What is Certification?
The AISC Quality Management Systems (QMS) Certification sets the quality standard for the structural steel industry and is the most recognized national quality Certification program for the building and bridge industry. Our program includes over 50% of the building fabricators in the U.S., and every state Department of Transportation (DOT) requires their bridge fabricators to be certified.
View a list of program requirements, fees, and prerequistes.
You may have heard of AISC Quality Management
Systems (QMS) Certification, but you may not
know exactly what's involved. AISC's certification
programs set the quality standard for the
structural steel industry and are the most
recognized national quality certification
program for the industry. Our programs focus
on the entire process of fabrication and erection.
Our goal is to build quality structures from the
start by focusing on error prevention rather than
Certified companies have been through a
rigorous initial evaluation and are subject to annual
audits. These evaluations require a comprehensive
administrative review, a documentation audit,
and an on-site audit of the firm's quality management
system. This is significantly different than
"product inspection,"since inspection does not focus
on the root cause of the error and preventing it from
happening again. An initial certification may take up to
six months to complete but the annual cost is
relatively moderate at less than $5,000 for an AISC
member fabricator with fewer than 99 employees.
During the on-site audit, a company's day-to-day
operations are compared with the documented
procedures from its quality management system.
A general list of core quality criteria is shown to the
right for both fabricators and erectors. The program
requires the company to be accountable for all facets
of its organization, from management responsibility
to employee training to material purchasing and
handling to project specific erection plans.
A key feature of our program is that we require
participants to set goals so that they continually
improve over time. Even the best and brightest
firm - regardless of size - can benefit from having its
quality procedures reviewed on a regular basis.
Todd Alwood, Manager of Certification Business
Development at 312.670.7527.