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The Institute for Work at Height was initially formed as a trade organisation in January 2009 being a merger of the Specialised Access Engineering Manufacturers Association (SAEMA) and the Rope Access And Fall Arrest Association (RAFAA) desirous of creating safety awareness and in turn “professionalism in the overall Work At Height Industry”. Soon other sectors of the work at height industry joined, and the seven different chambers were created.

The members all agreed that their input in the development of the necessary skills was lacking and thus they decided to apply for the registration of a Professional Body. In November 2012, the Institute for Work at Height Professional Body received official recognition by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).


The main objective for which the Institute has been established is to promote communal and group interests of those companies or individuals engaged in the work at height industry, including any other associated operations or activities there to. Other objectives strived for, are as follows:

  • Provides a unified voice for suppliers and users of all types of work at height equipment and services.
  • Sets and maintains Industry standards.
  • Develops guidelines and frameworks for skills development within the Industry via its Professional Body which is recognised by SAQA.
  • Impresses on clients the professionalism, integrity, and credibility of IWH members by adherence to a Code of Ethical Practice.
  • Represents Industry views to Government Departments and the Private Sector.
  • Provides information on all related work at height matters.
  • Provides a regular forum for members to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest.


The Institute for Work at Height is governed by a Constitution, Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure. These documents can be viewed on the website by clicking on the relevant links.