SESSA Membership Options

Gold members

A Gold member has voting rights at SESSA’s council and substantial input into the industry. The Gold member also carries a huge responsibility towards the integrity of the industry. This membership option is aimed at key industry players who are leaders in their fields.

Gold membership fees amounts to the following:

  • Two payments per year of R4500 each; or
  • One payment of R8500

The Gold member will also receive a dated certificate, membership cards and a unique membership number.

The Gold member has access to the following services:

  • SESSA Guarantee of Excellence (GoE)
  • Ombudsman function
  • Code of conduct
  • Member network marketing
  • Preferential marketing & advertising opportunities
  • SESSA website link
  • Access to accredited training at discount rates
  • Free consumer advice
  • Awareness campaign
  • Alignment with strategic stakeholders

Corporate members

A Corporate member has voting rights at SESSA’s council and significant input into the industry.  The Corporate member also carries a large responsibility towards the integrity of the industry. This membership option is aimed at SMMEs with substantial skills and experience in their field.

Corporate membership fees amounts to the following:

  • Two payments per year of R1750 each; or
  • One payment of R3000

The Corporate member will also receive a dated certificate, membership cards and a unique membership number.

The Corporate member has access to the following services:

  • SESSA Guarantee of Excellence (GoE)
  • Ombudsman function
  • Code of conduct
  • Member network marketing
  • Marketing & advertising opportunities
  • SESSA website link
  • Access to accredited training at discount rates
  • Free consumer advice
  • Awareness campaign
  • Alignment with strategic stakeholders

Agent members

An Agent member is linked to a gold member. This membership option is aimed at subsidiaries of gold members. An Agent member must be introduced by a gold member to qualify. 

Agent membership fees amounts to the following:

  • Two payments per year of R1150 each; or
  • One payment of R2000

The Agent member will also receive a dated certificate, membership cards and a unique membership number.

The Agent member has access to the following services:

  • SESSA Guarantee of Excellence (GoE)
  • Ombudsman function
  • Code of conduct
  • Member network marketing
  • SESSA website link
  • Access to accredited training at discount rates
  • Free consumer advice
  • Awareness campaign
  • Alignment with strategic stakeholders

Student Member

A Student member is defined as a standalone company that is still new to the industry. This membership option is aimed at emerging SMMEs, who wish to build skills, knowledge and experience through membership networking and accredited skills and training programs offered by SESSA training network members.

Student membership fees amounts to the following:

  • Two payments per year of R600 each; or
  • One payment of R1000

The Student member will also receive a dated certificate, membership cards and a unique membership number.

The Student member has access to the following services:

  • SESSA Guarantee of Excellence (GoE)
  • Ombudsman function
  • Code of conduct
  • SESSA website link
  • Access to accredited training and skills development programs at discount rates
  • Awareness campaign

SESSA Membership Benefits

SESSA stands for good business practices and ensures that the goods and services offered by its members are of the highest quality.

Through the Guarantee of Excellence, the ombudsman function and the Code of Conduct, SESSA members carry credibility and can offer their customers additional peace of mind, thereby gaining a competitive edge.

 

SESSA GoE

The SESSA Guarantee of Excellence is a document that must accompany every installation. This document guarantees the client the following:

  • 1.      That the products installed comply with all SANS standards
  • 2.      That the products installed carry a warrantee backed up by supplier and installer
  • 3.      That the supply chain understands and complies with the Consumer Protection Act (CPA)
  • 4.      That the supplier and installer will at all times adhere to the SESSA Code of Conduct

Consumers that are not satisfied with either the products or installations have access to the Ombudsman of SESSA, who will be able to objectively assess each case on its merit and make the necessary recommendations.


Ombudsman Function

The SESSA Ombudsman acts as a mediator to resolve issues. This can range from technical to legal matters. The ombudsman can, if necessary, recommend to SESSA Council the suspension of members that do not follow the Code of Conduct. The ombudsman provides a fair and un-biased approach to problems faced by both consumers and SESSA members and as such not only protects consumers but also the SESSA members.

The Ombudsman function is a strong marketing and sales tool by giving potential customers additional security and peace of mind, when buying from SESSA members.

 

SESSA Code of Conduct

By signing the SESSA Code of Conduct, SESSA members commit to the values of the industry. This not only provides peace of mind to consumers, but also when SESSA members supply each other. The SESSA code of conduct also regulates the relationship between companies and their customers. It ensures that SESSA members comply with the CPA and also protects their interests.

 

Member Network Marketing

Each SESSA member will have the opportunity to showcase to the SESSA member network what his business is about on a pre-designed template. The idea is to grow our capability as a network in a maturing market and share ideas where companies are not in competition.

Members will be called to publish case-studies about good installations on the SESSA website on a rotational basis advertising their services and promoting the quality of their work.

Specific advertising opportunities on the SESSA website may be made available to members in the near future.

 

SESSA Website Membership Directory

The SESSA website membership directory linking to members websites provides every member an opportunity to advertise their services and products to the general public looking for credible suppliers and installers. The membership directory and supplier search are the most commonly used function on our website with hundreds of consumers searching for suppliers in their area every month.

Each SESSA member can create photo albums in their profile showcasing their installation and work. These albums are then visible on that members public profile.

 

Access to Training

In the SESSA network there are training companies that will offer ACCREDITED training at discount rates to SESSA members.  The training offered includes the following:

  • Solar water heating
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Welding
  • PV
  • Building

For student members our training providers offer customised training and skills development programs at discounted rates. This is a key element of SESSAs strategy to enable emerging SMMEs to develop and grow the industry, while at the same time ensuring the highest standards and quality.

 

Free Consumer Advice via Independent Ombudsman

The ombudsman office often receives enquiries from people wanting credible suppliers, in which case the potential customers are referred to the SESSA website. This creates an indirect line of marketing and further enhances the value of the member listing and case-studies on the website.

 

Marketing Campaign

A campaign will be launched early in 2019 through the media to make consumers aware of the value of choosing SESSA members for goods and services. SESSA members will be able to market their product and quality through articles published on our website.

 

Alignment with Strategic Stakeholders

SESSA is aligning itself with various stakeholders. They include amongst others SANEDI, SABS, SAIA, PIRB, SAREC and SAPVIA as well as press and media partners. Besides representing the interests of our members, SESSA aims to supply its members with accurate, relevant and up to date information on new developments affecting the industry.

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