Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has received R3-million from the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) to become a development quality partner with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, which will further develop Cesa’s newly launched Certificate in Consulting Engineering programmes, which train consulting engineers in the business and management aspects of a consulting engineering practice.
Cesa submitted a proposal to the Ceta for funding, which will be used to develop the curriculum, training material, resources and outcomes that are required for the programme to be elevated to a qualification, in April.
The programme was developed by three former Cesa presidents and includes two development programmes – the Business of Consulting Engineering and the Management of Consulting Engineering.
The development programmes teach students more about the business environment of consulting engineering.
The Business of Consulting Engineering course is aimed at young engineers and technologists, while the Management of Consulting Engineering course better prepares young professional engineers to deal with all aspects of the complex and competitive world of commercial business.
“Nobody teaches the business side of consulting engineering and this is currently lacking in South Africa,” says Cesa School of Consulting Engineers manager Brenda Lacey-Smith.
The Business of Consulting Engineers, which is a modular programme, first ran as a pilot course in March and students are now writing their final examinations.
Students compile two to three assignments a week and work with mentors. The modules tackle the consulting engineering environ- ment, finance, law and project delivery.
Cesa is developing the Management of Consulting Engineering course, which will be rolled out in 2014 for professional engineers and technicians. Enrolment in this course will require either a minimum of five years work experience or an already completed Business of Consulting Engineering programme.
The management course will be a two-year programme that requires students to compile a dissertation in an elective field. Cesa has established a team of facilitators to assess and moderate the students, as well as ten subject matter and industry experts to contribute to the development of the training material.
The programme is accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa to provide continuing professional development points.