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About Us

The INSTITUTE FOR WORK AT HEIGHT (IWH) has received official recognition by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as the Professional Body (PB) for the work at height industry in South Africa. The IWH PB is a non-statutory body, recognising practitioners in the working at height industry.
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The Institute for Work at Height

The Institute for Work at Height was formed as a Trade organisation in January 2009 being a merger of the Specialised Access Engineering Manufacturers Association (SAEMA) and the Rope Access And Fall Arrest Association (RAFAA) desirous of creating safety awareness and in turn “professionalism in the overall Work At Height Industry”.

The members all agreed that their input in the development of the skills was lacking and thus they decided to apply for the registration of a Professional Body. In November 2012, the Institute for Work at Height Professional Body received official recognition by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA)

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Objectives

The main objective for which the Institute has been established is to promote communal and group interests of those companies or individuals engaged in the specialised access work at height industry, including any other associated operations or activities there to. Other objectives strived for, are:

  • Provides a unified voice for suppliers and users of all types of work at height equipment and services.
  • Sets and maintains Industry standards.
  • Develops guidelines and frameworks for skills development within the Industry via its Professional Body which is recognised by SAQA.
  • Impresses on clients the professionalism, integrity and credibility of IWH members by adherence to a Code of Ethical Practice.
  • Represents Industry views to Government Departments and the Private Sector.
  • Provides information on all related work at height matters.
  • Provides a regular forum for members to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest.
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Benefits of the professional body

  • Regulated and controlled training of all persons exposed to the risks of working at height, strictly in accordance with the requirements of the National Qualifications Framework.
  • All persons that are trained in accordance with the National Qualifications Framework standards (NQF) can apply for membership of the IWH PB, and if found to be competent, such persons will be awarded a professional designation and become registered practitioners of the Institute.
  • All such registered practitioners are bound by a code of conduct that is administered by the IWH PB.  Any practitioner that is found guilty of a serious breach of this code can have his/her professional designation revoked by the professional body.
  • All complaints against unsafe working practices by registered practitioners that are received by the IWH PB will be investigated by its rules committee.
  • All accredited training providers are carefully monitored to ensure that the training standard offered meets with the requirements of the NQF and those of the IWH PB.
  • Peace-of-mind for clients that make use of the services of such registered practitioners.
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Governence

The Institute for Work at Height is governed by a Constitution, Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure. These documents can be viewed on the website by clicking on the relevant links.

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Who does this affect?

  • All persons involved in working at heights that are exposed to the risk of falling.
  • Any person that wears a safety harness at work.
  • All persons that employ other persons that have to perform work whilst at height.
  • All persons that use contractors to carry out work whilst at height.
  • All designers of structures that will expose persons to the risks of working at height.
  • All builders of such structures.
  • All clients that have such structures erected on their behalf, and
  • Accredited Providers that train persons who work at height.
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What does it mean for industry?

  • Regulated and controlled training of all persons exposed to the risks of working at height, strictly in accordance with the requirements of the National Qualifications Framework.
  • All persons that are trained in accordance with National Qualifications Framework standards (NQF) can apply for of the IWH PB and if found to be competent, such persons will be awarded a professional designation and become registered practitioners of the Institute.
  • All such registered practitioners are bound by a code of conduct that is administered by the IWH PB.  Any practitioner that is found guilty of a serious breach of this code can have his/her professional designation revoked by the professional body.
  • All complaints against unsafe working practices by registered practitioners that are received by the IWH PB will be investigated by its rules committee.
  • All accredited training providers are carefully monitored to ensure that the training standard offered meets with the requirements of the NQF and those of the IWH PB.
  • Peace-of-mind for clients that make use of the services of such registered practitioners.
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How does it affect training providers?

  • Any person that wishes to be awarded a professional designation must seek the support of a training provider that is recognised by the IWH PB and that can offer the correct training.
  • Any training provider that wishes to offer training that leads to the awarding of a professional designation in the work at height industry could seek recognition from the professional body if they are duly accredited with a SETA ETQA.
  • All existing training providers are encouraged to contact the professional body to make arrangements for an audit of their facilities and trainers. A subject matter expert of the IWH PB will arrange a site visit.
  • All recognised training providers will be listed on the IWH PB website and will be entitled to display the words “IWH PB Recognised Training Provider” on their documentation.
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What is different now that the WHPB is recognised by SAQA?

All trained persons under to “old” system were issued with a “licence-to- operate” “LTO” ID card. From now on all the recipients of NQF based training that are found to be competent and awarded a professional designation will be issued with an ID card and certificate stating that the person is a “Registered Practitioner”. These persons will be allowed to use that title and place corresponding designated letters behind their names. i.e.:

IWHPB Reg MP MEWP Practitioner
IWHPB Reg MC MEWPS & Transport controller
IWHPB Reg ED Specialised Equipment Demonstrator
IWHPB Reg RT Rope Access Technician (the old Level 1)
IWHPB Reg RP Rope Access Practitioner (the old Level 2)
IWHPB Reg RS Rope Access Supervisor (the old Level 3)
IWHPB Reg FP Fall Protection Planner
IWHPB Reg  Temporary Suspended Platform Erection Supervisor
IWHPB Reg Fall Arrest Rescue Coordinator
Note that several other professional designations are being finalised for submission to SAQA for registration.

This covers inter alia, activities related to Suspended Access Equipment, Scaffolding, Ladders, Falsework, Formwork and Construction Health and Safety.

  • All existing LTO holders in good standing with the IWH will be re-assessed in the near future and if found competent will be awarded the new designation.
  • All new designations will be valid for 3 years subject to meeting the requirements of the IWH’s professional body CPD policy and provided that such practitioner’s designation has not been revoked (see above)
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What about the SETAs?

  • All relevant Education, Training qualifications assurance (ETQA) functions that resided with the various SETAs have been moved to the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations (QCTO) and SETAs are tasked with Quality Management functions w.r.t the work of the ETQA.
  • The IWH PB and the Services SETA has been cooperating for quite some time already but the IWH PB also recognises providers accredited with other SETA’s. It should be noted that the IWH PB will nott register anybody if they have not been succesffully uploaded with their relevant SETA ETQA..
  • All training providers, assessors, moderators and other similar functionaries operating in the work at height sector also have to be registered with the relevant SETA ETQA’s for recognition with the IWH PB.
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What happens to the Trade Association also known as the Institute for Work at Height (IWH?)

  • The IWH Trade Association remains intact as a voluntary trade association with corporate members. It serves industry and represents the views and needs of industry to Government Departments and other decision makers.
  • Membership of the association is voluntary and allows members to display the logo of the association. This logo does not signify accreditation or recognition of the members by the professional body.
  • Companies/corporations/employer bodies that employ registered practitioners are encouraged to join the association to allow them to play an active role in legislative and regulatory matters that directly affect their employees, clients and associates.
  • Trade Membership is for Corporate Entities directly involved in working at height activities as part of their scope of work this can include other Professional Bodies and International Companies.
  • Manufacturers, importers and distributors of equipment relating to the work at height industry are encouraged to join the Association.