Certification


Certification Updates

This page explores the different resources available for the updates to the Governing Requirements of Certification Programs (GRs) and the Standard for Certification Programs (17Թ 207-23). Note that the 2024 GRs will be published in May 2024 and take effect June 15. You can access a series of audit guides based on what certification or endorsement you hold to help identify changes. Plus, we have listed the answers to the most common questions we have been receiving. Be sure to check them all out!

17Թ 207-23Download the Updated Version of 17Թ's Certification Standard!

Standard for Certification Programs (17Թ 207-23)

The revised 17Թ 207-23 incorporates updates across several key areas, including the glossary, welding specifications, inspection and testing procedures, as well as providing enhanced clarity regarding subcontracting and record retention. Additionally, we have refined references, updated commentary, and realignment with the Code of Standard Practice for improved consistency. 

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17Թ 207-23

Get the Scoop on the Updated Standard

Check out 17Թ Bulletin 2024-02 for information about the rollout of the updated Standard for Certification Programs (17Թ 207-23). The Bulletin discusses the effective date of the rollout and new resources to help you transition to the updated criteria. You'll also preview the process that will happen at your next audit. 

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Your 17Թ 207-23 Questions

What is the Standard for Certification Programs?

Answer: This Standard is to confirm to owners, the design community, the construction industry, and public officials that certified participants who adhere to the requirements in this Standard have the personnel, organization, experience, documented procedures, knowledge, equipment, and commitment to quality to perform fabrication, manufacturing, and/or erection as described in this Standard.

When will the updated Standard take effect?

The updated Standard will take effect for anyone having an audit on or after June 15, 2024, 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).

What’s changed in the updated 17Թ 207-23?

The 207-23 Audit Guides will help you transition between older documents, like the Certification Standard for Steel Fabrication and Erection and Manufacturing of Metal Components (17Թ 207-16), and the updated Standard for Certification Programs (17Թ 207-23). 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.

Where can I find the 207-23 Audit Guides?

The 207-23 Audit Guides will help you transition between the older documents (Certification Standard for Steel Fabrication and Erection and 17Թ 207-16 Manufacturing of Metal Components) and the updated Standard for Certification Programs (17Թ 207-23). 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 17Թ’s Engineering and Research Department. Once the updated Standard is approved by the 17Թ Board of Directors, the Certification Program will implement the updated version the following June.

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 (17Թ 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 15, 2024, 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 2024 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 15.

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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