The targeted participants in the South African Professional Services Awards are typically members of Professional Associations in the country which include one or more of those listed below. However membership of the associations is not a pre-requisite to participating in the awards.
South African Institute of Architects
The South African Institute of Architects and the Regional Institutes are committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and competence. Members of the Institute, registered as professional architects, are educated and trained to provide leadership, critical judgement, specialist knowledge, skills and aptitude, for the design and development of the built environment.
The South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) is a Juristic person established by Section 2 of the Project and Construction Management Act (Act No 48 of 2000). The SACPCMP was established to regulate Construction Management and Construction Project Management Professionals to protect the public.
The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) is the regulatory authority for the architectural profession. SACAP is responsible for: Providing for registration of persons within the architectural profession; Protecting the public against unprofessional conduct by registered persons; Guiding the profession and promoting the standards of education and training in the Built Environment.
Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) aims to be the ‘Voice of Consulting Engineering in South Africa’. CESA represents for its members, a body that promotes their joint interests and, because of its standing, provides quality assurance for clients. Over 500 firms employing just over 23 300 staff, who collectively earn a total fee income of almost R19 billion per annum, are members of CESA. CESA is committed to the principles of sustainability and the promotion of engineering excellence.
SAICE has over 10,000 members registered nationally in South Africa in the field of Civil Engineering. SAICE strives to be a learned society for all those associated with civil engineering. Above all, we encourage our members to strive for excellence in civil engineering.
The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Profession Act (EPA), 46 of 2000. The ECSA's primary role is the regulation of the engineering profession in terms of this Act. Its core functions are the accreditation of engineering programmes, registration of persons as professionals in specified categories, and the regulation of the practice of registered persons. Consequently, the ECSA is the only body in South Africa that is authorised to register engineering professionals and 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.
SAICA is the foremost accountancy body in South Africa and one of the leading institutes in the world. It has over 30,000 members designated as Chartered Accountants (South Africa) [CA (SA)] and plays an influential role in the business sector.
SAIPA is a professional body of more than 6,000 accountants in practice, commerce and industry, government and academia. Membership of SAIPA provides accountancy professionals with local and international recognition, ensures that they remain abreast of the latest local and international developments in the accountancy profession and are able to regularly network with fellow accountancy professionals.
The IRBA is the statutory body registered in terms of the Auditing Profession Act, 2005 controlling that part of the accountancy profession involved with public accountancy in the Republic of South Africa. It is important to stress that all entrants to the public accountancy profession are subject to consistent requirements. Following qualification, accountants entering into public practice are required to register with the IRBA and are governed by its regulations.
The Law Society of South Africa promotes the substantive transformation of the legal profession through its leadership role represents and promotes the common interests of the profession, having regard at all times to the broader interests of the public, whom the profession serves; empowers the profession by providing training to candidate attorneys and continuing professional development to attorneys to ensure quality legal service to the community in an ethical, professional, competent and caring manner.