The rules state that you need a minimum of 3 years of experience before you can apply for ECSA registration.

So how long does it really take for me to become ECSA registered?

You decide how long it takes

This is not the answer you were looking for but it is the honest truth. Some candidates take years while others take months. It all depends on much time you dedicate to completing your reports and gaining the necessary work experience.


1. You can become ECSA registered within the next 6 months

Provided you implement an intensive training plan with realistic goals.

Yes I have heard some candidates state that they will wrap all reports up and apply within the next month.

Both of us know this is unrealistic and the candidate is setting himself / herself up for failure. So instead of committing to something that is unrealistic……

2. Review your daily schedule

Most of us work full days jobs, have families and participate in some form of hobby or sport.  

 Time is a luxury we sometimes don’t have.

 So we need to answer the question  “How much time can I really allocate to my professional development?”

3. Try this at home

Write down all of your daily activities that you perform in one week. Don’t forget to include weekends.

Assign how much time you spend to complete these activities and double check that it all adds up to 24 hours.

Don’t forget to include activities such as sleeping, showering, cooking dinner, eating etc…. I know we often take these activities for granted but they need to be included.

Allocate a certain period whereby you will only work towards becoming professionally registered.

Now apply……

4. Consistency, Discipline and sacrifice

Choose which days of the week and the specific time you wish to work on your professional development and stick to it.

I allocated 3 hours each day from Monday to Thursday to work on my professional development.

I woke up at 5am and worked for one hour and then worked between 8pm – 10 pm to fill in the gaps.

I made sure I had Fridays and weekends off I am human and need a break to recover from such a stressful lifestyle.

Once you have a routine……

5. Create the ultimate training plan

Write down every task you need to complete so you can become ECSA registered and then plan when you are going to do it.

In my case, I decided to work on my professional development between Monday and Thursday for 3 hours each day. I required 9 hours to type one training and experience report. If I started on a Monday, I would finish on Wednesday evening.

Notice how going into the finer details makes all the difference.

The most important thing to notice is that things are well structured, and I still have time to do the things that I enjoy.

Here’s what to do next

There is a saying, “failure to plan is planning to fail.”

Success to becoming ECSA registered in the fastest possible time lies in good planning and execution.

Start your ESCA registration journey today

We would like you to implement our training system into your training program so you too can be like our students who are now professionally registered with ECSA.

You could potentially become ECSA registered within the next 6 months provided you already have 3 years of working experience.