The QA system assures clients and the Irrigation Design accreditation programme that the organisation will maintain the design quality in their day to day business, the same quality as demonstrated in their accreditation application.
Because the organisation has overall responsibility for their quality of work.
Note: Staff come and go within an organisation but it’s the organisation that signs the contract with customer. The organisation needs to ensure that adequate training is provided in the different components of designing an effluent system.
A recording system is key to a successful QA system but does not have to be elaborate.
It does need to provide evidence that the quality and safety procedures are active and effective by, for example, recording dates and signatures.
Note: To help organisations understand what the Irrigation Design accreditation programme is looking for; we have provided example QA programme for small organisations.
Yes, ISO 9001:2008 is a h4 and well recognised QA system. If you use an ISO 9001 system, reference this in your application and briefly describe how it is set up for your organisation.
No; Irrigation Design accreditation will be issued to a single organisation.
An organisation that does not directly employ staff with all required skills can still become accredited.
If your organisation requires skills and experience from other individuals/companies, then a documented agreement may need to be developed between parties. Such an agreement should be referenced in the quality assurance (QA) section of your application.
Note: The other organisation could also seek accreditation, using your skills within their application and QA processes. This could be a reciprocal arrangement.
No, designs are all theoretical. Systems only become real once installed. Organisations will need to access real farm data for use in designs. See the requirements of the assessment check list (e.g. topography, climate, soil water properties etc).
Probably not if you just supply pumps. This scheme is for organisations that DESIGN systems for irrigation.
Note: If you sell the pumps, pipes and fittings and fully install the system then perhaps you should consider this accreditation scheme for your business. You may need to outsource some of the work to another provider or alternatively up-skill with some extra training.
The same accreditation process applies to all organisations, regardless of size.
All companies supplying systems to irrigators should consider the accreditation scheme, even for system upgrades. You still need full knowledge of the Irrigation Design Code of Practice and Standards to sell the correct equipment to the customer.
Note: If you do not have all the skills in-house then we suggest either you get some training, outsource your requirements through developing a formal relationship with a complementary organisation or individuals.
Not if the company already has good quality assurance systems in place. A larger company is warranting that all the designs produced by all of its employees are to the Irrigation Design Code of Practice and Standards.
Note: A good QA system saves time by finding and fixing errors early, before expensive rework is required, and thereby reducing the number of errors that are made.
That is not the intention. Even smaller companies need checks on quality or their customers will get poor service. The QA system for a small organisation can be quite simple.
The overall goal of the Irrigation Design Accreditation programme is to lead to more demonstrable skills being used by the irrigation service industry so New Zealand irrigators get a high level of service for their irrigation upgrades and developments.
Note: Smaller companies may need to look at out-sourcing the skills they lack, look at some training or develop a reliable skilled set of companies to partner with.
There will be one register maintained on the Irrigation Design Accreditation website. Companies will be listed in alphabetical order. Over time a second list will be organised by region as many irrigators may wish to search for accredited organisations in their region. For those companies that have branches in more than one region, then only those branches actively involved in irrigation design can be listed. The regional list will also be listed alphabetically.