What will fabricators need to do to be certified?
- Undertake a web-based ‘gap analysis’ to identify your current level of conformance to the particular Construction Category you wish to be certified to.
- Where required, work with independent experts to ‘fill the gaps’. For many fabricators with good systems in place and working to Australian Standards, there will be little additional required.
- Once ready, be audited by an accredited certifier and obtain your certification to the nominated Construction Category.
- Maintain the certification with annual audits.
How does SCA certification benefit fabricators?
Fabricators will benefit enormously from a ‘level playing field’ and being able to differentiate capability based on the chosen certification level.
What will engineers need to do to ensure structural steelwork compliance for their projects?
- Nominate the Construction Category for a particular structure or component thereof.
- Ensure that, for the scope of work for which you are contracted, the construction specification has suitable wording to reference the COP/Standard and the necessary project-specific detail selections. In most cases, the scope already covered in the COP/Standard will allow project specifications to be much simpler and to be ‘standardised’.
- Check the submittals for materials and fabrication to confirm conformity. Since fabricators are certified, much of this is already configured.
- Provide your project specific certification as is currently required.
How does SCA certification of fabricators benefit engineers?
The benefits to the engineer are significant, with a known and defendable industry accepted compliance scale for project specific selection and, in effect, a national prequalification system that packages project compliance for straightforward review and sign-off.