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Profile of 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.

It 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 employer's 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 Recognised as a Voluntary Association by two of the Statutory Councils of the Built Environment, namely, the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

The Department of Home Affairs recognises the Institute as a Professional Accreditation Body, as published in the Government Gazette No. 37716, of 03 June 2014.

Various draughting colleges have Voluntary Membership of the Institute which is beneficial to both the colleges and the 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 is also 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 and all workshops 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 recognised Institute. Many companies and several government bodies recommend that their employees register with the South African Institute of Draughting® NPC.

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.

The Objectives of the Institute are to:


  • promote the interests of all members and all professions within the Built Environment.
  • promote and maintain the science and professional practice of draughting and design.
  • motivate all members to improve their knowledge and skills and apply such in the interest of the public and the environment.
  • guide draughtspersons to undertake work in accordance within the category of registration with the respective Statutory Councils.
  • encourage all members to refrain from any conduct which may bring their profession into disrepute.
  • maintain a disciplinary process to retain the integrity of the profession; and
  • manage and conduct all business of the Institute in a fair and transparent manner.



  • It shall be competent of the Executive Committee to terminate the membership of any member who, in its opinion, has been guilty of any misconduct prejudicial to the interest of the Institute after full consideration of all the facts and provided that such a member shall have the right to give evidence of rebuttal either in person or by written communication to the Executive Committee or it's appointed alternates.
  • In order to uphold the image of the Institute a member shall:
  • order his / her conduct so as to uphold the dignity, status and reputation of the draughting / design / allied profession.
  • discharge his / her duties to his / her employer, client or the public in an efficient manner with skill, competency and integrity.
  • not, whether practising his / her profession or otherwise, maliciously or recklessly injure, either directly or indirectly, the professional reputation, prospects or business of any draughtsperson, designer or allied professional person.
  • only undertake work which their education, training and practical experience have rendered them competent to perform and which they may only legally undertake.
  • maintain the principles of sound practice and strive to improve knowledge and skills and apply such in the interest of the client, the public, the environment and allied professions.