Critical Skills Letter

by | Feb 15, 2021 | Membership

Critical skills letters are only issued to Full Members of WISA, who are in good standing, and have been members for at least 2 years. Members must have a minimum of 3 years working experience as a Water Resource Scientist, to qualify for the Critical Skills letter. If you are not a member of WISA, you will be required to apply for membership in line with WISA’s terms and conditions. You must maintain your membership status throughout your Work VISA validity period at minimum, failure to comply will require all outstanding fees to be settled in full for the validity period of the Work VISA before an updated Critical Skills Letter may be re-issued.

All fees are non-refundable. Fees will not be returned should your application for a Critical Skills Letter be rejected by WISA. This letter will be provided at the discretion of the CEO.

Please provide for a turn-around time of 4 weeks for completion of the assessment process, from date of payment being received.

Fees (VAT inclusive)

Full Members
Assessment fee – R 3,450.00

Non members
Assessment fee – R 5,350.00 (includes two year’s membership fee).

Documents Required

Kindly request your Critical Skills application form from .

The completed application form, must be submitted with the following documents:

  1. SAQA certificates on all foreign qualifications – certified.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from current or previous employers, on organisational letterheads
  3. A current copy of ID/Passport – certified.
  4. Copy of VISA/Permit page, if already in South Africa
  5. Copies of certificates and transcripts – certified (If qualifications are from a foreign nation, please supply SAQA weighted certificates)
  6. Detailed current CV
  7. Proof of payment



The Water Institute of Southern Africa issues the Critical Skills Letters only for certain categories, and it cannot guarantee that the applicant will be provided with the visa on the basis of the letter provided by the Institute. It has no influence over any decisions of the Department of Home Affairs. There is no refund payable by the Institute in the event of an unsuccessful visa application.