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Ergonomics Qualifications

Certification in South Africa

ESSA is currently working on the Certification of Ergonomists in South Africa.
The Ergonomics Society of South Africa Certification Board (ESSACB) sets the minimum learning standards and qualifications for the recognition of competency in Ergonomics.  Individuals who meet the predetermined criteria may apply to be certified by the Board.  The ESSACB also assists in the regulation of the professional and ethical standards pertaining to those practicing Ergonomics in Southern Africa.

INTERIM CRITERIA FOR CERTIFICATION OF ERGONOMISTS

The two basic levels are as follows: Registered Ergonomist and Ergonomics Facilitator.

 

1. REGISTERED ERGONOMIST LEVEL:

EDUCATION:

The minimum educational requirements to be certified as a Registered Ergonomist by the ESSACB are as follows:  M+5 qualification (MSc degree in Ergonomics or a CLOSELY related field)) from an academic institution recognised by ESSA  OR M+3 qualification (BSc degree in Ergonomics or a CLOSELY related field) PLUS completion of a course in Ergonomics recognised by ESSA

EXPERIENCE:

Evidence of experience working in Ergonomics must be submitted.  Candidates will be required to present a Curriculum Vitae consisting of a minimum of five pieces of written work (ergonomics projects, research or reports) to the ESSACB.

TYPICAL FUNCTIONS:

The Registered Ergonomist will be required to demonstrate competency in selected areas based on the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Core Competencies as follows:

  • Investigate and analyse the demands from ergonomics design to ensure appropriate interaction between work, product or environment and human capabilities and limitations

  • Analyse and interpret findings of ergonomics investigations

  • Document ergonomics finding appropriately

  • Determine the compatibility of human capacity with planned or existing demands

  • Develop a plan for ergonomics design or intervention

  • Make appropriate recommendations for ergonomics change

  • Implement recommendations to improve human performance

  • Evaluate outcome of implementing ergonomics recommendations

  • Demonstrate professional behaviour

PLEASE NOTE:  The ESSACB reserves the right to verify consultancy work with the companies or institutions where this work has taken place.

 

2. ERGONOMICS FACILITATOR LEVEL:

EDUCATION:

The minimum educational requirements to be certified as an Ergonomics Facilitator by the ESSACB are as follows:   M+ qualification in an allied field PLUS completion of one or more courses in Ergonomics recognised or organised by ESSA.

EXPERIENCE:

Two years relevant experience working in Ergonomics or in a CLOSELY related general area.  Candidates will be required to present a Curriculum Vitae of ergonomically related projects, research and reports to the ESSACB.

PLEASE NOTE:  The ESSACB reserves the right to verify consultancy work with the companies or institutions where this work has taken place.

TYPICAL FUNCTIONS:

The Ergonomics Facilitator will be responsible for the co-ordination of an Ergonomics Facilitation team within their own industry.  They will be responsible for the following:

  • Creating an awareness of Ergonomics

  • Identifying problems

  • Implementing basic solutions

  • Recognising when to consult a Registered Ergonomist

CERTIFICATION AND TRANSFERS:

Applications for certification or upgrading from the Ergonomics Facilitator (Level 2) to Registered Ergonomist level (Level 1) should be made on the appropriate form available from the ESSACB or the Ergonomics Society of South Africa Web Site, accompanied by:

  1. Certified copies of qualification(s) where required by the relevant ESSACB regulations.

  2. The  relevant application fee determined by the Ergonomics Society of South Africa.

  3. Any additional supporting information as may be required by the ESSACB.

The ESSACB shall in all cases have absolute discretion in deciding whether any person shall or shall not be certified.

ENTRANCE VERIFICATIONS:

If an applicant does not meet the education and experience requirements a written examination and a personal interview will be arranged at the discretion of the ESSACB.

  1. Written Examination:

    Applicants will be required to sit for a 3-hour examination approved by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA).  The intention of this examination process is to assess the applicant’s theoretical knowledge and understanding of practical application of Ergonomics.  Detailed guidelines will be made available to applicants in the form of an Examination Handbook produced by ESSA.

