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BENEFITS AS INDIVIDUAL
Peer Recognition
By registering you receive recognition from the AIPET committees that you meet the minimum requirements expected of a professional person. This recognition extends to colleagues, as well as all other practitioners in the profession.
Public Confidence
The professional recognition you receive by becoming a member of the AIPET instils a sense of confidence in the mind of the public, since they can be assured that your competence has been assessed by other professionals (knowledgeable in your field of expertise).


Many institutions, for example the SA Institution for Civil Engineering, requires that you be registered as a Professional Engineer before you can be granted corporate membership.

Marketability
More and more employers are requiring registration with the AIPET as a prerequisite for appointment to certain engineering positions. If you do not register, you will find it increasingly difficult to find employment in responsible engineering positions.
 
BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYERS
 
Confidence
You can be assured of the professionalism of your staff. Since not all employers necessarily have an engineering background, registration is widely regarded as an additional and objective indication of competence.

Recourse
In the event of improper conduct by an employee registered with the AIPET, employers can lodge a complaint with the AIPET. “Improper conduct” is defined as ranging from incompetence to gross negligence. The AIPET  will then investigate the complaint on its own merits and take appropriate action. An employer’s benefit lies in the fact that a finding of "guilty" by the AIPET may provide grounds for dismissal.


Marketability
The public - potential clients - respond well to the fact that an organisation employs professional people as a matter of principle.


BENEFITS FOR THE PROFESSION
 
Professional Status
Systems of professional registration are common in  Africa, and across the world, and are generally recognised as conferring professional status onto those registered under said system. The AIPET provides the only recognised registration system for engineering in  Africa - recognised both locally and abroad, as well as by other professions.

Public Recognition
The informed public recognises the value of professional registration, for the same reasons as in inter-professional recognition; it affords them an additional measure of protection and "peace of mind".


BENEFITS FOR THE COUNTRY
Public Safety
The AIPET sees itself in partnership with the State as, apart from precautionary measures taken by the State in its own right, registration serves as an additional safeguard against unsafe practices. This is the engineering profession’s contribution towards promoting public safety, health and interests.

Professional Standards
Ever-increasing globalisation, and  Africa’s participation in it, has made it critical for this country to become competitive at an international level. Registration with an organisation contributes substantially to this process, and the AIPET’s continued international recognition is a very important part of the maintenance of high standards.

International Recognition
Due to the AIPET’s efforts, Africa is recognised by many other nations as an engineering "powerhouse", which has distinct political and socio-economic advantages for the country.
 
18. (1) The categories in which a person may register in the engineering profession are:
 
(a) Professional, which is divided into:
 
i.    Professional Engineer;
ii.    Professional Engineering Technologist;
iii.    Professional Certificated Engineer; or
iv.    Professional Engineering Technician.
 
(b) Candidate, which is divided into:
 
i.    Candidate Engineer;
ii.    Candidate Engineering Technologist;
iii.    Candidate Certificated Engineer; or
iv.    Candidate Engineering Technician.

(c) Specified Categories, prescribed by the council

(2) A person may not practice in any of the categories contemplated in subsection (1), unless he or she is registered in that category.

The Professional Category consists of Professional Engineers, Professional Engineering Technologists, Professional Certificated Engineers and Professional Engineering Technicians.

The Candidate Category only provides for the registration of persons who meet the academic requirements for registration in the Professional Categories referred to above and who are undergoing professional development (preferably) under a Commitment and Undertaking. It should be noted that all persons who are registered for example as "Engineers in Training" can automatically refer to themselves as "Candidate Engineers".
 
The Specified Category provides for the registration of persons who cannot register in the professional category, but who perform critically important work of an engineering nature which has a direct impact on public safety and health e.g. "Lift Inspectors".

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