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Hydrographic Certification

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Hydrography Certification Fees

  • GCA and S+SNZ Members $330 (AUD)
  • Non Members $850 (AUD)

Sub-specialisations are assessed once an applicant achieves CPHS1. You can apply for sub-specialisations during your initial CPHS1 certification application or after however, if applying with your initial application, the Panel first must find in favour of your CPHS1 certification and will then assess your additional evidence relating to the sub-specialisation.

  • CPHS1 seeking a sub-specialisation – $242 (AUD) per sub-specialisation


Next Meeting: Wednesday 19 June at 9am in Wollongong (9.00am Brisbane time) (8.30am Adelaide time) and (7.00am Perth time)
Deadline for Applications: Wednesday 15 May 2024

2024 Meeting Schedule and Application Cut Off Dates:

  • AHSCP 104 Applications close 15 May; Meeting to be held 19 June
  • AHSCP 105 Applications close 14 Aug; Meeting to be held 18 September
  • AHSCP 106 Applications close 13 Nov; Meeting to be held 11 December

Completed applications for certification (i.e. new applications and previous applicants submitting additional documentation) are to be submitted to the AHSCP Secretariat one month prior to the scheduled meeting date.

Download application & forms*

* Note: Please be aware that the application forms are updated regularly. Check that you are using the most up-to-date version from the website prior to submitting your application

When supplying course certificates, do not include those not related to the advancement of survey knowledge eg. First Aid, HUET, Working at Heights, sea survival etc.

When completing your log book, you should review the detailed descriptions of the S-5A and S-5B syllabus and be confident that you do have the knowledge and practice of a substantial amount of the topics as described.

Please see the ‘Tips on Applications’ page to help you understand some expectations when your application is reviewed.

Application Documentation – Updated June 2023

A major revision of the AHSCP Guidelines and supporting documentation have been undertaken and published as version 2.4 dated 29 Feb 2020, these guidelines are now in force. The revised documents fully reflect the adoption of the IHO S-5A and S-5B standards, and contain transition arrangements for those who have commenced logbooks and are seeking certification under the older S-5 11th Edition standards. Revised definitions of “Sea Time”, “Allied Degrees” and “In Charge time” are also provided. In addition a new Appendix G – Applicant Qualification Mapping Tool, has been provided which applicants without an IBSC Cat A or Cat B qualification are required to submit to map their qualifications to the Cat A or Cat B syllabus in order to support their submission.

Apply for Certification

  1. AHSCP Guidelines
  2. Appendix A Application Form  PDF | Word Doc
  3. Appendix B Logbook of Practical Hydrographic Surveying Experience PDF | Word Doc Note:  To amend the logbook, unprotect it, make your changes (ie.Delete examples, add / remove rows etc.) then protect it again to enable the Form Fill process.
  4. Appendix C Referee’s Report PDF | Word Doc
  5. Appendix D S-5A – Standards of Competence for Category “A” Hydrographic Surveyors (Edition 1.0.2, June 2018) | S-5B – Standards of Competence for Category “B” Hydrographic Surveyors (Edition 1.0.1, June 2017) | IHO Standards
  6. Appendix E Application Checklist PDF| Word Doc
  7. Appendix G Applicant Qualification Mapping Tool  Excel Worksheet

Submit Your Application
A digital copy of your completed application documentation has to be provided, uploaded onto the AHO OurShare site. Please email and request setup and login details to enable you to have access to this service. Scanned documentation should be provided in PDF format legible at 300 dpi.