About the INSTITUTE FOR TIMBER CONSTRUCTION SA
The ITC-SA’s vision is to create and maintain the highest standards
in the engineered timber roofing industry in South Africa.
The ITC-SA has a well established national infrastructure. The Institute’s Head Office is situated in Johannesburg, Gauteng. There are branch structures in all nine provinces grouped into four regions each with its own Regional Coordinator.
The regions are:
- Gauteng Region
Gauteng, Polokwane, Mpumalanga, North West, Limpopo, Free State and Northern Cape provinces.
- Kwazulu-Natal Region
- Western Cape Region
Western Cape province excluding the southern Cape.
- Southern Cape and Eastern Cape Region
Eastern Cape province and the southern part of the Western Cape province.
The remit of the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) is to protect consumers and end-users by assuring the professional and legally compliant conduct of its members and thereby their services and products.
The members are proud to be associated with the ITC-SA because it is recognised to be the Professional Body or home for all timber roof truss engineers, designers, manufacturers, erectors and inspectors in the country.
The concept of Rational Design underpins the standards applied by the ITC-SA and its members.
Home and building owners are advised to please contact the ITC-SA if they observe timber truss manufacturing and erecting activities that may not comply with national, regional and local standards, regulations and requirements.
The role of the ITC-SA
The role of the ITC-SA is to ensure consumer protection in the use of timber engineered products in contracts entered into with the ITC-SA membership and to regulate the professional conduct of its members. Where prima facie evidence confirms professional misconduct, in order to protect the consumer and the reputation of the industry, the ITC-SA shall apply proper sanctions.
The ITC-SA has the full support of its members and recognition by the following key industry stakeholders in the development of industry norms and standards and in the mitigation of risks associated with the use of timber engineered products.
- The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC)
- The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)
- The Department of Public Works (DPW)
- The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)
- The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)
- The SA Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP)
- The Banking Association of South Africa (BASA)
- Agrément South Africa (ASA)
- The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Structural Division (SSD)
- The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in the Areas of Timber and Civil Engineering
- South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
- Fibre Producing and Manufacturing SETA (FP&M SETA)
- Construction SETA (CETA)
- South African Technical Auditing Services (Pty Ltd.) (SATAS)
- Sawmilling South Africa (SSA)
- The South African Wood Preservers Association (SAWPA)
In service of creating and maintaining the highest standards in the engineered timber construction industry in South Africa, the ITC-SA is mandated to perform the following services:
- Ensure South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) professional recognition for ITC-SA members and developing the criteria that will enable professional registration.
- Continuously liaise with SAQA on behalf of ITC-SA members to ensure compliance with all registration requirements and to contribute to the development of further training and development criteria for the ITC-SA membership.
- Participate in industry established forums for the development of training material that will be SAQA accredited, available on the public domain, and use this to up-skill ITC-SA members specifically.
- Develop criteria that will guide professional registration through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), and which will be applicable to members that have not had the benefit of formal and recognised tertiary education.
- Develop the Continued Professional Training (CPD) requirements with which members will need to comply in order to maintain their professional status.
- Interact with other professional bodies as mentioned in the Construction Built Environment Act to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the role of the ITC-SA in supporting these professionals to comply with industry demands in engineered timber structures.
- Interact with statutory bodies like the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) and the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS).
- NRCS to create recognition for competence and service offerings of the ITC-SA membership and a demand for the services that may be rendered by its professional members.
- Provide ITC-SA members with information regarding current, updated and new industry standards in the design, fabrication and erection of engineered timber structures.
- Negotiate on behalf of the ITC-SA membership training opportunities at FET Colleges for employees that need to do further training and development.
- Through the ITC-SA System Members and their international affiliation, review best international practice in the field of timber engineering, either from international sources or through research in order to develop reliable codes of practice and material specifications that will guide timber engineering in South Africa.
- Through the ITC-SA Technical Engineering Advisory Committee (TEAC), research and update the bracing and connection rules for timber engineering and publish erectors and designers handbooks in order to disseminate the information to the ITC-SA members and industry users in the market place.
- Arrange awareness seminars on erection and bracing procedures to educate engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, clerks of works, building inspectors, builders and carpenters.
- Work with the timber industry to establish the availability of appropriate grades, sizes and quality timber that will ensure safe and economical engineered timber structures.
- Provide the expertise to answer technical enquiries effectively and to investigate problem structures impartially, or to act on complaints from consumers in an unbiased and fair manner.
To inspire confidence in engineered timber structures on the part of designers and specifiers.
- To audit its members annually for the awarding of a ‘Certificate of Competence’ to those companies which design, manufacture, supply and erect engineered timber structures.