Over 2 Decades of Excellence
Between 1990 and 2000 an interim Executive Committee, chaired by Charles Israelite, was formed to consider the merits of creating an Association of Project Managers. The committee was initially a sub-committee of the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Building Development Committee. From the outset the founding members have been emphatic that the Association should not be an ‘old boys club’ or restrict entry to the field of Project Management. Its purpose has been to define the service and performance levels expected from Project Managers and approximately what the service should cost.
The thoughts, planning and work of the committee have been guided by an industry Steering Committee. The first 1st Executive Committee of the ACPM was:
- Mr Charles Israelite - SIP Project Managers - Chairman
- Mr Tony Bowen - Barrow Projects - Treasurer Secretary/Vice Chairman
- Mr Warren Conrad - Proman Management Services - Western Cape Representative
- Prof. Brian Eksteen - UPE - Eastern Cape Representative
- Mr Barry Freeman - BFH Project Managers - Marketing & Functions Sub-Committee
- Mr Jim Henrey - JM Henrey and Associates - Code of Conduct/Ethics Sub-Committee
- And Marketing and Function Sub-Committee
- Mr Bongani Hoboyi - Platynum Projects - Empowerment & Education / Marketing and Functions Sub-Committees
- Mr Moses Honu - CamaneHonu - Empowerment & Education Sub-Committee
- Mr Negi Molefe - Tau Pride Development - Marketing & Functions Sub-Committee
- Mr Rod Oosthuizen - SIP Project Managers - Ethics Subcommittee
- Mr NalenPadayachee - PM Africa - Membership and Empowerment and Education Sub-Committees
- Prof Ronnie Schloss - Wits University - Membership / Empowerment and Education Sub-Committees
- Mr Louis Stapelberg - Pro-Crit - Client Agreement, Scope of Services and Schedule of Fees Sub-Committees
- Mr Vela Swana - Emba Projects - Empowerment & Education Sub-Committee
Since its inception the ACPM has:
- adopted a constitution
- made inputs into the Project and Construction Management Professions Act
- registered a large number of project and construction management professionals
- drafted a Client/Project Manager Agreement
- defined the Scope of Services relative to the above Agreement.
- drafted the Interim Rules on Membership Requirements
- drafted the Rules of Professional Conduct.
In addition to preparing a Constitution, which includes a code of ethics and membership criteria, the Executive Committee has developed a Model Form of Project Management Agreement containing a guideline scope of services.
The Constitution contemplates membership in four categories. Provision is made for membership to be granted on account of expertise and experience in the field of project management and for practising project managers who have attained certain academic standards.
On the 09 May 2000 after all preparatory work, the Association of Construction Project Managers (ACPM) was launched. The ACPM responds directly to the changing regulatory environment that Project and Construction Management Professionals will find themselves subject to. As a result of this approach that was adopted at the time ACPM was requested to assist in commenting on the draft of the Act, and served on its interim steering committee prior to the promulgation of the Act. ACPM supported the nominations of three (3) of its EXCO members to serve on the Council , and the Minister duly appointed two (2) of the members (Mr AJ Bowen and Prof Schloss) The ACPM thus made available its documentation to the Council and rendering support to the Council through the above two Council Members.
On the 1st December 2000, The Project and Construction Management Professions Act 2000 (Act 48 of 2000) was signed into law by the President. In terms of this act, the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions was established to provide “for the registration of professionals, candidates and specified categories in the project and construction management professions…”
The act references these categories as
- (1) The categories in which a person may register in the project and construction management professions are –
(a) Professional, which is divided into –
- Professional Construction Manager; or
- Professional Construction Project Manager; or
(b) Candidate, which is divided into –
- Candidate Construction Manager; or
- Candidate Construction Project Manager; or
specified categories prescribed by the council
The act allows for the Council to accept affiliation by voluntary associations in terms of “framework for the requirements for recognition of a voluntary association”.
A voluntary association has an important role to play in that
- it is the avenue through which a construction professional registers with the SACPCM.
- it nominates four members on to the 10 member SACPCM, and thereby influences policy.
- it consults with the South African Qualifications Authority to determine competency standards for the purpose of registration.
- it gives advice to educational institutes and examining bodies with regard to the requisite educational facilities to meet the competency standards.
- determines with SACPCM conditions relating to and the nature and extent of continuing education and training.
- it is consulted in identifying the type of project and construction management work to be performed by registered persons.
- it is consulted in drawing up a code of conduct for registered persons.
- it is consulted in the formulation of recommended professional fee scales.
- it is consulted in making rules regarding exemption from the provisions of the Act.
- it is consulted in exempting any person, council or voluntary association from any provision of the act.
In terms of the Transitional provisions in the Act, the Association of Construction Project Managers (ACPM) was deemed to be recognized in terms of the Act, as an existing voluntary association, this was even prior to the time that the SACPCMP began its operations in March 2002.