The South African Qualification and Certification Committee (SAQCC) was successfully implemented in the mid 1980’s in the fields of Non-Destructive Examination and Welding for the certification of welding technicians to international standards for the Mossel Bay Off-Shore Gas Development Project.
Following the acceptance of this training concept, the Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa held discussions with the South African Institute of Welding, to consider the merits of establishing a SAQCC for Corrosion. At an interest meeting held on 19 October 1993, some 60 organisations active in corrosion protection and related industries in South Africa supported the concept. These organisations, which now constitute the ‘Forum Members’ of the SAQCC (Corrosion), nominated a steering committee under the chairmanship of the Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa. A constitution was drafted and an Executive Committee was elected in November 1994 which comprised accredited representatives from organisations and associations active in, or associated with, the corrosion protection industry.
A point made very clear in the constitution is that the SAQCC (Corrosion Protection) is responsible for setting the competency levels required for the various certificated activities and for examining candidates. The training required to meet the prescribed competency levels is carried out by other organisations such as the South African Institute of Welding, the Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa and private enterprise. By keeping the SAQCC non-commercial, its integrity is protected.
The Panel of Examiners appointed by the SAQCC (Corrosion Protection) comprises members drawn from commercial organisations such as end-user, coating applicators, coating manufacturers, consultants, specifiers and applicators. The task of NPE is to identify the competency levels required by the industry, set syllabi for various levels and then review and approve available training courses. Once an approved training course is identified, a specific Panel of Examiners is selected from the industry to set examinations and examine the candidates.
Dr Colin Alvey was the first Chairman for the SAQCC (Corrosion Protection), John McEwan and Loius Pretorius the 2nd & 3rd Chairman respectively.
The first course that was developed was for Coating Inspectors as requested by the SAQCC Forum members. It soon became apparent that training was also required for painting supervisors and applicators. Courses for these activities were therefore also developed.
Between 2006 and 2011 the syllabi were revised and the training courses currently available include:
Coating Inspectors: (which includes selected portion of the old Level 1 & level 2 courses plus new material)
To date 537 Level 1 Inspectors have qualified.
To date 37 Level 2 Coating Inspectors have qualified.
To date 3 Paint Supervisors have qualified.
To date 289 Paint Applicators have qualified.
All syllabi for SAQCC (Corrosion) certified activities are divided into modules to facilitate compliance with the Unit Standards of the National Qualification Framework (NQF) and meet the requirements of the Southern African Qualification Authority (SAQA). The courses have both a theoretical and practical component and failure to pass the theoretical component results in failure of the course.
Candidates who have successfully completed Coating Inspector courses and Examiners are required to sign and abide by a Code of Ethics. A disciplinary procedure is in place to address complaints lodged by industry against registered inspectors.