Structural Certification Project

Based on member feedback ACSE has recognised a need for standardised professional structural engineering certificates. The ACSE have reviewed standard certificates from a sample of organisations and identified number of key differences. These were discussed at a Members Forum held in April 2019, where several documents were presented for consideration:

In addition, a key action was to develop a more defined certification process that clearly defined roles and responsibilities in designing, inspecting and ultimately certifying projects.

The ACSE has now developed a suite of draft certificates for comment.  These certificates are based off the New Zealand producer statement approach and have the following key aspects:

  • C1 – Design. The designer defines the level of construction monitoring that is deemed acceptable for the type of project at the design stage.  This then needs to be agreed by the building certifier as adequate prior to the construction of the project.  This also allows consultants to correctly price the level of monitoring required.
  • C2 – Design review. This is a formal certificate that could be requested on a project for design review.  The ACSE have provided a paper – PN24 that defines the potential limitations of this review.
  • C3 – Construction. This requires the Contractor to accept responsibility for ensuring the construction has been completed in accordance with the design.  It tie into the level of construction monitoring required under the C4 certificate.
  • C4 – Construction monitoring. This is to be completed in accordance with the agreed level of construction monitoring as defined in C1.
  • Construction Monitoring Services provides the definition of the various levels of construction monitoring associated with the certificates.

The ACSE intend to engage in discussions with Building certifiers as well as David Chandler, the NSW Building Commissioner to develop these certificates into legislation and we would like to get feedback from our members.

We collected feedback from ACSE members during February and March 2020. If you would like to add anything please email