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Certification information and application

Certification is an industry-owned and managed recognition scheme. Recognition of skills and experience of personnel is essential if we as an industry are to be part of the solution of sustainable water resources.

The intention is that ALL surface and groundwater Hydrographers will be registered on the AHA register of  Certified professionals.

Certification is voluntary, however by becoming a certified Hydrographer, you’ll be helping to raise the profile of Hydrography as an industry, and improve skills, knowledge, standards across the Australia – which in turn will help the Hydrographic industry control its own future and become more sustainable. There are personal benefits too – as a certified Hydrographer you’ll gain recognition for your skills and better prospects for your future career.

When certified, you can use the three letters indicating the level of certification after your name, e.g. John Doe CPH

[NOTE: Certification for oceanographic hydrographers is administered by the Australasian Hydrographic Society.]

Level of certification

1. AHA Certified Cadet Hydrographer (CCH)

This is a person who has BOTH of the following:

  • Attained “AHA Hydrography-Basics course”
  • Less than 3 years Hydrographic industry experience.

It is expected that this level of certification is the first stepping stone towards becoming an AHA Certified Practising Hydrographer (CPH).

2. AHA Certified Associate Hydrographer (CAH)

This is a person who has BOTH the following:

  • Proven in-house and/or external training or qualification in a discipline associated to hydrography
  • Minimum 3 years proven experience in most aspects of hydrography

[Prior to 1 July 2015, this level of certification was known as Certified Practising Hydrographer]

3. AHA Certified Practising Hydrographer (CPH)

This is a person who has the following:

  • Minimum 5 years proven experience across ALL aspects of hydrography (these aspects will be specified by AHA)

PLUS

  • Proven qualification specific to hydrography (i.e. Cert IV hydrography, SMHEA – hydrography course, Certificate Hydrography / Surface Water Hydrology, Diploma of Water Operations or a qualification deemed appropriate by the AHA)

OR

  • Diploma – Water Operations plus Hydrography Skill Set or Hydrography Basics

[Prior to 1 July 2015, this level of certification was known as Certified Qualified Hydrographer]

 

Certification Fees

Initial applications and Renewals:

  • Application fee $50+GST
    plus
  • Annual fee
Level of Certification Annual fee Discounted annual fee for AHA members
AHA Certified Cadet Hydrographer (CCH) $150.00+GST $37.50+GST
AHA Certified Associate Hydrographer (CAH) $175.00+GST $62.50+GST
AHA Certified Practising Hydrographer (CPH) $200.00+GST $87.50+GST

NOTE: If a certified hydrographer believes their status or level of certification has changed at any time e.g. exceeds 5 years experience, completes Diploma etc. they may apply for re-classification at no extra cost.

 

 

Awarding AHA Certification

When AHA receives:

  • New certification applications: an Application Form and Associated Documents
    or
  • Renewal of certification: Continuing Professional Development Log

It will assess your application to determine whether you qualify for certification/renewal. If you qualify, AHA will send an invoice covering the application fee and the annual fee. If you do not qualify, AHA will contact you to explain the additional steps needed to qualify for certification.

When payment is received, AHA will:

  1. Send documentation stating the Certification level and currency dates to the AHA Certified Hydrographer;
  2. Enter the Hydrographer’s name and level of certification on the AHA register of  Certified professionals.

Certification is for twelve months and will expire 31 December in the calendar year after your initial application.

 

1. New Certification Applications

Complete the Application Form and return it to the Association at:

  • National Office
    Australian Hydrographers Association (AHA)
    PO Box 1506
    Fyshwick ACT 2609
  • or by email to services [AT] aha.net.au

AHA will undertake initial assessment from the documentation provided by applicant to determine the eligibility for level of certification that the applicant has nominated.

To assist with the assessment process the applicant is requested to provide copies of Qualifications, Statement of Attainment etc, along with details of relevant Hydrographic Industry experience. This should include a brief description of work practices carried out (i.e. open channel, closed pipe, groundwater, atmospheric measurement etc.).

