Specialist certification in hydrography is the official recognition that an individual possesses the necessary knowledge to perform hydrographic surveying tasks along with the demonstrated ability to apply that knowledge across various hydrographic disciplines. Certification confers eligibility for GCA or S+SNZ membership, subject to individuals meeting the membership criteria of each respective organisations.
Applicants are assessed in accordance with IHO Category A and Category B qualification requirements. However, they are also required to provide verified evidence of their post-qualification experience/sea-time/field work and project responsibilities. Collectively, an individual’s qualifications and experience are essential components of the hydrographic surveyor certification process.
Successful applicants are certified to either a Level 1 or Level 2 standard, as distinct from achieving a Category A and Category B qualification. The Level 1 and Level 2 standard highlights an important difference between the two – recognition of education and training (Category A and B) and recognition of an individual’s competence and experience post training (Level 1 and 2).
The following video explains the AHSCP hydrographic certification process:
Certification is an open process. To obtain certification, an individual need not be a member of GCA or S+SNZ. However, to retain certification, the individual must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) on an annual basis regardless of membership.