It demonstrates your commitment to quality.
AISC Certification shows your dedication to quality—by confirming that your company does what it says it does. AISC Certification helps highlight that your company has the personnel, knowledge, organization, equipment, experience, capability, procedures and commitment to produce quality work.
It builds-in quality from the start.
AISC Certification goes far beyond product inspection requirements—it examines a company’s quality management systems as a whole. The program results in a quality management system embedded within an organization to increase productivity, which helps to reduce unnecessary costs and ensure the quality of processes. The result is better quality without the need for special inspection. AISC-Certified companies are required to have complete QMS that covers the entire fabrication or erection process, from quality goals to employee training to product delivery.
It increases the consistency of your operations.
Nobody likes to find mistakes, especially mistakes that cost the project time or money. AISC Certification helps reduce the risk of problems by requiring documented procedures to be followed to ensure that you deliver a consistent level of quality.
It makes you look good when questions are asked.
What if a piece of steel delivered to the jobsite last week suddenly turns up damaged? Do you have the documentation to show that it was delivered to the site unharmed? What if a coating system starts to peel? Do you have documentation regarding the surface prep? When these processes are part of your QMS, you will have the information you need.
It makes your firm better, every day.
A key feature of AISC Quality Certification programs is that they require you to set goals for improvement. Even the best and brightest company—regardless of size—benefits by reviewing its quality procedures on a regular basis.
It provides value to the client.
Section 1704 of the International Building Code (IBC) and Chapter N of the AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings all for the waiving of the special inspection requirements for structural steel fabricators and erectors approved by the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). Most AHJs approve AISC-certified fabricators and erectors. This saves the project money and time because those inspections are performed with in-house staff, resulting in a better-quality project at a lower cost.
It makes you think.
Every fabricator and erector should have some type of QMS, but AISC Certification ensures that yours is successful and adhered to. A good QMS will identify errors early and address them in a way that benefits your bottom line by eliminating their recurrence.
Submit Program Prerequisites:
American Institute of Steel Construction
Attn: Certification Programs
130 E. Randolph Street, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60601-6219
American Institute of Steel Construction
PO Box 8761
Carol Stream, IL 60197-8761
Attn: Lockbox Operations
PO Box 978761
2012 Corporate Lane, Suite 108
Naperville, IL 60563
Please contact AISC for instructions.
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.
The "No More Waivers!" program is an AISC Certification initiative implemented to help specifiers and AISC Certified companies respond to pressure from contractors and owners to waive quality requirements. Since its inception in 2004, the "No More Waivers!" program goal has been to promptly respond to all attempts to waive quality requirements that are reported to the program. The program currently relies largely on specifiers and AISC Certified firms to identify potential waiver cases and to engage AISC as a partner to counter efforts to waive requirements. Together, through timely action focused on key project decision makers and appropriate information about the value of Certification, we can reduce the number of waivers.
Looking ahead, the long-term goal of the program is to eliminate quality requirement waivers by making AISC Certification a pre-qualification to any bid list. As progress toward achieving this goal, Certified fabricators, Certified erectors, and specifiers are increasingly assuming lead roles in protecting Certification requirements. They are building cases for individual projects and working to educate members of the building industry in their local markets about the value of Certification.
Please use the tools provided above to help make your case to any and all key project decision makers. If your letter and follow up phone calls fail to gain consideration in your waiver situation, call or email AISC Certification for additional support. AISC can most effectively support your efforts when actions are based on the information you have collected.
Use the "No More Waivers!" form noted above as a tool to communicate your waiver response history and identified decision makers. Once completed, email the form to Todd Alwood, manager of certification business development and you will be contacted within a 24-hour period. Todd can be reached at either email@example.com or 312.670.7527.
During the conversion, this section will provide erector-related certification information and resources for currently certified participants. Please note the Erector Program Requirements were effective for new applicants on 2/2/15, and a Certification Bulletin was released on March 4, 2016 for participants. If you have additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Erector Bulletin 2016-1 for Participants
- Transitioning to the New Erector Standard from a Checklist
- NASCC Session: The New Erector Certification Program Requirements Are Coming: An Erector's Point of View
- NASCC Session: How to Write an Erector Quality Manual
- NASCC Session: Safety Management Systems and the Erector
- NASCC Session: Chapter N and the Erector: What Does it Mean for Quality?
- NASCC Session: Quality and Safety Management: A Practical Approach for Erectors
Quality Management Systems (QMS) Program
Program Requirements for AISC Certfied Erectors of Structural Steel is the governing program document and references the Standard for Structural Steel Erectors. These documents describe the criteria of a quality management system and safety management system for structural steel erectors. The quality management system shall address all functions of structural steel erection from receipt of contract through completion of the work of the erector. The Erector Requirements supersedes the previous checklist criteria and categories (Certified Steel Erector and Advanced Certified Steel Erector). This began for new applicants on February 2, 2015, and the conversion of current participants will end December, 2017. The program also includes three optional endorsements: seismic, metal deck and bridge erection.
- Application Prerequisites - Erector
- Erector Program Requirements
- Standard for Structural Steel Erectors (AISC 206-13)
- Waiver and Indemnity Agreement