  2. Personal Interview:

    The personal interview will be conducted by the ESSACB and is intended to elicit information on the applicants overall knowledge, abilities and skills relevant to Ergonomics.  The interview process is structured to be as objective as possible.  The ESSACB will be evaluating the applicant against the following criteria:

    Specific Area:

    Ergonomics Facilitator

    Registered Ergonomist

    1.

    Knowledge of Ergonomics (General)

    Sound knowledge of basic Ergonomics principles.

    Clear understanding of the role of the discipline within the South African context.

    Comprehensive knowledge of basic Ergonomics principles.

    Clear understanding of the role of the discipline within the South African context.

    2.

    Understanding of Responsibilities

    Creating an awareness of Ergonomics

    Identifying problems

    Implementing basic solutions

    Recognising when to consult a Registered Ergonomist

    The applicant should demonstrate a clear understanding and application of selected IEA Core Competencies for Ergonomists.

    3.

    Contribution to Ergonomics in South Africa

    Presenting examples of ‘best practices’

    Presenting papers at national and international conferences.

    Contributing to the discipline through education and developmen

FAILURE TO ATTEND VERIFICATIONS:

All candidates will be informed well in advance of upcoming verification dates, times and location for the written examination and personal interview.  Candidates who do not provide acceptable reasons, in writing, at least 10 days beforehand for not attending the verifications will forfeit their application fee and be required to reapply.  Each applicant will be given three opportunities to attend the verification conducted by the ESSACB.  Lack of notification will not be accepted as a valid reason for non-attendance.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the ESSA secretary has the correct and up-to-date contact information.

RE-APPLICATION PROCESS:

Regardless of the reason for re-application (upgrading of level, re-sitting after failing the first verification or non-attendance) a waiting period of 3 months is required before the applicant will be considered for re-verification.  A new application form must be completed and the appropriate fees must be enclosed.

CERTIFICATION:

Once applicants have successfully completed the verification procedures and have paid the relevant fees, the ESSACB will inform them in writing of the certification level awarded and place them on the official Ergonomics Society of South Africa register for the current year.

Any certified Ergonomics Facilitator who feels that their education and/or experience have been sufficiently upgraded to warrant a change in certification level to the status of Registered Ergonomist is eligible to apply for review by the ESSACB.  The procedure and application fee structure will remain the same as for the new certification application.

ANNUAL RE-REGISTRATION:

Annual re-registration is dependent on receipt of the annual fee and a written declaration that the member is still actively involved in Ergonomics practice.  Certified members are also required to maintain active participation over a five year period to ensure that they maintain certification.  Certified members will be subject to an ESSACB review to ensure that standards are maintained in their Ergonomics-related practices.

PUBLICATION OF NAMES OF REGISTERED ERGONOMISTS AND ERGONOMICS FACILITATORS:

A comprehensive list of Registered Ergonomists and Ergonomics Facilitators will be published annually on the ESSA Web site, in the ESSA Newsletters and in appropriate publications, for example, Safety Management.

CERTIFIED MEMBERS REGISTER:

The Ergonomics Society of South Africa secretary will keep a register of certified members, which will contain the following details:

  1. Date of certification

  2. Level of certification

  3. Summary of academic qualifications

  4. Summary of experience in the field of Ergonomics

  5. Written examination mark (where necessary)

  6. Interview impression

  7. Date and result of any upgrade requests

Each certified member shall be entitled to request, and receive within 30 days, a copy of information recorded under their name in the ESSA Certified Members Register.  A fee to cover the costs of extracting and sending of this information will be set by the ESSACB from time to time.

RIGHT OF APPEAL:

Any certified member who is dissatisfied with the information recorded under their name in the ESSA Certified Members Register may appeal to the ESSACB.  The decision of the ESSACB on the appeal shall be final.

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