Achieving ASSDA Accreditation
The Stainless Steel Specialists Register (SSSR) is reserved for accredited businesses active in the stainless steel industry with appropriate experience and/or qualifications. To obtain ASSDA Stainless Steel Specialist Accreditation, companies must agree to conform to stringent standards of competence, training and conduct, adhering to a Code of Ethics and Practices. Continued accreditation will depend on continuing effort to maintain and upgrade skills and capabilities.
Stainless steel fabricators can become ASSDA Accredited in up to four industry categories:
- Architectural (Exterior and interior use of stainless steel in buildings, usually an integral part of the building and made specifically for it)
- Food, Dairy and Beverage (Equipment for processing of goods for human consumption)
- Heavy Industrial (Typical stainless steel thickness 3mm and more)
- Light Commercial (Typical stainless steel thickness 3mm and less)
Below outlines the steps needed to gain ASSDA Accreditation:
Step 1: Submit Part 1 of the Application with your application fee
Interested parties are encouraged to read the ASSDA Accreditation Scheme Manual prior to submitting Part 1 of the application. The application fee is also required with submission of Part 1 of the application.
Step 2: Workshop inspection and review
Once Part 1 of the application is received and reviewed, an Accreditation consultant will contact you to to discuss and arrange an on-site appointment to inspect your workshop to ensure conformity and requirements of the Scheme are met. During this appointment, the consultant will assist with the requirements of Part 2 of the application, as well as answer any questions you may have.
Step 3: Part 2 of the Application lodged
The application forms for ASSDA Accreditation has been designed not only as a method for ASSDA to gather the required information, but for the applicant to identify strengths and weaknesses in their own organisation and provide a clear indication where improvement can be achieved. The application process examines:
- Workshop capabilities
- Avoiding contamination processes
- Quality control
- Safety management
- Training systems
- Comprehensive stainless steel specific knowledge statement
Step 4: Reference checks, technical and quality review by ASSDA
Once Part 2 of the application is received and reviewed, ASSDA will contact you regarding the success of your application.
ASSDA Accredited Fabricators are fabricating companies that hold a common understanding of what are successful technical practices when fabricating stainless steel.
To ensure the highest standard in quality, Accredited Fabricators belong to the ASSDA Accreditation Scheme, an ASSDA initiative that is intended to achieve self regulation of the industry, for the benefit of both industry members and end users.
To encourage and promote high quality service in stainless steel fabrication, industry criteria have been set and all parts of the supply chain can have confidence that training, supervision, skills, specification and contractual obligations are clearly understood through the ASSDA Accreditation Scheme. The Scheme gives owners and specifiers of stainless steel greater certainty that applications using stainless steel will be performed by technically competent industry specialists.
ASSDA Accredited Fabricators bear the ASSDA Accredited logo - a mark of knowledge, experience and quality that signifies their compliance with the ASSDA Accreditation Scheme.
Asset owners and specifiers will be able to find an ASSDA Accredited Fabricator by searching the Stainless Steel Specialists Register.
Brought to you by the Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA), the ASSDA Accreditation Scheme is designed to establish a benchmark for stainless steel fabricators to become recognised providers (ASSDA Accredited Fabricators) of a standardised level of quality.
Asset owners, specifiers and fabricators gain from the following benefits of the Accreditation Scheme:
- A reassurance that the job will be properly specified and trouble-free
- Encourages a consistently high standard through industry self-regulation, and signals a commitment to quality and best practice stainless steel fabrication
- Protects end-users from exposure to inexperienced fabricators entering the industry
- Provides a list of industry-recognised and quality stainless steel specialists with competent tradespeople
- Consistent and reliable advice on design and maintenance
- Fabrication work performed to industry best practice standards
On top of the above, fabricators also benefit from:
- Rights to display and promote the ASSDA Accredited logo (a certified trademark of IP Australia) as an industry best practice stainless steel fabricator on business stationery, website and email footers, company apparel, signage, etc.
- A mark of distinction and immediate point of difference, a competitive advantage to non-accredited fabricators
- Listing in ASSDA's Stainless Steel Specialists Register and Buyers' Guide
- Access to ASSDA's services including he technical advisory service (not offered to non-fabricator members of ASSDA)
- Discounted registrations for all ASSDA events and training, including the ISSF Stainless Steel Specialist Course
- Opportunity to have your project work featured in Australia's only industry publication dedicated to stainless steel, Australian Stainless magazine
- Encourages operators to identify strengths and weaknesses of their business, and facilitate continuous business improvements, education and skills training for employees
- Encourages self-regulation and demonstrates industry leadership and initiative
- Contributes to a more sustainable and competitive Australian stainless steel industry
ASSDA Accreditation is an industry-based scheme designed to establish a benchmark for stainless steel fabricators to become recognised providers (ASSDA Accredited Fabricators) of a standardised level of quality.
Demand for stainless steel and its use in fabrication has grown, both in volume and in areas of application resulting in new metal fabricators moving into the stainless steel industry, sometimes with limited skills and experience in using the material.
As different skills and practices are required in fabricating stainless steel compared to other materials, there is industry concern about the quality of service provided by inexperienced operators.
The Accreditation Scheme aims to reduce the risk to end users and fabricators of exposure to the ‘learning curve’ of parties new to stainless steel, which parties will be better able to understand the steps necessary to convert skills and practices appropriate for other materials to stainless steel as a result of the Scheme.
ASSDA Accreditation is a sharp instrument that targets the key issues of stainless steel fabrication expertise and aims to meet the expectation of asset owners and specifiers that the job will be properly specified and trouble free.
The Scheme promotes an industry focus on the skills and performance of competently trained specialists and encourages a consistently high standard through industry self-regulation.
The Accreditation Scheme criteria requires all fabricators to conform to stringent standards of competence, training and education, personal and professional conduct, adhering to a Code of Ethics and a Code of Practice, and committing themselves to continuing competency development.
The ASSDA Accredited logo provides end users and specifiers of stainless steel with an assurance that ASSDA Accredited Fabricators are committed to the highest quality practices and professionalism.
A database of ASSDA Accredited Fabricators identified as good practitioners in stainless steel can be found in the Stainless Steel Specialists Register.
APPLYING FOR ASSDA ACCREDITATION
Fabricators interested in applying for ASSDA Accreditation are encouraged to download the documents below and complete and submit Part 1 of the Application Form to ASSDA. For more information, please see the steps to Achieving ASSDA Accreditation.