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Profile of The South African Institute of Draughting ® NPC


  • The name of the Institute is the South African Institute of Draughting® NPC, a non-profit registered company, with its name as a registered 'Trade Mark' and its abbreviated designation is SAID.
  • The Institute is an independent, professional body which was established in the Republic of South Africa in 1953.
  • The Institute is verified as an Exempted Micro Enterprise Level 4 in terms of BBBEE procurement recognition level of 100%.
  • The Institute strives to serve it's members, interacting with all role players and associated industries, being mindful and conscious of necessary changes in the environment to fulfill it's vision.
  • An objective of the Institute is to promote the interests of all members and all professions within the Built Environment.
  • The Institute is not a trade union, is not involved in any salary negotiations and does not offer any courses or learnerships. It does, however, introduce its members to employers seeking the services of reputable draughtspersons and designers.
  • The Institute undertakes to promote the career of draughting and design as specialised occupations that may rightfully claim the privilege of professional status. It also endeavours to ensure that the integrity of the profession is adhered to by its members with a strict Code of Conduct.
  • The Institute is Recognized as a Voluntary Association by two Statutory Councils of the Council for the Built Environment (CBE), namely, the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).
  • The Department of Home Affairs recognizes the Institute as a Professional Accreditation Body, as published in the Government Gazette No. 37716, of 03 June 2014.
  • Various draughting colleges have been registered as a voluntary 'Member - College' of the Institute which is beneficial to both the colleges and their students.
  • The Institute has been and is represented on many authoritative bodies in South Africa, namely, the South African Qualifications Authority's (SAQA's) Consultative Panels and the Standard Generating Bodies (SGBs) in the fields of Building Construction, Civil and Generic Manufacturing Engineering and Technology.
  • In addition, the Institute has, for many years, been represented on the Council of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and on many of SACAP's Committees. The Engineering Council of South Africa's (ECSA's) Presidents Forum, workshops and information sessions are attended by a representative of the Institute.
  • In the extremely competitive employment market of today and with the implementation of and the strict adherence to the Statutory Acts of the Architectural and the Engineering Councils, a draughtsperson or designer cannot afford to be complacent and not be registered as a member of a Recognized Institute.
  • One of the Institute's aims is to improve the status of its members within commerce, industry, national and local government services.
  • Several companies and government bodies recommend and promote the registration of their employees with the Institute.
  • Members of the public frequently contact the Institute to confirm whether prospective draughtspersons or designers are registered members of the Institute, prior to contracting with them.
  • Application for Membership forms and Check Lists can be downloaded from the Institute's website, requested telephonically or by eMail.