NOTE: Due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, AISC is now performing remote assessments for applicants. Please see Bulletin 2020-05.1 (for North American applicants), Bulletin 2020-08 (for applicants outside of North America), and our Remote Assessment page for further information.
NOTE: Updated General Requirements were published on May 1, 2020, and took effect June 1, 2020. Please see our General Requirements Transition page for further information.
If you are looking for information on how to apply for AISC Certification or have general questions about the process, please ask us in the Request Info form to the right. Read more about the benefits of AISC Certification here.
Are you ready to apply for AISC Certification? To be considered an applicant, AISC Certification must receive the below three items within 14 days of when you complete the Apply Form (to the right):
- Extended Application (will be sent on completion of Apply Form)
- Application Document Submittals (see Application Document Submittals drop-down toward bottom of this page)
- Payment per the Fee Schedule
Application Document Submittals are found below, and payment is found under the Fee Schedule Section along with mailing addresses.
Once you are ready with documents and payment, please click the Apply Form to the right, and you will be contacted by AISC to engage in the next steps.
Please note the entire certification process takes roughly five to six months, and thereafter, the company is typically audited once a year. If you are a fabricator applicant, AISC Certification is address-specific, so each fabrication facility must apply separately.
As of October 7, 2019, the certification fee schedules have been updated.
Below is the general process for applying to AISC Certification. The process takes roughly six to seven months conservatively. If you have specific questions, please contact AISC Certification at email@example.com or 312.670.7520.
- Applicant to complete the online application form:
- AISC will review the form and send an email requesting an extended application, Application Documentation Submittals (see Application Document Submittals drop-down toward bottom of this page), and fee.
- The applicant will submit completed extended application, Application Documentation Submittals (including quality manual), and fee.
- AISC will perform an Eligibility Review for all programs and endorsements the applicant has applied.
Are you interested in applying for certification, but unsure which program you should apply for? Click here for an overview of each certification program and endorsement.
Looking for a handy tool to help streamline your quality management system? Our Certification Resources webpage contains a range of resources to help you do just that. From a non-conformance worksheet to an entire guide of required, normative and beneficial, informative references, these tools will simplify your daily tasks and improve your overall quality. Check it out here!
Certification Bulletins help to communicate program changes that may affect you. Their purpose is to explain the change and why it is occurring, plus they provide clarity and program transparency. If you have any questions about these, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.670.7520.
- Bulletin 2020-08 (International Initial Applicants Outside North America)
- Bulletin 2020-07 (International Remote Assessments Outside North America)
- Bulletin 2020-06.1 (Scope Change Applicants and Remote Assessments)
- Bulletin 2020-05.1 (Initial Applicants and COVID-19)
- Bulletin 2020-04 (Updates to the Governing Requirements)
- Bulletin 2020-03.1 (Remote Assessments, Add’l Information)
- Bulletin 2020-03 (Remote Assessments and COVID-19)
- Bulletin 2020-02 (Domestic Audits and COVID-19)
- Bulletin 2020-01 (International Audits and COVID-19)
- Bulletin 2019-06.1 (Site Audit Rescheduling - Erector Jobsites)
- Bulletin 2019-06 (Site Audit Rescheduling)
- Bulletin 2019-05 (Meet Scheduling 2.0)
- Bulletin 2019-04 (Special Agency Audit Program)
- Bulletin 2019-03 (Critical AISC Certification Changes for Erectors)
- Bulletin 2019-02 (Critical AISC Certification Changes for Fabricators)
- Bulletin 2019-01 (Erector Program Participants)
- Bulletin 2018-04 (Audit Confirmations)
- Bulletin 2018-03 (Audit Numbers)
- Bulletin 2018-02 (Program Conversion)
- Bulletin 2018-01 (Scheduling)
- Bulletin 2017-04 (Erector Waiver)
- Bulletin 2017-03 (All Requirements)
- Bulletin 2017-02 (HYD Requirements)
- Bulletin 2017-01 (BU Requirements)
2016 & Earlier
As of October 7, 2019, the certification fee schedules have been updated.
