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MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR CERTIFICATION


Certification Level 1: Occupational Hygiene Assistant (OHA)

Certification Level 2: Occupational Hygiene Technologist (OHT)

Certification Level 3: Occupational Hygienist (OH)

MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIRED

FOR CERTIFICATION

 

A minimum of Grade 12 / NQF Level 4 + OHTA W201. 

 

  • This registration grade may only be held for a maximum of 5 years from the date of registration with SAIOH.  It is expected that the assistant progress to the requirements for registration as an Occupational Hygiene Technologist within this 5-year period and failure to meet this requirement results in automatic deregistration. First deadline/date is 31 December 2022.
  • Please note that the W201 assessment can be written through our Approved Training Providers (ATP’s) or directly with SAIOH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.Qualification:

Minimum qualification, being either:

  • Grade 12 / NQF Level 4 + OHTA Intermediary Certificate in Occupational Hygiene (ICertOH);

or

  • A tertiary qualification at least at NQF Level 7, including biology or chemistry or chemical engineering or mechanical engineering or environmental engineering or physics or other relevant science subjects, and either:
    • The qualification has been recognised by SAIOH as having at least 50% or higher of the Occupational Hygiene theoretical content contained in the OHTA modules, to fulfil the requirements of the OHTA ICertOH; or
    • Have obtained at least any three (3) of the OHTA modules, which form part of the requirements of the OHTA ICertOH.

2. Experience:

Candidates wishing to be registered at the Technologist level are required to provide proof that they have at least two (2) full years (at least 70% full-time Occupational Hygiene work done per year claimed) relevant and comprehensive Occupational Hygiene experience.

It should be noted that full-time Occupational Hygiene management, training, lecturing and/or research activities can form part of the 2 years’ experience (NB. Any time spent during formal education (as a requirement to obtain such qualification) may not be counted towards the required years of relevant Occupational Hygiene experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.Qualification:

 

Minimum qualification, being either:

  • A tertiary qualification at least at NQF Level 8 including biology or chemistry or chemical engineering or mechanical engineering or environmental engineering or physics or other relevant science subjects + the OHTA Intermediary Certificate in Occupational Hygiene (ICertOH); or
  •  A tertiary qualification at least at NQF Level 8, including biology or chemistry or chemical engineering or mechanical engineering or environmental engineering or physics or other relevant science subjects and where the programme has been recognised by SAIOH as having Occupational Hygiene theoretical content at an equivalent or higher level than that contained in the OHTA modules, to fulfil the requirements of the ICertOH; or
  • A BOHS Diploma of Professional Competence in Occupational Hygiene;

2. Experience:

 

Candidates wishing to be registered at the Hygienist level are required to provide proof that they have at least five (5) full years (at least 70% full-time Occupational Hygiene work done per year claimed) relevant and comprehensive Occupational Hygiene experience.

 

It should be noted that full-time Occupational Hygiene management, training, lecturing and/or research activities, can form part of the 5 years’ experience (NB. Any time spent during formal education (as a requirement to obtain such qualification) may not be counted towards the required years of relevant Occupational Hygiene experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Note: The deadline/date for the above ROHT and ROH minimum required qualification/s to become effective, is 31 December 2020.

 

In order to be recognised as having Occupational Hygiene theoretical content at an equivalent or higher level than that contained in the OHTA modules, to fulfil the requirements of the ICertOH, each academic institution must apply independently to SAIOH for accreditation.  Multiple academic institutions offering the same qualification may not make a single application. 

 

  • Initial recognition:   All academic institutions offering a SAQA registered qualification at the required NQF level, may apply to the SAIOH Professional Certification Committee (PCC) for recognition of the qualification.  Content to be included in the required submission is detailed in “Form (to follow): Recognition of Qualification by SAIOH PCC”. Whilst it is at the discretion of the PPC to grant recognition or not, if the applicants’ academic institution was not successful in being granted recognition, the PCC will provide feedback on potential areas of improvement to the qualification.  This will allow the academic institution to make the requisite changes and become eligible to re-apply in the following academic year.

 

  • Continued recognition: Every 5 years after initial successful recognition by the PCC, each academic institution shall complete “Form (to follow): Continued recognition of qualification by SAIOH PCC”, and submit it to the PCC.  Where there has been a change from the original submission, evidence related to the change/s must be submitted with the form, allowing for assessment of the impact of the change/s. The PCC will evaluate the evidence submitted either accepting the evidence with continued recognition or requiring a full re-assessment of the programme. 

