Advancement of Technologists of All Engineering Disciplines

Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists

ECSA Notification

We are pleased to inform you that the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has opened the registration applications for professional registration for Cycle 2 of 2024.  The applications are open in the Professional categories: ( Engineer, Technologist, Technician, and specified categories).

Important Details:
Application Period: Now open until 15 August 2024
Submission Method: All applications must be submitted via email to
Note: Physical applications will not be accepted.

We encourage all eligible candidates to take advantage of this opportunity and submit your applications promptly.

For candidate applications, the process remains open through the online portal using the following link ECSA Online Portal.

Recognition as ECSA Licensed Body: LB_035/2023


Link to ECSA’s CPD Rules and Standards. (Click the icon)

IPET is an ECSA Recognised 


Voluntary Association
VA A008

Recognition as ECSA Service Provider: SP_016/2025

SP 016/2025

Ron F A Berkers Pr Tech Eng FIPET MSAT
President of IPET 2021 – 2023

Ron holds a BSc degree in Mathematics and Chemistry, a Honours degree in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Civil Engineering. He has been appointed as a lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology since 2008. Before this he worked for 16 years at the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, were he was active as materials laboratory manager and worked in the design and research sections of the design directorate. He specializes in Construction Materials used for road construction and related fields. Ron is a member of the Society of Asphalt Technology (SAT) Central Region regional committee, serves as a technical assessor for SANAS and serves on the SABS standards generating committee for aggregates (SC04) and the committee for Bitumen/Asphalt (SC08). He presents courses in "Statistical Analysis of Test Data" and "Introduction to Construction Materials" for the South African Road Federation (SARF). He is registered at ECSA as a Professional Civil Engineering Technologist and serves on the ECSA review committee for registration of Civil Engineering Technologists. He is also an assessor and moderator for ECSA.

Our Mission

The Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists is committed to:


The advancement of technologists of all engineering disciplines by representing them and promoting matters affecting them on a national and international basis.

Education and Training

Promoting the education and training of engineering technologists through liaison with the relevant educational institutions and employers and the encouragement of professional development.


Obtaining due recognition for engineering technologists in all spheres of society and improving public relations for them.


Encouragement of communication between societies with engineering technologists amongst their members and the Institute by regular liaison, consultation and other suitable means.

Consult with ECSA

Consulting with and providing the Engineering Council of South Aftica with information and advice affecting engineering technologists

Study Legislation

The study of proposed legislation affecting engineering technologists and initiating any necessary action. Strive for a unified engineering profession.

The Professional Engineering Technologist

What does an Engineering Technologist do?

They are first and foremost persons who are registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), as Professional Technologists (Engineering).

In order to register, the applicant must provide proof of having obtained a qualification at a Technikon in South Afiica and a period of practical experience in industry, acceptable to ECSA. Qualifications obtained elsewhere will also be considered. Acceptance for registration is at the discretion of ECSA.

A senior or equivalent qualification, with acceptable pass marks in mathematics and science, is required for admission to the Technikon courses. These courses:

  • render the best possible service to the profession of engineering technologists by promoting their skills and resources,
  • provide comprehensive theoretical knowledge, include practical applications of engineering practice and techniques,
  • thoroughly prepare the students for the job market by ensuring that they spend adequate time in applying their knowledge to practical work in the engineering field.

Professional Technologists (Engineering) will be required to exercise mature judgement in the workplace and will be expected to have the ability to conceive, identify and optimise solutions to complex engineering problems. Above all, they must be prepared to accept full professional responsibility for their engineering decisions.

In its Constitution and Bylaws, the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) fully recognises the status of the Professional Technologist and no distinction is made between PrEng and PrTech(Eng). The SAACE’s primary requirement for a firm to become and remain a member, is that at least 50% of its principals shall be consulting engineers. The definition of a consulting engineer being a professional engineer or a professional technologist who is registered in terms of the Act, is practising and, as his / her principal occupation, is rendering a professional engineering service to others.

What work do they do?

Engineering technologists apply their expertise in any combination of the engineering functions in all branches of engineering. These functions include conceptualising, design, project or construction management, commissioning, measurement and testing, quality assurance, costing and estimating, production, the collection and analysis of data, maintenance, teaching, research and the modification and development of technologies for the solution of complex engineering problems. They may work on their own or can be part of a team.

What positions do they occupy?

They may be:

  • Consultants in their own right or members of firms of engineering consultants,
  • A senior manager in central, provincial or local government, or in private practice,
  • A contractor,
  • An advisor in a company, practising a high level of technical expertise.

Our History

The Goode Committee instituted by the Government in 1974 to report on the Education, Training and Status of the Engineering Technician in South Africa, published its Report in 1978.

One of its recommendations was that a definite need now existed for the introduction of another member into the engineering team of professional and certificated engineers and engineering technicians. This person was to be known as the engineering technologist. A further recommendation was that societies should be established to look after the interests of technologists and technicians if they did not exist already.

On 5 February 1979, the convening and first meeting of the Interim Committee for Establishing Boards of Control for “Non-Professional Engineers” (ICBOC) took place in Johannesburg under the auspices of the Federation of Societies of Professional Engineers (FSPE). The first Chairman and Secretary was Professor G P R von Willich of the SA Institution of Civil Engineers, and D P du Plooy of the Aeronautical Society of South Aftica, respectively. The members of this Committee were nominated mostly by the various technical societies in existence at that time.

It was instructed to investigate the feasibility of registration under a Board of Control for the above mentioned category of engineers. It took the Committee a little more than two years to find that such a need did exist. In the process, the name of the Committee was changed to the Interim Committee for the Registration of Technologists and Engineers (ICRTE).

The South African Association of Registrable Engineers and Technologists (SAARET) was formed in September 1981 and replaced ICRTE which was disbanded in November of the same year. John Galgut was elected as the first President of the new body.

Apart from the recruitment of members for the Association, its main function at that time was to prepare the documentation for the establishment of the Board of Control for the Registration of Professional Technologists (Engineering). This became possible after the necessary changes to the Professional Engineers’ Act of 1969 were made. SAARET completed this task in 1984 and the Board commenced its operations in 1985 by considering applications for registration as Professional Technologists (Engineering). Guthrie Head was the Chairman of the Board of Control from its inception until dissolution in 1990.

SAARET changed its name to the South African Association of Registrable Engineering Technologists, the acronym remaining as SAARET. With the promulgation of the Engineering Profession of South Africa Act in 1990, the Board of Control was disbanded. The Act combined the Boards of Control for Technologists, Certificated Engineers and Technicians and the SA Council for Professional Engineers into one unifying body viz. the Engineering Council of South Affica (ECSA).

Very soon after the Engineering Profession Act of 1990 became law, SAARET received many requests from its members to meet not only their purely vocational but other needs as well. As a result, SAARET decided that it should also become involved in activities normally associated with those of learned societies.

As a first step, in depth consideration was given to provide a name for this body more in line with the new thinking. At the Annual General Meeting held in August 1994, it was unanimously agreed that the name of SAARET be changed to Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists (IPET)

Contact us for more information or any questions

Engineering Council of South Africa
The Chamber of Engineering Technology (CET)
South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE)
SA Institute of Certificated Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (ICMEESA)
The IET: The Institution of Engineering and Technology
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