Conversion for Certified Companies
Change that adds value to your quality investment is beneficial. And benefits — in the form of an efficient and streamlined certification process — are on the horizon. Beginning June 1, 2018, certified companies will follow the new Program Requirements for Fabricator, Erector and Manufacturer Certifications. This new document consolidates and provides consistent language across all certification programs. Additionally, the new requirements provide clarity to the certification process by outlining specific areas, such as application, documentation audits, corrective action requests, scope changes, etc. For more information, read the March 2018 Modern Steel Construction article: “Streamlined Certification.”
The new requirements will reference the new Standard for Steel Fabrication and Erection, and Manufacturing of Metal Components (AISC 207-16). The Standard will be used by all fabricator and component manufacturer programs starting June 1, 2018, and erectors on June 1, 2019 (please see the timeline below).
When a certified company is transitioning to the new requirements, any new or revised requirements will be identified as Areas of Concern (AOCs) during the site audit and NOT as a corrective action request. See the below dropdown for more on AOCs.
AISC Certification is providing additional resources to help you during this conversion, and we will provide updates on their availability in our quarterly newsletter and emails. We do not want you to miss out on these updates, so please update your certification contacts by completing a Key Variable Form. If you have any questions, please click the button to the right or call us at 312.670.7520.
- New draft Program Requirements for Fabricator, Erector and Manufacturer Certifications available for public comment until March 7, 2018
- The final version of the program requirements will be published by March 30, 2018
- Certification Standard for Steel Fabrication and Erection, and Manufacturing of Metal Components (AISC 207-16)
This timeline provides a glance at the various milestones in the transition from the previous certiﬁcation criteria to the new program requirements.
- December 15, 2017: Standard for Steel Fabrication and Erection, and Manufacturing of Metal Components (AISC 207-16) published
- February 7, 2018: Program Requirements for Fabricator, Erector and Manufacturer Certiﬁcations released for public comment
- March 30, 2018: New Program Requirements for Fabricator, Erector and Manufacturer Certiﬁcations published
- April 11, 2018: NASCC Sessions on new requirements and their rollout
- May 1, 2018: Fabricator and erector applicants to meet the new requirements
- June 1, 2018: Certiﬁed fabricators to meet new requirements and standard, certiﬁed erectors to meet the new requirements
- June 1, 2019: Certiﬁed erectors to meet the new standard
- June 1, 2020: Program Requirements transition complete
Migration to the new standard will kick off at this year’s conference in Baltimore. For building, bridge, and hydraulic fabricators and component manufacturers, there will be technical sessions within the Quality Track:
- Q1: Certiﬁcation Is More Than Just a Standard (Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.)
- Q2: The New Certiﬁcation Program Requirements and Standard: What Do They Mean for You? (Wednesday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.)
- Q3: The New Certiﬁcation Requirements and Standard: Additional Update for Bridge and Hydraulic Fabricators (Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
- Q4: The New Certiﬁcation Requirements and Standard: Additional Update for Building Fabricators and Component Manufacturers (Wednesday, 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.)
Areas of Concern (AOCs) are written to provide a participant the opportunity to engage their management system(s) to review, evaluate and implement changes to prevent a potential corrective action request during the following audit. They are written for:
- Program requirements that have been issued/revised since the last audit
- Reference documents required by the program requirements that have been revised and issued since the last audit
- Special circumstances speciﬁcally required by AISCcertiﬁcation (i.e., program conversions, gap analysis, etc.)
AOCs are proactive in nature and are not issued for a non-conformity to audit criteria other than those described previously. These are to be reviewed during the next audit to confirm effective implementation. If nonconformity is observed at that time, then a corrective action request will be issued to the participant.
Below are a list of other helpful tools to assist you in converting for the current criteria to the new program requirements and standard. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to click the "Questions" button to the right or call us at 312.670.7520!
- "Streamlined Certification" — a Modern Steel Construction article
- A Matrix of Current Program Standards to the New Standard — will be published by March 30, 2018
- Future resources will include sample internal audit forms for both fabricators, manufactures, and erectors according to the new requirements — along with a sample management review form