspectors and persons in certain positions and organizations of authority within the government structures.)

    (Minister of Defence or Police: but he or she has never been in the military or Police force as a soldier or policeman ever before and comes from a civilian background,may have the qualifications (if they are genuine) but no competence and this shows up drastically)

    Does this not clash with the code of conduct and charter of IOSH with whom one maybe a registered professional.

    So I can have the technique and skill to judging and deciding rightly, justly, and wisely in all things HSE. BUT I cannot do the actual job properly or completely yet I am considered a capable and competent professional HSE practitioner.:rolleyes:So have the full right to practice in an occupational health and safety field without having a repertoire of possible actions to take and or the practical training in the possible actions in the repertoire of HSE practices.

    In use Wikipedia for the definitions and explanations.

    Expert and Expertise.

    An expert is someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded authority and status by their peers or the public in a specific well-distinguished domain. An expert, more generally, is a person with extensive knowledge or ability based on research, experience, or occupation and in a particular area of study. Experts are called in for advice on their respective subject, but they do not always agree on the particulars of a field of study. An expert can be, by virtue of credential, training, education, profession, publication or experience, believed to have special knowledge of a subject beyond that of the average person, sufficient that others may officially (and legally) rely upon the individual's opinion. Historically, an expert was referred to as a sage (Sophos). The individual was usually a profound thinker distinguished for wisdom and sound judgment.

    Experts have a prolonged or intense experience through practice and education in a particular field. In specific fields, the definition of expert is well established by consensus and therefore it is not necessary for an individual to have a professional or academic qualification for them to be accepted as an expert. In this respect, a shepherd with 50 years of experience tending flocks would be widely recognized as having complete expertise in the use and training of sheep dogs and the care of sheep. Another example from computer science is that an expert system may be taught by a human and thereafter considered an expert, often outperforming human beings at particular tasks. In law, an expert witness must be recognized by argument and authority.

    Research in this area attempts to understand the relation between expert knowledge and exceptional performance in terms of cognitive structures and processes. The fundamental research endeavor is to describe what it is that experts know and how they use their knowledge to achieve performance that most people assume requires extreme or extraordinary ability. Studies have investigated the factors that enable experts to be fast and accurate.


    Competence (or competency) is the ability of an individual to do a job properly. A competency is a set of defined behaviors that provide a structured guide enabling the identification, evaluation and development of the behaviors in individual employees. The term "competence" first appeared in an article authored by R.W. White in 1959 as a concept for performance motivation. Later, in 1970, Craig C. Lundberg defined the concept in "Planning the Executive Development Program". The term gained traction when in 1973, David McClelland, Ph.D. wrote a seminal paper entitled, "Testing for Competence Rather Than for Intelligence". It has since been popularized by one-time fellow McBer & Company (Currently the "Hay Group") colleague Richard Boyatzis and many others, such as T.F. Gilbert (1978) who used the concept in relationship to performance improvement. Its use varies widely, which leads to considerable misunderstanding.

    Some scholars see "competence" as a combination of knowledge, skills and behavior used to improve performance; or as the state or quality of being adequately or well qualified, having the ability to perform a specific role. For instance, management competency might include systems thinking and emotional intelligence, and skills in influence and negotiation.

    Competency is also used as a more general description of the requirements of human beings in organizations and communities.

    Competency is sometimes thought of as being shown in action in a situation and context that might be different the next time a person has to act. In emergencies, competent people may react to a situation following behaviors they have previously found to succeed. To be competent a person would need to be able to interpret the situation in the context and to have a repertoire of possible actions to take and have trained in the possible actions in the repertoire, if this is relevant. Regardless of training, competency would grow through experience and the extent of an individual to learn and adapt.

    Competency has different meanings, and continues to remain one of the most diffuse terms in the management development sector, and the organizational and occupational literature.
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  5. Neels Nortje

    Neels Nortje Moderator

    IOSH SA has subsequently morphed and been recognised by SAQA in 2013 as Saiosh - the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the Professional Body for Occupational Heath and Safety in terms of the NQF Act, Act 67 of 2008. For more information visit
  6. Neels Nortje

    Neels Nortje Moderator

    Saiosh is the largest recognised Professional Body for Occupational Heath and Safety Professionals in Africa. Visit