Professionalisation Portal

DMISA is the SAQA approved professional body for Disaster Management

DMISA is the SAQA approved professional body for Disaster Management in South Africa and administers the four SAQA approved designations for Disaster Management. DMISA receives and evaluates applications for professional registration and provides a platform for continuous professional development to maintain registration.

About professionalisation

About Professionalisation

DMISA has pursued the professionalisation of the Disaster Management discipline for a number of years. The reason for this quest to professionalise is the clear need to establish minimum standards in the practice of Disaster Management, which in turn is an expression of DMISA’s simple goal of supporting its members and the profession in general to be as good at reducing disaster risk as they can possibly be.

The members and elected leadership of DMISA are convinced that Society deserves the best possible Disaster Management personnel, and that persons responsible for implementing the essentials of resilient communities should be operating at their optimum levels of effectiveness and efficiency. In short, if you do disaster management, you should be at the top of your game, the best you can possibly be. These functionaries should be recognised as professionals with a mandate for real action and the discipline they commit themselves to as Disaster Managers should be recognised and respected. In moving towards these objectives, the self-confidence and esteem of practitioners need to be strengthened and the extent, reach and nature of the profession should be clarified and clearly delineated.
In order to advance the professionalisation agenda, DMISA applied for and became the SAQA approved professional body for Disaster Management in South Africa. As part of the recognition as professional body, first one and then an additional three designation were applied for and approved by SAQA, namely that of Disaster Management Professional (PrDM), Disaster Management Practitioner (DMPc), Disaster Management Associate (DMA) and Disaster Management Technician (DMT).

DMISA has been very busy preparing and implementing the documents, systems and procedures to accommodate the governance of the four designations and all the resources required by potential applicants to apply for registration and to maintain their registration through continuous professional development. On 1 April 2017 DMISA also went live with its professionalisation portal on the Internet, accessible from www.disaster.co.za and containing all the relevant information and resources required.

All Disaster Management functionaries interested in professional registration can visit the portal to familiarise themselves with the requirements and process for registration. DMISA understands the need for potential applicants to be supported or coached through the process and resources for DMISA membership coaches has been developed, is constantly improved and has already been workshopped successfully with KZN and WC regions’ leadership. Similar interventions are planned for Algoa in May and Magalies, Southern Gauteng, Free State and Limpopo in July.

Standard Registration Requirements

Registration requirements

Procedure 1: Standard registration

Disaster Management Technician [DMT]

The requirements for standard registration are:

  • NQF level 5 qualification in Disaster Management
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of Disaster Management

Disaster Management Associate [DMA]

The requirements for standard registration are:

  • NQF level 6 qualification in Disaster Management
  • A minimum of 3 years in the field of Disaster Management

Disaster Management Practitioner [DMPc]

The requirements for standard registration are:

  • NQF level 7 qualification in Disaster Management
  • A minimum of 3 years in the field of Disaster Management

Disaster Management Professional [PrDM]

The requirements for standard registration are:

  • NQF level 8 qualification in Disaster Management
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in senior management, of which at least 3 years must be in a full-time disaster management position at management level.

For a standard registration, the following documents are required for all four designations:

  • Completed application form
  • Certified copy of ID
  • Certified copy of drivers licence (minimum code EB)
  • Full curriculum vitae including employment record
  • Certified copies of Qualifications
  • PrDM: 2 summarised reports of specific disaster management projects of which you were in charge, of no more than 500 words each. It should clearly indicate your ability pertaining to project management, and financial management. Proof of additional courses completed in project and financial management will be advantageous.
  • DMPc: 2 summarised reports of specific disaster management projects in which you participated with a supervisory role, of no more than 500 words each.
  • DMA: 2 summarised reports of specific disaster management projects in which you participated with a specified responsibility, of no more than 500 words each.
  • DMT: 2 summarised reports of specific disaster management projects in which you participated with a specified skill you practiced, of no more than 500 words each.
  • A job description
  • A letter of confirmation by current employer
  • Signed Code of Ethics

Please note:

  • The assessors, moderator or DMISA can request any other additional information to support any claims made.
  • The application will be administered by DMISA who will present it to two independent assessors for verification. After acceptance by both assessors, a moderator will quality check the application and call the final approval for registration. The application will then be processed to grant Professional Designation Status to the applicant. Professional status will only be official if you signed the code of ethics, which will include a commitment to CPD.

