Registration process for EAPs in South Africa

The Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) was appointed by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, the Honourable Dr Edna Molewa, on 8 February 2018 as the single Registration Authority for Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAPs) in South Africa.

For your information the following relevant Government Gazettes have been loaded on the EAPASA website (http://www.eapasa.org/index.php/documents):

EAPASA’s appointment (Regulation 104, Gazette Number 41434 of 8 February 2018);
Fees for ‘registration assessment’ and ‘annual subscription’ (Regulation 196, Gazette Number 41485 of 7 March 2018); and
Section 24H Registration Authority Regulations (Regulation 849, Gazette Number 40154 of 22 July 2016).

The gazette of 8 February 2018 marks the date of the coming into effect of the Section 24H Regulations.

EAPASA is in the process of finalising a contract with the Department of Environmental Affairs, including a strategic plan for the five-year period (2018-2023) of appointment as the Registration Authority. An announcement will be made on this website, as well as by email to all those registered on the EAPASA mailing list, notifying stakeholders when the online registration system goes live. Please note that there are no hard-copy forms for registration. EAPASA encourages all stakeholders to register on our mailing list in order to receive information as it becomes available: http://www.eapasa.org/index.php.

Information about how to register as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner can be found on the EAPASA website. Please download the ‘Applicant Guideline Manual’; this Manual specifies six core competencies and a number of associated assessment criteria for each competency (http://www.eapasa.org/index.php/documents).

For each assessment criterion, you will be given 350 words - in a box on the online system - in which to provide written evidence that you have met the criterion. You can start to prepare this text offline in a Word document, to be uploaded to the online registration system when it is open for applications. You will also be asked to upload various documents as evidence, including your qualification/s, curriculum vitae and at least three Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) case studies you prepared or reviewed which you have used in answering the six core competencies.

As defined in the Section 24H Regulations, there are two categories for registration:

  1.  Candidate EAP, newly graduated without experience; and

  2. Registered EAP with at least three years of relevant experience.

Candidate EAPs need to have an Honours level qualification that focuses on the six core competencies and assessment criteria described in the Manual. These core competencies have been taken directly from the Qualification Standard for Environmental Assessment Practice mentioned in the Section 24H Regulations. In future, any applicant who has obtained an accredited Honours level degree that covers these competencies will be automatically accepted as a Candidate EAP. At present, however, given that it is going to take some time for tertiary institutions to be formally accredited against this standard, if you are a recent graduate seeking registration as a Candidate EAP, you will need to fill in the online registration system, providing evidence that you have covered, and mastered, the core competencies in your studies.

The Manual indicates that in order to be certified as a Registered EAP you will need to show evidence of having mastered the six core competencies and associated criteria through (a) academic study or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) principles, and (b) experience gained from having completed or reviewed three EIAs consistent with the requirements of the EIA Regulations in South Africa, over a three year period. Existing practitioners can submit qualifications from a range of disciplines. Practitioners who do not have tertiary qualifications but have years of practical experience are also welcome to apply, and will be assessed for registration using RPL principles.

EAPASA looks forward to receiving your applications to register as Candidate / Registered EAPs, and together ensuring that the standard of environmental assessments undertaken in South Africa are of the highest quality.