The Municipal Academy delivers courses for municipal engineering and planning practitioners to enhance their ability to deliver, operate and maintain municipal services.


SAICE-PDP currently has a contract with the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) to deliver a range of courses for municipal officials in main centres until March 2016. There is no charge for municipal officials to attend the scheduled courses. The courses on offer are listed below. More detail and booking forms can be found under the Courses pop-down menu.

Civil engineering

  • Principles of Planning and Management for Municipal Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Procurement and Tendering for Construction Contracts
  • Getting Acquainted with General Conditions of Contract (GCC)
  • Getting Acquainted with Concrete
  • Introduction to Sewer Design
  • Introduction to Pressure Pipeline Design
  • Pavement Engineering: Implementation, Quality Management and Post-construction Activities
  • Road to Registration for Candidates
  • Road to Registration for Experienced Candidates
  • Road to Registration for Mature Candidates

Electrical Engineering

  • Technical Writing for Engineers
  • Photovoltaic Solar Systems
  • Finance Essential for Engineers
  • Project Management
  • LV Protection
  • Electric Arc Flash Safety

Waste Management

  • Hazardous Waste
  • Supervisors Waste Management
  • Apply Environmental Tools to Assess Impact


  • How to use the Provincial Spatial Development Framework (SDF) Toolkit
  • How to conduct Town Planning and Development Applications

A municipality can schedule an in-house course covering any of these topics at the municipality’s cost. Please contact Marthelene Buckle on for a quote. It is possible to get permission from MISA to use the existing contract to satisfy supply chain requirements.

Developing municipal engineering practitioners

SAICE-PDP is currently designing a range of workshops integrated with follow-up coaching to develop young municipal engineering practitioners and assist them with rebuilding sound systems and procedures in their municipalities.

Typically the topics will cover activities which need to be carried out during the year such as developing Master Plans, the IDP, budgets, scopes of work, tender documents and the like. Delegates will then be asked to prepare their municipal document(s) as an assignment(s) and the facilitator will be available to give input. Other topics will include running a depot, managing operations and maintenance. Should you be interested in such support or wish to contribute to the development of this model please contact Allyson Lawless on

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