The reasons why professionals should register were thought out carefully with the strict guidance of the Architects, Engineers, Surveyors & Allied Professionals Act No 15 of 2013, which can be downloaded in full here.

Peer Recognition

By registering you receive recognition from the AESAP’s committees that you meet the minimum requirements expected of a professional person. This recognition extends to colleagues, as well as all other practitioners in the profession.

Public Confidence

The professional recognition you receive by becoming a member of the AESAP accords you a sense of confidence in the mind of the public, since they can be assured that your competence has been assessed and certified by other professionals. Membership of Certain Voluntary Associations

Many international institutions, requires that you be registered as a Professional in your discipline before you can be granted corporate membership.

Exclusive Use of Reserved Names

As a registered Professional the Act entitles you to use a particular name (and abbreviation), describing your particular type of registration e.g. in the case of a Professional Engineer (Pr Eng). Using any of these reserved names or abbreviations, if you are not registered with the AESAP, is a criminal offense. Seeking Recourse

In the event of improper conduct by an employee/professional registered with the AESAP, employers/clients can lodge a complaint with the AESAP. “Improper conduct” is defined as ranging from incompetence to gross negligence. The AESAP will then investigate the complaint on its own merits and take appropriate action.


The Act dictated to the public (employers and clients) that they can only appoint/engage appropriately registered persons thus complying with legislative requirements. BENEFITS FOR THE PROFESSION

Professional Status

Systems of professional registration are common in South Africa, and across the world, and are generally recognised as conferring professional status onto those registered under said system. The AESAP provides the only recognised registration system for engineering in South Africa – recognised both locally and abroad, as well as by other professions.

Professional Standards and International Recognition

AESAP’s is and continues to work with other Councils to establish reciprocal recognition agreements as such maintains an international standard in its registration process.

Temporary registration

Where a person satisfies the Council-

  1. That the person is not ordinarily resident in Swaziland;
  2. That the person intends to be present in Swaziland in the capacity of a professionally qualified architect, engineer, quantity surveyor or allied professional for the express purpose of carrying out specific work or works for which the person has been engaged;
  3. That the person, immediately prior to entering Swaziland was, in practice as a professional architect, engineer, quantity surveyor or allied professional in a capacity that satisfies the Council of the fitness of that person to serve the public as a professional architect, engineer, quantity surveyor or allied professional;
  4. That the person, has the necessary professional registration from an institution recognized by the Council; and
  5. That the person has a valid work permit,