Certification


Updates to the Governing Requirements (GRs)

Certification Changes in 2023

This page explores the different resources at your disposal for the updates to the Governing Requirements of Certification Programs (GRs) and the Standard for Certification Programs (AISC 207-20). Here you will be able to review a series of audit guides based on what certification or endorsement you hold, plus get your GR questions answered. Be sure to check them all out!

Updated Governing Requirements for Certification Programs

As we mentioned at our NASCC: The Steel Conference presentation on April 12, 2023, we have updated the Governing Requirements for Certification Programs (GRs). They will become effective on June 1, 2023, for all certified participants and applicants. For more information, please review Bulletin 2023-02.

The GRs detail the administration of the certification program from application to certificate determination. They should be your go-to reference for compliance with our program and administrative processes. Our annual update is intended to provide additional clarity as the industry and program evolve.

207-20 Highlighted Version

As detailed above, the updated AISC 207-20 features a new title, Standard for Certification Programs, and f you’re wondering what all has changed, why don’t you check out this “highlighted-version” of the Standard. All the changes will jump right off the page for you.

207-20 Audit Guides

The 207-20 Audit Guides will help you transition between the older documents (Certification Standard for Steel Fabrication and Erection and AISC 207-16 Manufacturing of Metal Components) and the updated Standard for Certification Programs (AISC 207-20). These handy tools will help identify gaps between your quality management systems (QMS) and the updated Standard, or you can use it as a starting point to implement management systems that meet the certification requirements. It can also be useful if you’re considering pursuing additional certifications or endorsements.

207-20 Resources

Standard for Certification Programs

The updated AISC 207-20 features a new title, Standard for Certification Programs, and a brand-new sixth chapter for the certification of hydraulic metal structures. Also, this edition increases clarity with italicized text highlighting glossary-defined terms, terminology changes to account for digital documentation, and expanded commentary.  

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Your Governing Requirements Questions

What are the Governing Requirements for Certification Programs?

The Governing Requirements for Certification Programs (GRs) are provided for identifying the activities required to demonstrate that the participating company’s management system fulfills the requirements for certification to the selected standard and other normative documents. The GRs provide for the administration of the audit program from application to certification. They also contain clarifications, explanations, and additional requirements to those found in the Standard of Certification Programs (AISC 207) and are also used to provide modifications to the Standard until a formal revision can be made.

What is the difference between Governing Requirements for Certification Programs and the Supplemental Requirements?

The Governing Requirements for Certification Programs (GRs) provide for the administration of the audit program from application to certification, and they apply to every participant or applicant. The Supplemental Requirements are additional requirements that are tailored for a specific certification or endorsement. For example, a Certified Bridge Fabricator must adhere to the GRs and the Supplemental Requirements for Bridge Fabricators - similar to how they must meet the criteria of Chapter 1 & 4 of the Standard for Certification Programs.

When will the updated Requirements take effect?

The updated Requirements will take effect for anyone having an audit on or after June 1, 2023, for both current participants and applicants. Auditors will then begin issuing Areas of Concerns (AOCs) for noncompliance with any new or updated criteria from the Requirements. QMC auditors use AOCs to inform you of recent changes to the Governing Requirements, the Standard, and/or other normative reference documents.

If the auditor issues an AOC, they will review the AOC at the following audit. If you do not effectively resolve an AOC before the next audit, the auditor will issue a Corrective Action Request (CAR).

How do I know what’s changed in the Governing Requirements for Certification Programs?

The 2023 revision is not a complete revision of the Governing Requirements for Certification Programs (GRs) but does add important changes and updates including updated terminology as defined in the glossary below. Changes are noted in the Preface of the GRs. Each change is noted as either: New, Editorial, Revision, or Moved. 

How often are the Governing Requirements for Certification Programs updated?

Every year, the Governing Requirements for Certification Programs are published in May and take effect on June 1.

Your AISC 207-20 Questions

What’s changed in the updated AISC 207-20?

The 207-20 Audit Guides will help you transition between older documents, like the Certification Standard for Steel Fabrication and Erection and Manufacturing of Metal Components (AISC 207-16), and the updated Standard for Certification Programs (AISC 207-20). These handy tools will help identify gaps between your quality management systems (QMS) and the updated Standard, or you can use it as a starting point to implement management systems that meet the certification requirements. It can also be useful if you’re considering pursuing additional certifications or endorsements.

How often is the Standard for Certification Programs updated?

The Standard will be updated approximately every three years by the Certification Standards Committee, which is overseen by AISC’s Engineering and Research Department. Once the updated Standard is approved by the AISC Board of Directors, the Certification Program will implement the updated version the following June.

Other Questions You Might Have

Where can I find more quality-related resources?

Please visit the Certification Resources page for a wide-range of quality-related resources to help streamline your quality management system. 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.

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PR 1.11: “AISC relies on email to communicate with Applicants and Participants. Any changes to contact information MUST be provided to AISC. See PR4.9 concerning Company Profile. It is the Participant/Applicant’s responsibility to ensure communications are being received.”

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