Submit Program Application Documents:
American Institute of Steel Construction
PO Box 8761
Carol Stream, IL 60197-8761
Credit Card Payments:
Please visit our online credit card payment portal.
Associated Bank, Attn: Lockbox Operations
PO Box 978761
2012 Corporate Lane, Suite 108
Naperville, IL 60563
Please contact AISC for instructions.
The fee amounts shown in the AISC Certification Fee Schedule represent the net amounts due and do not include any applicable taxes or withholdings levied by jurisdictions inside or outside of the United States of America. Applicants and Participants are required to remit the full fee amount and are responsible for any applicable taxes or withholdings.
International Participants: Please review Bulletin 2020-01.
International Travel Advisory:
- If your company is located in a country the U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory cautioning U.S. citizens regarding travel, your AISC certification audit could be at risk of not being conducted. Your certificate will not be issued or renewed until the advisory is cancelled, and the audit has been completed.
A list of the affected countries can be found at: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html
Additional Information for International Applicants:
- Applicants must submit all application documents in English.
- For ease of communication, we require that all correspondence between AISC and its participants be in English, both verbally and in writing.
- The fee amounts shown in the AISC Certification Fee Schedule represent the net amounts due and do not include any applicable taxes or withholdings levied by jurisdictions inside or outside of the United States of America. Applicants and Participants are required to remit the full fee amount and are responsible for any applicable taxes or withholdings.
NASCC: The Steel Conference is the premier educational and networking event for the structural steel industry, bringing together steel fabricators, erectors, structural engineers, and detailers from across the country. The Steel Conference offers more than 130 sessions, plus it offers a Quality Track aimed at fabricators and erectors. Topics range from management-buy to solutions for corrective-actions to AISC Certification updates. Below is a list of highlights, and there is a current list of past Quality Track sessions, too.
Do you wonder how your Quality Management System (QMS) compares? Did you know that we offer assessments to assist with the implementation, effectiveness and sustainability of your QMS?
Standards, Requirements, and Application Document Submittals
On June 1, 2020, the updated Governing Requirements for Certification Programs took effect.
- Governing Requirements for Certification Programs
- Supplemental Requirements for Fabricators of Steel Bridges (SBR, IBR, ABR)
- Supplemental Requirements for Fabricators of Steel Buildings (BU)
- Supplemental Requirements for Manufacturers of Bridge and Highway Components (CPT)
- Supplemental Requirements for Structural Steel Erectors (CSE)
- Supplemental Requirements for Fracture Critical Endorsement (FC)
- Supplemental Requirements for Fabricators of Hydraulic Steel Structures (HYD)
- Supplemental Requirements for Applicators of Complex Coatings Endorsement (SPE)
- Application Document Submittal for AISC Certification - Fabricators and Manufacturers
- Application Document Submittal for AISC Certification - Erectors
- Application Document Submittal for AISC Certification - Sophisticated Paint
Additional documents required for Erector certification:
- Waiver and Indemnity Agreement Form
- Erector Insurance and Waiver Information
- Sample Certificate of Liability Insurance
Additional optional documents for Bridge certification:
NOTE: Due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, AISC is now performing remote assessments for applicants. Please see Bulletin 2020-05.1 (North American applicants), Bulletin 2020-08 (applicants outside of North America), and our Remote Assessment page for further information.
During the initial remote assessment, your documents must be available electronically to show/share or transmit to the auditor. They cannot be in paper format.
- Mock Exercise Instructions for Fabricators of Steel Buildings
- Mock Exercise Instructions for Erector Seismic Endorsement
- Mock Exercise Instructions for Erector Metal Deck Installation Endorsement
- Mock Exercise Instructions for Fabricators of Simple Bridges
- Mock Exercise Instructions for Fabricators of Intermediate Bridges
- Mock Exercise Instructions for Fabricators of Hydraulic Steel Structures