IMSSA states that IMSSA, ‘as an independent learned society, will at all times be deemed to be a purely professional, technical and scientific body functioning in the interest of the Mine Surveying profession at large’.
MINING INDUSTRY SUPPORT FOR IMSSA CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTACTIVITIES FOR PRACTICING MINE SURVEYORS
The Constitution of the Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa (IMSSA) states that IMSSA, ‘as an independent learned society, will at all times be deemed to be a purely professional, technical and scientific body functioning in the interest of the Mine Surveying profession at large’. To demonstrate this nature of our activities, one of our objectives is to advance the science and practice of Mine Surveying, Mineral Evaluation and allied disciplines. IMSSA developed a new strategic plan in 2010, which includes matters of Education; Registration of Mine Surveyors; IMSSA alliance with professional bodies; and a Continued Professional Development (CPD) structure for Mine Surveyors.
Regarding CPD and the development of a point system for activities, we see CPD as a broad concept, not just upholding registration. IMSSA’s professional affiliation with a statutory body is with the South African Geomatics Council SAGC (previously PLATO) established in terms of the Professional and Technical Surveyors’ Act, 1984 (Act No 40 of 1984). To date there has been no requirement for surveyors to maintain professional development by attending IMSSA and SAGC events, however, this is about to change, in order to align with professional best practice. To this effect, IMSSA has approached SAGC to create and implement a CPD framework for practicing surveyors.
The purpose of this letter is to request mining companies employing mine surveyors to:
• Provide support for mine surveyors to maintain IMSSA membership and apply for registration with SAGC as a minimum requirement for maintaining currency of knowledge in their professional field;
• Support IMSSA members to earn CPD points by attending professional development events and activities as an ongoing requirement to maintain currency of knowledge; and
• Incorporate professional membership and registration as part of performance assessment and career development criteria for practicing mine surveyors.
Yours sincerely – Professor FT Cawood. Past President: IMSSA