South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)


Originaly the South African Council for Architects, the name was changed in 2000 to the South African Council for the Architectural Profession with the change of the act. SACAP is the regulatory body 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.

The Role of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession in the Architectural Profession

  • Statutory Council established by an Act of Parliament (Act 44 of 2000), which regulates the architectural profession.
  • Duty - To protect the public by ensuring that the profession maintains acceptable professional standards and technical competence.
  • Compulsory - only persons registered by SACAP may practice architecture.
  • Practices are recorded in compliance with the Code of Professional conduct.
  • Establish the identification of work framework for the architectural profession.
  • Establish requirements for the renewal of professional registration and the period of validity of registration.
  • Determine, after consultation with the voluntary associations and registered persons, conditions relating to and the nature of continuing education and training professional development (CPD).
  • Investigate complaints of unprofessional conduct on the part of professionals relating the SACAP Code of professional Conduct.
  • Establish mechanisms for registered persons to gain recognition of their qualifications and professional status in other countries.
  • Either conditionally or unconditionally grant, refuse or withdraw accreditation to all educational institutes and their educational programs with regard to architecture.
  • Administer Professional Practice Exam for professional registration.
  • Regulate the practice of foreign entities in the profession in South Africa.
  • Publish annually guideline professional fees for public guidance.

Compare with the role of SAIA

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