Accreditation Programme

To download the ‘Blue Tick’ accreditation programme, click here.

Why have an Accreditation Programme?

The Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes Regulations 2010 set out the expectations for water measurement in New Zealand – this is a regulatory requirement. Accurate Water Measurement is also essential for Irrigation Good Management Practice.

There are three key components to water measurement:

  • The installation of the water measuring device;
  • The verification of the water measuring device;
  • The management of the data the water management device records.

When combined with the industry guidelines and training, an Accreditation programme is the best method to improve skill levels and provide greater consistency within the water measurement service industries. Achieving the regulations will require on-going investment in water measurement. Based on current performance without a quality assurance system to give irrigators certainty, the implementation of the regulation and also the achievement of Irrigation Good Management Practice will be challenging. The Water Measurement ‘ Blue Tick’ Accreditation programme compels service providers to follow the The New Zealand Water Measurement Code of Practice 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 maintainence of high skill levels, knowledge and experience – cowboys need not apply!

‘Blue Tick’ Accredited organisations will also benefit from free advertising through:

  • Joint press releases promoting the Accreditation programme;
  • Links from IrrigationNZ, 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‘.

Already some Regional Council’s require ‘Blue Tick’ accredited companies as part of their supplier programmes and consent requirements – and the list is growing.

How Does the Programme Work?

It’s simple…

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

Accredited organisations must adhere to the The New Zealand WaterMeasurement Code of Practice and maintain internal quality assurance systems. Accreditation is for a 2-year period and an external audit will be used for Accreditation renewal. Your organisation is also subject to a Complaints and Disciplinary process by both clients and regulators.