Frequently Asked Questions

The following are commonly asked questions and their answers.   The list is not exhaustive and you are welcome  to contact us ask additional questions which may well be added to this list.

 

WHY IS THERE AN ENGINEERING COUNCIL?

The Engineering Council of Namibia (ECN) is a statutory body and its primary function is to protect the public in their dealings with members of the engineering profession and to ensure that the integrity and the enhancement of the status of this profession are maintained?

WHY ARE ENGINEERING STANDARDS NECESSARY?

Engineering standards are set to test the competency of young engineers on their ability to safely apply proper engineering criteria on the work they will have to perform in their relevant working sphere without endangering either: people, infrastructure or the environment.

The Engineering Council of Namibia is not prepared to reduce engineering standards by registering persons who, through force of circumstances beyond their control, could not be trained in accordance with the Engineering Council’s requirements.

However, the Engineering Council will do everything in its power to provide applicants a fair opportunity to prove their engineering competence for registration.

DOES THE ENGINEERING COUNCIL ASSIST FOREIGN ENGINEERS / TECHNICIANS TO OBTAIN A WORK PERMIT?

Once the applicant has been registered with ECN, Council will address a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs to confirm the applicant’s registration. The applicant, when submitting his/her application for a work permit, may use this letter as a supporting document.

MAY I PRACTICE AS A PRIVATE COMPANY OR A CLOSE CORPORATION?

ECN has obtained legal advice on the above-mentioned matter and from the opinion obtained Council has no doubt that Professional Engineers and Incorporated Engineers are entitled to conduct their practice in Namibia in the form of a corporate entity such as a private company or close corporation.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MENTOR, A SUPERVISOR AND A REFEREE?

A mentor should be a person who is able to provide guidance and professional support to the individual in training. A mentor need not be in involved in the day-to-day supervision or coaching of the individual in training.

A supervisor is a person who interacts on a daily basis with the individual in training and is therefore able to offer more intensive training and coaching than a mentor.

A referee is a person called upon to provide an opinion on an applicant’s professionalism at any particular stage during training. A referee does not carry responsibility for guiding an individual in professional development but must be a person who is well placed to express an opinion of the applicant’s competence.

DO I QUALIFY FOR A REDUCTION IN ANNUAL FEES IF I AM A MEMBER OF AN ENGINEERING SOCIETY / INSTITUTE OR IF I AM RETIRED?

Reductions were allowed in the past, but due to the present financial situation of the Engineering Council it was decided that all registered members (retired or otherwise) would pay the full annual fee irrespective of any affiliation to other engineering institutes. This step was necessary to limit the amount of the overall annual increases.

IF I WERE REGISTERED WITH ECN WOULD MY REGISTRATION AUTOMATICALLY BE RECOGNISED BY THE ENGINEERING COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA (ECSA) OR VICE VERSA?

Persons who wish to register with the Engineering Council of Namibia have to follow the normal registration procedures, irrespective of whether they are registered with ECSA and vice versa.

DOES THE ENGINEERING COUNCIL OFFER BURSARIES?

The Engineering Council is a statutory body and its sole income is derived from the members’ registration and annual fees and is therefore not in a financial position to offer any bursaries at this stage. Please check our website for contact details of sponsors of bursaries.

WHAT DETAILS ARE REQUIRED FROM AN APPLICANT WHO STUDIED AT AN HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION NOT KNOWN TO ECN?

Persons who have graduated from a higher educational institute (not known to ECN) and who wish to apply for registration must provide the following information to enable the Registration Committee to evaluate their degrees/diplomas.

1. Name of Educational Institution

2. Fax No or e-mail address of Educational Institution

3. Student number

4. Transcript of records and qualifications (a certified copy of which, if it is not in our official language, must be translated into English)

5. Detailed syllabus/curriculum of degree/diploma (translated into English)

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the above-mentioned information to the Registrar.

HOW IS THE HOURLY TARIFF CHARGED BY AN ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN CALCULATED?

The Regulations regarding the Tariff of Consulting Fees for Professional Engineers and Incorporated Engineers states that the hourly tariff for Engineering Technicians is calculated at 17 cents per N$100 or part thereof of such staff member’s total annual remuneration and other employment benefits. The hourly tariff for Professional Engineers and Incorporated Engineers is currently under scrutiny and any new fee, when approved, will be made available on our website.

DOES THE ENGINEERING COUNCIL OF NAMIBIA RECOGNISE A GOVERNMENT TICKET (CERTIFICATE OF COMPENTENCY) AS AN ENGINEERING QUALIFICATION?

The Government Ticket (Certificate of Competency), which is normally a requirement for employment at factories and mining companies, is not an engineering qualification, but could be an added credit to an applicant’s experience when applying for registration.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MY TRAINING?

An applicant (“in-trainee”) should appreciate that the onus is on him/herself to ensure that the training he/she receives will meet all the requirements as set out in the Requirement Policies for registration as Professional Engineers, Incorporated Engineers or Engineering Technicians.

Should the applicant (“in-trainee”) experience difficulties with his/her training, he/she should attempt to resolve them through the normal channels with his/her employer, or with the person recognised as his/her mentor/supervisor. (The Engineering Council can only give assistance with regards to the requirements for training).

HOW MANY CATEGORIES ARE THERE AND HOW LONG WILL MY TRAINING PERIOD BE?

ENGINEER IN TRAINING PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER

B Sc degree at honours level B Sc degree plus a minimum of 3 years experiential training

B Eng degree at honours level B Eng degree plus a minimum of 3 years experiential training

 

INCORPORATED ENGINEER IN TRAINING

INCORPORATED ENGINEER

B Tech degree B Tech degree plus a minimum of 3 years experiential training

Master’s Diploma in Technology (T5) T5 plus a minimum of 3 years experiential training

 

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN IN TRAINING

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

National Technical Diploma (N6) N6 plus a minimum of 5 years experiential training

National Diploma in Engineering (T3) T3 plus a minimum of 3 years experiential training

National Diploma in Engineering (S4) S4 plus a minimum of 3 years experiential training

National Higher Diploma (T4) T4 plus a minimum of 2 years experiential training