Explanation of requirements:

Requirement Explanation
NQF level qualification in Disaster Management A registered requirement with SAQA.
Years of experience A registered requirement with SAQA.
Completed application form To collect all needed information
Certified copy of ID To verify applicant identity
Certified copy of drivers licence (minimum code EB) A registered requirement with SAQA.
Full curriculum vitae including employment record Needed to assess requirements as set out in the application form
Certified copies of Qualifications Needed to verify qualifications mentioned in CV
2 summarised reports of specific disaster management projects Needed to assess requirements as set out in the application form. NB: Please note the specific requirements/goal needed to fulfil for each designation level
A job description Needed to assess requirements as set out in the application form
A letter of confirmation by current employer Needed to verify current position
Signed Code of Ethics Required by DMISA, and to commit to CPD

RPL Registration Requirements

Registration requirements

Procedure 2: RPL Registration (Recognition of Prior Learning)

Disaster Management Technician [DMT]

The requirements for an RPL registration are:

  • Any NQF 5 plus 5 – 8 years in the field of Disaster Management
  • or: Any NQF 6 plus 3 – 5 years in the field of Disaster Management
  • or: Any NQF 7 plus 1 – 3 years in the field of Disaster Management

Disaster Management Associate [DMA]

The requirements for an RPL registration are:

  • Any NQF 5 plus 8 – 10 years in the field of Disaster Management
  • or: Any NQF 6 plus 5 – 8 years in the field of Disaster Management
  • or: Any NQF 7 plus 3 – 5 years in the field of Disaster Management

Disaster Management Practitioner [DMPc]

The requirements for an RPL registration are:

  • Any NQF 5 plus 10 – 15 years in the field of Disaster Management
  • or: Any NQF 6 plus 8 – 10 years in the field of Disaster Management
  • or: Any NQF 7 plus 5 – 8 years in the field of Disaster Management

Disaster Management Professional [PrDM]

The requirements for an RPL registration are:

  • Any NQF 5 and 15-20 years in the field of Disaster Management
  • or: Any NQF 6 and 10-15 years in the field of Disaster Management
  • or: Any NQF 7 and 8-10 years in the field of Disaster Management
  • or: Any NQF 8 and 5-8 years in the field of Disaster Management

For an RPL registration, the following documents are required:

  • Completed application form
  • Certified copy of ID
  • Certified copy of drivers licence (minimum code EB)
  • Full curriculum vitae including employment record
  • Certified copies of Qualifications
  • Detailed, certified, official results of qualifications indicating the subjects completed and marks obtained. [This is needed for a mapping exercise.]
  • PrDM: 5 summarised reports of specific disaster management projects of which you were in charge, of no more than 500 words each. It should clearly indicate your ability pertaining to project management, and financial management. Proof of additional courses completed in project and financial management will be advantageous.
  • DMPc: 2 summarised reports of specific disaster management projects in which you participated with a supervisory role, of no more than 500 words each.
  • DMA: 2 summarised reports of specific disaster management projects in which you participated with a specified responsibility, of no more than 500 words each.
  • DMT: 2 summarised reports of specific disaster management projects in which you participated with a specified skill you practiced, of no more than 500 words each.
  • A job description
  • A letter of confirmation by current employer

Please note:

  • The applicant must ensure that the above documentation confirms all the claims made on the application form. If needed, additional evidence must be provided to validate claims made.
  • The assessors, moderator or DMISA can request any other additional information to support any claims made.
  • The application will be administered by DMISA who will present it to two independent assessors for verification. The assessors will complete a mapping exercise to evaluate the applicability of the qualifications presented, against the requirement of professional status. After acceptance by both assessors, a moderator will quality check the application and call the final approval for registration. The application will then be processed to grant Professional Designation Status to the applicant. Professional status will only be official if you signed the code of ethics, which will include a commitment to CPD.