 

DESIGNATION
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION
 Occupational Hygiene

Assistant

 

Typically an OH Assistant would be expected to be primarily engaged in the measurement of health stressors (e.g. hazardous chemicals exposure sampling, noise, and illumination surveys). He/she would be working under the mentorship and supervision of a registered Occupational Hygienist or be engaged in the study of appropriate subjects. It is advisable that candidates are studying in an OH related field.
A minimum of a Grade 12 school certificate (NQF: Level 4.)
Candidates must be able to provide certified copies of certificates providing proof of compliance.
 
 Occupational Hygiene

Technologist

 

Typically an OH Technologist is expected to be involved in the planning of OH monitoring surveys as well as their evaluation and interpretation, advising on basic control procedures and the writing of OH monitoring/survey reports.
A minimum of 3 years tertiary qualification (Grade 12 / Matric + 3 or NQF: Level 7) in an appropriate technical or scientific discipline or successful completion of the 6 Intermediary International Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) modules and acquired the OHTA Intermediary certificate in Occupational Hygiene (ICertOH).
Candidates are required to provide proof that they have at least two (2) full years (at least 70% full-time Occupational Hygiene work done per year claimed) relevant OH experience. NB any time spent during formal education (as a requirement to obtain such qualification) may not be included.
Candidates must be able to provide certified copies of certificates providing proof of compliance as well as the experience verification form/s for each period of experience in occupational hygiene claimed. 
Note: candidates who do not achieve Technologist designation but who have passed the written Technologist assessment will be allowed to register as an OH Assistant if they chose. 

NB - Technologist being the maximum entry level into OH

 
 Occupational Hygienist
 
An Occupational Hygienist is expected to be involved in designing, implementing, evaluating, controlling and managing comprehensive Occupational Hygiene programmes.
A minimum of four years tertiary qualification (Grade 12 /Matric + 4 or NQF: 8 ) in an appropriate technical or scientific discipline.Candidates wishing to be registered at Hygienist level are required to provide proof that they have at least five (5) full years (at least 70% full-time Occupational Hygiene work done per year claimed) relevant and comprehensive OH experience. It should be noted that full-time Occupational Hygiene management, training, lecturing and/or research activities can form part of the 5 year experience.NB any time spent during formal education (as a requirement to obtain such qualification) may not be included.
Candidates must be able to provide certified copies of certificates providing proof of compliance as well as the experience verification form/s for each period of experience in occupational hygiene claimed. 

 


ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Academic qualifications in the natural related sciences and engineering disciplines will be accepted. Other qualifications may be considered by the PCC on application. The following table provides an overview of accepted qualifications to enable registration as an OH Practitioner.


QUALIFICATION
HIGHEST SAIOH LEVEL OF REGISTRATION ACHIEVABLE
 NEW FRAMEWORK NQF LEVELS
Grade 12/Matric - (M)
OH Assistant
 04
Mine Environmental Control Practical (Unisa) – (M+1)
OH Assistant
 Note 1
OHTA's Foundations Module in Occupational GHygiene Module (W201)   OH Assistant  Note 1
Mine Environmental Control Intermediate (Unisa) - (M+2)
OH Technologist
 Note 1
National Diploma and National Higher Diploma (e.g. ND Env Health DPH) – (M+3)
OH Technologist
 07
BSc Degree – (M+3)
OH Technologist
 07
Passed all 6 the Intermediary OHTA Modules (M+3) and obtained the Intermediary OHTA Certificate in OH (ICertOH) OH Technologist
  Note 1
Advanced Certificate In Mine Environmental Control (Unisa) – (M + 3)
Occupational Hygienist
 Note 1
BTech – (M+4)
Occupational Hygienist
 08
BSc Hons – (M+4)08
Occupational Hygienist
 08
MPH – (M+5)
Occupational Hygienist
 09
MSc – (M+5)
Occupational Hygienist
 09
Doctorate or PhD – (M+>5)
Occupational Hygienist
 10
BOHS Diploma of Professional Competence in Occupational Hygiene   Occupational Hygienist Note 1

Note 1: These designations do not have formal SAQA NQF ratings but are included as part of our RPL procedure

  

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