The Standards and Criteria Committee's mandate is dictated by Clause 10.3.3 of the Constitution. The Committee is:


"responsible for periodically reviewing the adequacy, validity and relevance of standards, criteria and procedures applied by the Registration, Professional Conduct and Professional Development Committees.".



Functions, Roles & Responsibilities:

  • The committee is responsible for the establishment of a Qualification Standard to be applied by educational programmes and institution, and standards or criteria for the internal registration process.
  • Make recommendations [eventually] to the Board relating to the Qualification Standard, the Code of Ethical Conduct and Practice, accreditation of degree programmes at institutions of higher learning that include the outcomes of the Qualifiction Standard for Environmental Assessment Practice.


Once EAPASA is appointed as the Registration Authority, the Registrar and Board Chairperson will engage with South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), Council on Higher Education (CHE) and Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) in order to re-register the SAQA qualification standard - an updated qualification standard on the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework, with CHE and SAQA. It is anticipated that the process of updating the qualification standard will take a minimum of 12 months, and can only be started once EAPASA has a statutory mandate (appointed as the Registration Authority).


Committee Members:

Dr Richard Hill (Chair person)
Mr Siyabonga Gqalangile
Ms Sibusisiwe Hlela
Mr Danie Neumann
Ms Keshni Rughoobeer


Core Competencies


By law the Board has to assess your application against the Exit Level Outcomes (ELOs), their associated assessment criteria and the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes (CCFOs) of the national qualification standard for Environmental Assessment Practice, South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) ID 61831.

Accredited Educational Programmes


The Standards and Criteria Committee of the Board is working with SAQA to convert the level descriptor of the EA practice qualification as a result of changes brought about by the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework Act, Act 67 of 2008.

Purpose of the qualification standard


The qualification standard addresses environmental assessment in a broad context. It encompasses the practice of Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Assessment, their aims, purpose and evolution.

Recognition of Prior Learning


All competencies reflected in the learning assumed to be in place could be achieved through the recognition of prior learning.

Critical Crossfield Outcomes


This qualification promotes critical cross-field outcomes.

Associated Assessment Criteria


There are six exit level outcomes for which assessment criteria are described.

Integrated Assessment


The term `Integrated Assessment` implies that theoretical and practical components should be assessed together.

International Comparability


The task team paid close attention to international comparability, particularly with respect to countries which have a long track record of EIA implementation and of formal training of practitioners.

Articulation Options


This qualification may articulate horizontally with honours degrees in natural, physical or social sciences and the final year of professional degree programmes in planning, law, landscape architecture and engineering. This qualification may articulate vertically with masters' programmes in disciplines related to the specialisation (e.g. environmental planning, environmental management, environmental law or related specialist fields).

Moderation Options


Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with an appropriate Education, Training, Quality Assurance (ETQA) Body or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.

Criteria for the Registration of Assessors


For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs the following -



This qualification has been developed utilising the current SAQA level descriptors and qualification types.