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Hydrographic Certification


Duration of original certification

The duration of original certification is laid out in the declaration that all applicants sign when applying to the GCA for Specialist Certification in Hydrographic Surveying through the AHSCP:

“I understand that certification is valid for one (1) year after being conferred and to retain certification, I must either:

1. Become a member of the GCA or the Survey and Spatial New Zealand and maintain Continuing Professional Development in accordance with the AHSCP Guidelines and adhere to the respective Institute’s Code of Ethics, or

2. Apply for certification on an annual basis (at least one month prior to expiration of certification) in accordance with the current AHSCP Recertification Process at the time of application.”

Recertification process

• If your certification has lapsed due to CPD non-compliance
• If you are not a member of GCA/S+SNZ and are required to certify annually,

Follow the steps in the AHSCP Recertification Process Flowchart.

Supporting documentation

1. AHSCP Recertification Process Flowchart
2. Guidelines for Specialist Certification in Hydrographic Surveying v2.4, dated 29 February 2020
3. Extract of S-5A and S-5B Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors

Hydrography recertification fee

  • 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

Apply for Recertification

  1. AHSCP Recertification process flowchart
  2. AHSCP Guidelines
  3. Recertification – Application form
  4. Recertification – Checklist of Documentation submitted
  5. Appendix B – Logbook PDF | Word Doc
  6. Appendix C – Referee’s Report PDF | Word Doc