The Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa

Community of Practitioners

DMISA is the professional body for Disaster Management in Southern Africa and the home of Disaster Management practitioners where they can share, learn, network and align in a safe and sociable environment with peers who are faced with similar challenges and opportunities.


Learning Opportunities

DMISA supports our members through providing learning opportunities such as the annual DMISA Disaster Risk Reduction Conference.


Professional Development

DMISA is the SAQA-recognised professional body for Disaster Management in South Africa and supports the Disaster Management profession in Southern Africa with opportunities for professional registration, recognition of prior learning for professional registration, and continuous professional development.



DMISA creates platforms and opportunities for sharing and spreading international best practice in Disaster Management.


The Professionalisation Portal is now active, it provides resources for those interested in professional registration in Disaster Management.



The Disaster Management institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) was founded in 1985 and still maintains its position as the premium professional association for Disaster Management professionals and associated disciplines in Southern Africa.  DMISA is the SAQA-approved professional body for Disaster Management in South Africa and manages the SAQA-approved Disaster Management Professional (PrDM), Disaster Management Practitioner (DMPc), Disaster Management Associate (DMA) and Disaster Management Technician (DMT) designation.

Professional Registration

DMISA is inviting applications for registration as Disaster Management Professional, Practitioner, Associate and Technician.  Download the application forms with detailed instructions from the Professionalisation Portal.


Continuous Professional Development

Registered professionals must maintain their status through a system of continuous professional development (CPD) points. Access information about continuous professional development opportunities, processes and documentation.


Recognition of Prior Learning

Professional registration requirements include qualifications and experience.  In some cases persons may have considerable experience but have not yet had the opportunity to acquire the required qualifications.  In such cases RPL provides an opportunity for persons with applicable experience to also register professionally.