AISC Certification


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.

Additional Conversion Resources

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!

NASCC Sessions Focused on the Program Conversion

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. These sessions will be posted roughly four to six weeks after April 11, 2018.

  • 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.)

What is an Area of Concern?

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.