Member Qualifications

Ilasa – Professional Body Status

The South African Qualifications Authority (“SAQA”) was established in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (“NQF”) Act 67 of 2008 and in terms of this legislation was charged with forming a customary method for the recognition process of Professional Bodies.

It now gives us great pleasure to announce that the SAQA Board has approved the recognition of ILASA as a Professional Body, for the purposes of the NQF Act.

SAQA has also approved the registration of the following professional designation:

  • Professional Loss Adjuster

This has given rise to ILASA being awarded Professional Body Status for the Loss Adjusting industry and simultaneous recognition of our professional designation. In time, we will strive to have leaders, of all related industry players, to both endorse and recognize our professional status. It now falls on your National Committee to formally confer these designations on our qualified members.

You will be kept apprised of developments.

Members who Achieved Professional Body Status.

The requirements to be awarded the status of Professional Loss Adjuster are set out below:

1. Be an Associate or Fellow of the Institute.
2. Hold the Higher Certificate / National Certificate in Short Term Insurance / ACII / AIISA / FCII / FIISA qualification by examination.
3. Have not less than 5 continuous years of practical experience as a loss adjuster.

They must also have complied with the CPD requirement and they should have completed the renewal application.

We have been advised that this may also be achieved by doing an RPL and we are investigating what this would entail. All information will be put on the website in the near future.

Click here to view the list of Members who Achieved Professional Body Status

1. APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP AND/OR ELEVATION

1.1 An applicant for membership, in a format prescribed by the National Committee, shall pay a fee that is partially refundable if the application is unsuccessful.

1.2 The Executive Committee shall, on receipt of a member’s application, in a format prescribed by the National Committee, for elevation to a category of membership, grant such application if the applicant meets the requirements. If the applicant is a member of the committee, he may not be present during discussion of or decision relating to the application and shall have no vote.

MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS

An applicant for membership or elevation shall meet with the following requirements:

2.1 CANDIDATE MEMBERSHIP

2.1.1 A person will be admitted as a Candidate Member if he:

2.1.1.1 is not less than 18 years of age; and

2.1.1.2 holds a Grade 12 or equivalent educational qualification; and

2.1.1.3 is employed by a firm of loss adjusters where at least 1 principal is a Fellow or Associate of the Institute; and

2.1.1.4 within 5 years of being admitted to membership of the Institute, obtains or holds a qualification at NQF5 level registered by SAQA and quality assured by an accredited assurer, which is equivalent to a National Certificate, related to insurance studies and comprising a minimum of 120 credits as approved by the National Committee from time to time; and

2.1.1.5 is a fit and proper person.

2.1.2 Failure to comply with the requirement in 2.1.1.4 above shall result in the immediate termination of the member.

2.1.3 A Candidate Loss Adjuster:

2.1.3.1 shall not have the right to vote in the affairs of the Institute; and

2.1.3.2 shall display the words “Candidate Loss Adjuster – Working under Supervision” behind his name on all stationery used by him and/or below his signature on any document; and

2.1.3.3 may not operate and/or run and/or manage his own loss adjusting business.

2.2 ACCREDITED MEMBERSHIP

2.2.1 A person will be elevated to Accredited Membership if he:

2.2.1.1 is not less than 25 years of age; and

2.2.1.2 has been a candidate loss adjuster for not less than 3 years; and

2.2.1.3 has been a Candidate Loss Adjuster for at least 1 year, if he: has been habitually engaged as an in-house non-motor assessor in the short term insurance industry for a period of not less than 3 calendar years; or has been actively employed in the short term insurance industry as a non-motor claims handler for a period of not less than 5 full calendar years; or has been actively employed in the non-motor short term insurance industry for a period of not less than 10 calendar years; and

2.2.1.4 is a fit and proper person; and

2.2.1.5 has achieved a qualification at NQF5 registered by SAQA and quality assured by an accredited assurer, which is equivalent to a National Diploma related to insurance studies and comprising a minimum of 120 credits, as approved by the National Committee from time to time.

2.2.1.6 Existing Accredited members shall achieve an NQF4 qualification consisting of not less than 120 credits within five years of having been admitted as an Accredited Member, failing which such member shall be relegated to Candidate Loss Adjuster membership status and be required to complete the full requirements of that category of membership within a further 5 years, failing which membership shall be permanently terminated.

2.3 ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

2.3.1 A person will be elevated to Associate Member if he:

2.3.1.1 is not less than 30 years of age; and

2.3.1.2 has achieved the Qualification as set out in 2.2.1.5 above; and

2.3.1.3 has practiced as an Accredited Member for a period of not less than 5 full calendar years; and

2.3.1.4 is a fit and proper person.

2.4 FELLOW MEMBERSHIP

2.4.1 A person will be elevated to Fellow Member if he:

2.4.1.1 is not less than 35 years of age; and 3

2.4.1.2 has met or attained the current Associateship member’s qualifications as set out in point 2.2.1.5 of the Associate Membership requirements; and

2.4.1.3 has practiced as an Accredited and Associate member for a combined period of not less than 10 full calendar years; and

2.4.1.4 presents himself to a panel of not less than 3 Fellows of the Institute appointed by the Executive Committee and demonstrates that he has sufficient expertise, experience, knowledge and skill to be recommended to Fellowship by the appointed panel; and

2.4.1.5 publishes a paper or other appropriate publication or document, the subject matter of which shall be approved by the Executive Committee, on a specific subject related to insurance that will be of benefit to loss adjusters or the short term insurance industry and which shall be presented to a panel of not less than 3 Fellows of the Institute appointed by the Executive Committee for adjudication; and

2.4.1.6 is a fit and proper person