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AISC 207- 16 Certification Standard for Steel Fabrication and Erection, and Manufacturing of Metal Components

AISC 207-16 Standard for Certification released in 2017. This new publication supersedes the Standard for Steel Building Structures (AISC 201-06), Standard for Bridge and Highway Metal Component Manufacturers (AISC 204-08), Standard for Steel Bridges (AISC 205-11) and Standard for Structural Steel Erectors (AISC 206-13).

The purpose of AISC 207-16 Certification Standard is to confirm to owners, the design community, the construction industry, and public officials that those who adhere to the requirements in this Standard have the personnel, organization, experience, documented procedures, knowledge, equipment and commitment to:

  • Produce fabricated steel to the quality required for structural steel buildings and other structures, or;
  • Produce components to the quality required for bridge and highway construction, or;
  • Produce fabricated steel to the quality required for steel highway or railroad bridge construction, or;
  • Erect fabricated steel to the quality required for structural steel buildings and other structures, steel highway or railroad bridge construction.

This AISC 207-16 standards has 19 elements as basic system requirements for the steel construction Industry. Further requirements with some common features are included in the following chapters:

  • Building fabricator requirements
  • Metal component manufacturer requirements
  • Bridge fabricator requirements
  • Supplemental requirements for fabricators of intermediate bridges
  • Supplemental requirements for fabricators of advanced bridges
  • Supplemental requirements for fabricators of fracture-critical members
  • Erector requirements


The application for AISC 207-16 certification process involves:

  • Submission of required Documented Procedures by Steel Construction Fabricators
  • Additional 1 procedure by Metal Fabricators
  • 7 additional procedures for Fracture Critical Endorsement
  • 13 additional procedures for Fabrication of Hydraulic Steel Structures
  • 12 additional procedures for Bridge Fabrication and Manufacturers

The above referred documented procedures are in addition to general documentation which covers management policies, responsibilities, and a few other documentations.

One of the critical requirements of the AISC 207-16 standard for certification requirements is the development of Quality Manual. Several documented procedures are required to prepare for AISC 207-16 certification effectively Unless document simplification techniques are fully applied in developing a Quality Management System to show the evidence to meet the AISC 207-16 Standard requirements, it will be difficult to effectively implement the Steel Construction Standards.

Additional requirements such as purchasing, corrective action, training, internal audit, erection plan, safety plan, and other project-specific requirements are fully detailed in AISC 207-16 Certification standard.

The steel construction organizations involved in Steel Building Structures, Bridge and Highway Metal Component Manufacturers, Steel Bridges, and Structural Steel Erectors who perform the following activities:

  • Produce components to the quality required for bridge and highway construction, or;
  • Produce fabricated steel to the quality required for steel highway or railroad bridge construction, or;
  • Erect fabricated steel to the quality required for structural steel buildings and other structures, steel highway or railroad bridge construction.

A competent AISC 207-16 consultant or consulting companies use(s) a disciplined approach for AISC 207-18 certification process to meet all the requirements of AISC 207-16 through providing AISC 207-16 training to all interested parties to ensure dissemination of AISC 207-16 requirements for AISC 207-16 certification, requires AISC 207-16 training for all employees related to internal and external issues of interested parties. All interested parties to understand implications of not adhering to AISC 207-16 requirements, and continual improvements through risk considerations. Total AISC 207-16 certification cost cannot be fully determined AISC 207-16 certification is a never-ending process.

Any facility desirous of assuring customers about their AISC 207-16 standard disciplines in all steel construction related activities to avoid excessive errors during construction.

Any facility desirous of having interests of all stake holders covered in their system and has adequate provisions for mitigating risks in their construction and erection processes must get AISC 207-16.

Any facility desirous of having a strong marketing tool to showcase their consistent capabilities during construction and erection process must achieve AISC 207-16 certification.

Any facility desirous to have disciplines in place to periodically review CQMS effectiveness for effective implementation related nonconformities, customer complaints, corrective actions, preventive actions, supplier performance, internal auditing and employee competence.

Any facility whose management desires to have one single comprehensive CQMS through which management can build teamwork, review progress, measure, monitor, make corrections and give impetus for continual improvement must get AISC 207-16 Certification.

  • Process AISC 207-16 certification starts with preparation of Construction Quality Management System (CQMS)
  • AISC 207-16 Consultants assist in developing a comprehensive, CQMS to meet all requirements of AISC 207-16 and Third-Party AISCC Certification Body stage 1 audit requirements. The stage 1 audit from AISC is to review CQMS for compliance with AISC 207-16. This process is also termed as Pre-Audit.
  • An AISC 207-16 consulting firm provides the techniques for implementation, and trains organization’s internal auditors to become competent to perform internal audits or provides AISC 207 Internal AuditingServices to audit all processes, all AISC 207-16 Standard requirements and effective implementation of AISC 207-16 Standard
  • Facilities need to initiate corrective actions and continual improvement is realized through control of nonconforming products/services.
  • Facilities need to implement the prepared CQMS for a minimum of 3 months and gather adequate data and record to show as evidence
  • Managements of the facilities need to conduct one full scale review of the entire CQMS and ensure its adequacy for their organization. Management Team needs to identify Action items to make corrections to any AISC 207-16 certification requirement not being fulfilled
  • Once CQMS is ready, Internal audit is performed and one full set of Management review takes place, the facility needs to contact AICC for certification audit
  • Reputed qualified and competent consultants and auditors conduct audit on AISC 207-16 for compliance
  • Once the Facility passes AISC 207-16 compliance audit successfully the auditing agency AICC issues compliance certificate to AISC 207.
  • Compliance certificate to AISC 207-16 may avoid regulatory audit from Government agencies.