After certification, you should keep a CPD Log.

 

2. Renewal of National Certification:

Every 12 months, AHA will send an invoice to renew certification.

Every 24 months at renewal time, AHA certified hydrographers also

  1. need to show that they have remained active in the industry and have taken steps to keep up-to-date with new technology and information.
  2. should submit for assessment a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log for the review period shown on the  register of Certified Professionals

Process of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

By requiring a regular re-certification process AHA is ensuring that certified personnel remain active in the industry and are keeping their knowledge and skills up-to-date. People who demonstrate this by earning the required CPD points in the required timeframe will maintain their active status. Those failing to earn the required CPD points will be considered “Inactive”.

CPD requirements for re-certification (see below):

  • Remain active in industry in an area related to certification in hydrography.
  • Provide CPD evidence every 2 years:
    • Certified Cadet Hydrographer (CCH): 8 points
    • Certified Associate Hydrographer (CAH): 9 points
    • Certified Practising Hydrographer (CPH): 10 points

How to accumulate points to satisfy CPD requirements for re-certification: NOTE: Documented proof required.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION POINTS and EVIDENCE
Continuous active participation in field and or office activities specific to Hydrography This would require written proof, endorsed by a manager of continuous ability to carry out field and/or office activities that include tasks specific to Hydrography e.g. gauging, survey, data edit/management, modelling etc. Maximum 1½ point for each year of service i.e. maximum 3 points. Provide written, endorsed (by manager) proof stating the type of activities and duration.
Attend a short course, seminar or in-house training deemed relevant to hydrography (assessed by AHA) These include courses, short courses, or seminars, which might be held in conjunction with trade shows or field days. The AHA, professional associations or societies, universities, colleges or technical institutes, manufacturers or distributors or part of an in-house training program, may conduct these courses. Maximum of 2 points per course. Provide a certificate of attendance or other evidence of involvement/attendance
Attend an accredited/endorsed course in hydrography conducted by a registered RTO Course work must be offered by an accredited institution and be related to hydrography and/or applicable to the job description. Points for achievement of each unit of competency (Statement of Attainment), Provide a transcript for evidence.
Attend a hydrography conference, trade show or field day with published agenda The AHA, professional associations or societies, universities, colleges or technical institutes, manufacturers or distributors or part of an in­house training program, may sponsor these events. 2 points per event to a maximum of 4 points.
Attend an in-house Hydrographic Workshop such as a Departmental Hydrographic Section workshop / meeting Documented evidence signed by the Supervising Hydrographer or employee, as recognised by the AHA, describing the objectives, duration, activity, and outcomes of the workshop / meeting. Acceptance of evidence at the discretion of the AHA. Maximum of 1 point
Exceptional activities Activities that do not fall into any of the previous categories may be submitted for the management committee for review. The AHA will assess these activities for relevance. Activities might include overseas study tour or industry leadership activities. Points to be assessed and awarded by AHA to a maximum of 4 points.
Teach or author a paper relevant to hydrography presented at a short course, seminar, technical conference, in-house training class or published in a Journal. Prepare and deliver new material for a paper, publication or training course. Only the initial submission will be allowed when presenting a paper repeatedly. The AHA will assess these activities for relevance. Points to be assessed and awarded by AHA to a maximum of 4 points.
Membership of the AHA Membership of the AHA 1 point per year (up to previous 2 years prior to renewal)

Inactive status

Renewals are due two years after certification. If no renewal is received six months after expiry, the certification status of that hydrographer will be considered “Inactive” until this is rectified. An “Inactive” Certification status prevents the hydrographer from practising as an “AHA Certified Hydrographer” until they renew their certification. If the inactive period is less than one year, renewal can be made by paying all renewal fees and submitting sufficient CPD points to cover the inactive period. If the inactive period is for more than one year, the certification is forfeited and re-certification will require the applicant to start the certification process over from the beginning.