Accreditation Programme

Why have an Accreditation Programme?

The Irrigation NZ target is for a 90% adoption of Irrigation Good Management Practice by 2022.

In order to achieve this there are three requirements –

  • All new irrigation systems must meet the Irrigation Codes of Practice and Standards
  • Demonstrate that irrigation systems are able to perform to their design specifications
  • Justify the application of each irrigation event

When combined with industry Codes of Practice, Standards and Training, an Accreditation programme is the best method to improve skill levels and provide greater consistency within the irrigation service industries. Achieving the Irrigation Good Management Practice target means on-going investment will be required in irrigation infrastructure over the next 10 years. Based on current performance without a quality assurance system to give irrigators certainty that they can spend their money wisely, the Irrigation Good Management Practice target will be challenging. The Irrigation Design Accreditation programme compels designers to follow the Irrigation Design Code of Practice and Standards and therefore gives irrigators greater certainty when making an investment.

The Benefits of Accreditation

Initially the accreditation benefits will be realised through distinguishing your organisation from ‘cowboy’ competitors. Accreditation requires demonstration and maintenance of high skill levels, knowledge and experience – cowboys need not apply!

Accredited Organisations will also benefit from free advertising through –

  • Joint press releases promoting the Accreditation programme;
  • Links from Irrigation NZ, Primary Industry and Regional Council websites to the Accreditation register;
  • Printing the names of Accredited organisations on flyers to use at events;
  • Advertising features run in key regional papers;
  • Articles submitted to ‘rural media’.

However, it is likely that Irrigation Schemes, industry Good Management Practice programmes and Regional Council’s will, over time, require ‘Accredited Designers’ as part of their supplier programmes and consent requirements. The accreditation programme will first have to prove its worth through the delivery of robust and real outcomes.

How Does the Programme Work?

It’s simple…

  1. Send your organisations Accreditation Application to Irrigation Design Accreditation
  2. The application is then assessed by an Assessment Panel that make a recommendation to the Accreditation Programme Manager.
  3. The Accreditation Progamme Manager then approves or declines Accreditation status.

Accredited organisations must adhere to the Irrigation Design Code of Practice and Standards and maintain internal quality assurance systems. Accreditation is for a 2-year period and a professional interview will be undertaken at your organisation’s workplace for Accreditation renewal. Your organisation is also subject to a Complaints and Disciplinary process by both clients and regulators.