Explanation of requirements:

Requirement Explanation
Any specified NQF level qualification, with specified years of Disaster Management experience. Allows people working in disaster management, without disaster specific qualifications to register.
Completed application form To collect all needed information
Certified copy of ID To verify applicant identity
Certified copy of drivers licence (minimum code EB) A registered requirement with SAQA.
Full curriculum vitae including employment record Needed to assess requirements as set out in the application form, especially important to cover qualifications gaps
Certified copies of Qualifications Needed to verify qualifications mentioned in CV
Detailed, certified, official results of qualifications indicating the subjects completed and marks obtained Needed to assess requirements as set out in the application form. These qualifications, together with the CV, job description and summarised reports, will be used to assess all the required criteria of the RPL tools*.
5 summarised reports of specific disaster management projects Needed to assess requirements as set out in the application form. These summaries, together with the CV, job description and qualifications, will be used to assess all the required criteria of the RPL tools. NB – more reports are required than for the standard registration to ensure all qualification gaps are covered. Please note the specific requirements/goal needed to fulfil for each designation level
A job description Needed to assess requirements as set out in the application form
A letter of confirmation by current employer Needed to verify current position
Signed Code of Ethics Required by DMISA, and to commit to CPD

 * The RPL tools are detailed documents, stipulating the outcomes of disaster-specific qualifications as registered on the NQF. These tools are available to applicants on request. Designated assessors are trained and assisted in completing the rigorous RPL process. Any RPL process is always more cumbersome than a standard process to ensure quality of standards. However, it remains a worthwhile exercise to ensure access to education and/or professional progress. RPL tools are not used for standard registration.

Summary of registration requirements

Disaster Management Technician (DMT)

The requirements for standard registration are:
– NQF level 5 qualification in Disaster Management
– A minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of Disaster Management

The requirements for an RPL registration are:
– Any NQF 5 plus 5 – 8 years in the field of Disaster Management
– Any NQF 6 plus 3 – 5 years in the field of Disaster Management
– Any NQF 7 plus 1 – 3 years in the field of Disaster Management

Disaster Management Associate (DMA)

The requirements for standard registration are:
– NQF level 6 qualification in Disaster Management
– A minimum of 3 years in the field of Disaster Management

The requirements for an RPL registration are:
– Any NQF 5 plus 8 – 10 years in the field of Disaster Management
– Any NQF 6 plus 5 – 8 years in the field of Disaster Management
– Any NQF 7 plus 3 – 5 years in the field of Disaster Management

Disaster Management Practitioner (DMPc)

The requirements for standard registration are:
– NQF level 7 qualification in Disaster Management
– A minimum of 3 years in the field of Disaster Management

The requirements for an RPL registration are:
– Any NQF 5 plus 10 – 15 years in the field of Disaster Management
– Any NQF 6 plus 8 – 10 years in the field of Disaster Management
– Any NQF 7 plus 5 – 8 years in the field of Disaster Management

Disaster Management Professional (PrDM)

The requirements for standard registration are:
– NQF level 8 qualification in Disaster Management
– A minimum of 7 years of experience in senior management, of which at least 3 years must be in a full-time disaster management position at management level.

The requirements for an RPL registration are:
– Any NQF 5 and 15-20 years in the field of Disaster Management
or Any NQF 6 and 10-15 years in the field of Disaster Management
or Any NQF 7 and 8-10 years in the field of Disaster Management
or Any NQF 8 and 5-8 years in the field of Disaster Management