Step 1: The fabricator contacts HERA Certification Ltd in writing. The scheme manager sends the fabricator all relevant SFC documentation referenced in P001. To provide the fabricator with information on the scheme, a specific orientation meeting may be organised with the fabricator and technical experts
Step 2: The fabricator defines the Construction Category (CC) required to cover the range of structural steel products considered. A guide on the selection of the appropriate CC-rating is given in the P002.
Step 3: The fabricator establishes and implements a welding quality management system to the requirements of the CC-rating. For CC3 and CC4, the fabricator shall be certified to AS/NZS ISO 3834 Part 2 (OP001). For CC2, compliance of the fabricator with all normative requirements of AS/NZS 1554.1 shall be verified by a third-party audit conducted by the HERA Certification Ltd (OP003a). This is usually performed within the same audit covering other requirements of the SFC (see Step 4).
Step 4: The fabricator implements all other requirements of the SFC (P003, P004) and applies for the certification (P008).
Step 5: Once the application has been accepted by HERA Certification Ltd, a pre-audit meeting will be organised by the scheme manager and a contract signed (P009).
Step 6: On HERA Certification Ltd's receipt of the fabricator's order, the scheme manager will appoint the assessment team, consisting of the lead assessor and assessor, to carry out an assessment and sign the contract (P009).