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.

Training, education, skills development and capacity building news


The report describes the outcome of the re-aligning and developing of an Occupational Qualification for the Disaster Management Officer (OFO Code: 541907) and Disaster Management Manager (OFO Code: 134912) by Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA).

Download the report here: Report on Review LGSeta NQF 4-5 2019


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

Notices and Announcements

DMISA Constitution 2018, as amended

DMISA’s role as SAQA-approved professional body for Disaster Management in South Africa required some changes to the Institute’s Constitution.  The process to change the Constitution,  as well as what changes were proposed and accepted, are described here.



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.

DMISA supports the Disaster Management / Disaster Risk Reduction community of practice

DMISA is committed to providing learning, networking and alignment opportunities for the Disaster Management / Disaster Risk Reduction community of practice in Southern Africa. We encourage interaction between practitioners, researchers, legislators, stakeholders and leadership across Southern Africa to build capacity and resilience, reduce risk, and improve our common understanding of disaster risk. Our common goal is to reduce the impact of disasters on society and to build future ready sustainable communities.

The following links may be useful to our members and the general community of practice:

Disaster Risk Reduction in Southern Africa


This SADC website provides a platform for sharing of information on Disaster Risk Reduction / Disaster Management, and provides learning opportunities for DRR practitioners and other stakeholders.