SAHITA’s Building Inspector Course

BIG NEWS: National Building Inspector Qualification being developed

SAHITA has been approved by the  QCTO (Quality Council for Trades & Occupations) to develop a National Building Inspector qualification.   SAHITA is working with other stakeholders (NHBRC, LGSeta, municipalities, banks, NRCS and the private sector) to develop this important qualification – which should be finalised and approved in 2017.

In anticipation of this new Building Inspector qualification, SAHITA has again taken the initiative and funded a new non-profit organisation  the National Association of Building Inspectors of South Africa – see   for more details.  All SAHITA graduates qualify for membership of NABISA.

This important new Building Inspector qualification will will provide training and assessment standards for the work done by private sector home inspection companies, the NHBRC inspectors and by the municipal building control officers.

Home inspection”, or “property survey”, is one of the most exciting business opportunities in South Africa. You can become part of this fast-growing industry.  The SA home inspection industry is especially suitable for small business and entrepreneurs.  The prospects for growth are excellent, start-up costs are low and a high level of professional and personalised service will enhance your prospects of success.

SAHITA offers South African focused training opportunities to entrepreneurs to enhance their building inspection skills.

Register with SAHITA now to start your career as a building inspector and ensure that youhave the correct knowledge  to function as a home inspection professional.

Name of the Learning Programme:

SAHITA is also awaiting final approval of its learning programme from Services Seta.  This programme, the Property Assessment Practitioner, will be embedded in the SAQA qualification (ID 66249), the Further Education and Training Certificate: New Venture Creation at NQF Level 4, worth 12 credits, as per the table below:

Manage general administration
Perform basic life support and first aid procedures

The programme is in the process of approval through the Service SETA.

The SAHITA course consists of four sections and provides participants with:

  • Section One: Comprehensive theoretical knowledge, properly equipping the South African Property Assessment Practitioner (home inspector) with knowledge to identify, evaluate and report on all observed defects in South African homes and commercial and industrial buildings. (This section of the course is entirely online and is available for enrolment immediately.)
  • Section Two: A basic knowledge and application of skill sets in managing administrative systems, report writing especially for home inspection purposes, basic budgeting, the development of business plan documents, including action plans, marketing plans and financial plans for a small business, suitable for an entrepreneur in a property assessment practice. (Tuition for this section of the course will be available online from 2016 and will include classroom training offered regionally throughout South African from the second half of 2016).
    Course Objectives of this section of the course are to assist the learner to:

    • Learn and understand the most important concepts of:
      • General administrative tasks and duties to run a small business for property inspections, including the checklists provided by SAHITA and the template report on a property inspection as required for sales.
      • The learner will be evaluated on the concepts of administration and the tasks attached to it, report writing and financial planning, including confidentiality of handling business information.
      • Finally the learner will be required to attend a regional strategic planning workshop where classroom instruction takes place on how to draw up business and action plan documents, marketing and promotional strategies and financial planning documentation.
    • Describe the purpose and major content of the learning units.
    • Understand the level of responsibility, authority and accountability held by those involved in conducting property assessments and running a small business.
    • Articulate the processes to be taken in line with the inspections to be carried out and the reports to be completed during and after an inspection has taken place.
  • Section Three: Practical inspection instruction taking the form of job shadowing and mentoring of SAHITA students by trained and experienced Property Assessment Practitioners. (This practical instruction will be offered to SAHITA certified students on a regional basis from the second half of 2016.)
  • Section Four: Compilation of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) to be approved by SAHITA’s Services SETA accredited Assessor.

Who will benefit from this SAHITA training?

People who are actively involved in property inspections, working in alliance with property estate agencies, municipalities, statutory bodies and construction companies.

Portfolio of Evidence

At the end of the training session/s, the learner will have to submit a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE), which will be assessed and declared as Competent. If the learner is not declared competent then there may be some remedial work needed before the PoE is submitted a second time.

Who should be evaluated through RPL?

People who were trained in the informal sector, with one year or more experience as a house inspector, wishing to improve their skills and wanting to do more training in the world of work, namely property assessment practices. The RPL PoE is also based on the unit standards knowledge and experience but historical, direct and indirect evidence will also be eligible and taken into account. This is a special process that will allow the collected evidence of previous years working in the property assessment environment to be taken as value towards the standards set. It may happen that a learner has done one or two of the three components and this will be taken into consideration (evidence of training and work experience) when the RPL PoE must be submitted.


Must be able to understand, read and write English and be older than 18 years.

Trainer Profile

All facilitators will be trained facilitator/assessors registered by the Service SETA.

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The SAHITA course

The SAHITA course is endorsed by NABISA (National Association of Building Inspectors of SA) and By HouseCheck, South Africa's leading home inspection company.

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