Quality Management Consultants can prepare your facilities to have a Construction Quality Management System (CQMS) and associated documents/records to show as evidence of having implemented the system.

Each facility needs to prepare documentation to show as evidence of having a streamlined process that ensure quality product or service every time without fail.

It is acceptable that no facility/company likes to produce a bad quality product or service but without an established quality management system it is difficult to control inadvertent mistakes and willful negligence on part of those performing the tasks.

It is therefore necessary to build a robust system which compels task performers to have defined roles, responsibilities, procedures and controls to ensure quality.

In addition to having a system, the same is to be audited periodically to ensure that designed systems are being followed and controls are being exercised. This mandated by the standard.

The audits performed by a team within the facility is called 1st Party Audit. Audits performed by consultant firms like Quality Systems Enhancement is known as a second party audit. Audit conducted by Certification Body is known as 3rd party audit.

3rd Party audit is conducted by American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) which is the accredited authority to perform certification audits and issue AISC 207-16 Certificate.

  • All facilities engaged in the activities of Steel Construction requires development of Construction Quality Management System (CQMS) to submit to AISC for approval prior to AISC 207-16 Certification Audit.
  • CQMS can assure customers that the facility has a robust system and can fabricate quality products and provide quality erection services.
  • AISC 207-16 is a national standard dedicated to build CQMS and pave way for continual improvement in any facility. This forms the basis for quality management system.
  • The standard has a 19-element high level structure and has quality management principles as guiding philosophy.
  • The clauses and sub clauses are many and encompass all operations within any facility.
  • A good consultant firm can provide detailed explanation on the intent of the standard and build a good Construction Quality Management System (CQMS) with simplicity application.
  • A comprehensive CQMS can create confidence in customers and provide answers to all questions from certifying auditors.
  • An AISC 207-16 standard consulting firm provides the techniques for developing and implementing the CQMS.
  • Consulting firm such as QSE provides auditing services to help the facility to verify the accuracy and adequacy of implementation through AISC 207-16 Internal Audits.
  • Internal Quality Audit is conducted by consultants, help the facilities find deficiencies in their implementation, make correction and take corrective actions
  • The AISC 207-16 standard effective implementation results in AISC 207-16 certification issuance to organizations.
  • Annual surveillance audits are conducted to ensure implementation effectiveness of established AISC 207-16 CQMS.
  • The AISC 207-16 certification is renewable every three years.
  • Quality Systems Enhancement Inc. (QSE) is a Premier Consulting, Auditing and Training firm engaged in the field of construction Consulting for over 27 Years now
  • QSE provides On-Site and On-line Training for AISC 207-16 Awareness and Effective Implementation along with Internal Auditing
  • QSE’s unique 10 step disciplined path to AISC 207-16 certification which is insensitive to failure
  • QSE has assisted over 700 facilities achieve certifications to various standards
  • QSE’s simplified documentation system is a unique documentation system which is easy to implement
  • QSE’s “Quote to Cash” concept addresses all manufacturing and non-manufacturing processes for process improvement, in other words, all activities from submission of quotes, processing of the order, quality control, dispatch to the customer, and receive cash. All processes are covered
  • QSE’ s documentation covers all requirements of AISC 207-16 standard, customers and other interested parties, statutory and regulatory requirements
  • QSE ‘s unique evidence focused simplified documentation is easy for integration of different management system standards
  • QSE provides internal auditing service to AISC 207-16 to effectively evaluate the established CQMS system and the extent of implementation of AISC
  • QSE engages qualified and competent auditors to conduct internal audit
  • QSE’s competent internal auditors perform brutal and thorough audits to ensure that no nonconformities crop up at 3rd party audits.
  • 98% of the facilities assisted by QSE passed the audits without a single nonconformity in the first attempt itself
  • QSE covers all the requirements of the AISC 207-16 standard including the implicit intent of the standard
  • QSE assists defining roles and responsibilities of the entire organization in the simplified documented system which ensure involvement of all relevant employees
  • QSE has designed unique comprehensive single level documentation which ensures effective ease of implementation
  • QSE ‘s simplified documentation is easy to integrate AISC 207-16 requirements to existing QMS if any
  • QSE ‘s documentation creates room for recording all the data generated within the facility
  • QSE helps to create all required documented procedures as required by AISC 207-16
  • QSE’s documentation is unique, simple, lean and easy to implement and sustain AISC 207-16 certification
  • QSE ensures to provide implementation assistance or complete understanding of the documentation and requirements
  • QSE system includes all 4 stages of quality verifications such as Receiving, Setup, In-process and Final including final release of product to meet customer requirements and statutory/regulatory requirements
  • QSE helps in understanding all additional requirements of Management Review to help facilities understand implement methods to verify the adequacy of CQMS
  • QSE provides a unique comprehensive and easily understood management review format in the developed CQMS documents which ensure that facility has no nonconformities against management review
  • QSE does not simply tell what needs to be done instead QSE stays with the organization all the way and shows how to do it
  • QSE assists in preparing complete documentation required for AISC 207-16 certification

QSE provides post audit services if required and can take the disputes to highest

  • AISC 207-16 Certification provides international recognition and approval in the manufacturing and supply of fabricated construction material, metal fabrication and erection of buildings
  • AISC 207-16 standard creates standardized sector-specific rational to measure the effective capacity of industry players to produce high-quality products/services
  • AISC 207-16 certification provides consistency and confidence in effective management in the construction sector to ensure that quality production is maintained at all stages to the letter.
  • AISC 207-16 standard optimizes modern production practices that are cost effective and risk mitigated.

AISC 207-16 implementation provides a simple and singular management strategy that covers a multi-dimensional organization to guarantee safe quality production, erection and supply.

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