Glossary of Terms


  • “Accreditation” and “accredited” mean the status of an organisation successfully meeting all the criteria of the Accreditation Programme.
  • “Accreditation Certificate” means documentation provided by the Accreditation Governance Group confirming the organisation’s accreditation.
  • “Accreditation Programme Manager” (APM) means the body which oversees the Accreditation Programme.
  • “Accreditation Programme Management Group” means the APM and advisory panel which govern the Accreditation Programme.
  • “Administrator” is INZ Incorporated, contracted by the APM to administer the Accreditation Programme.
  • “Affected parties” means a party having brought a complaint against an Accredited Organisation which may include past or current clients of the Accredited Organisation.
  • “Applicant” and “applications” mean the organisation seeking accreditation and the documentation provided by an organisation to achieve this.
  • “Application Fee” means the fee payable by applicant organisations to have an application assessed for accreditation.
  • “Assessment criteria” means the conditions or evidence an organisation is required to meet or submit, against which an organisation’s application shall be assessed.
  • “Assessment Criteria document” means a listing of assessment criteria and explanation of the assessment process. The document is under Appendix D.
  • “Assessment Panel” means the Blue Tick Assessment Panel which assesses accreditation applications from organisations and makes recommendations regarding accreditation status to the APM. It comprises 3-5 industry experts appointed by the APM for their knowledge of professional practice, assessment processes and standards
  • “Auditable processes” means an organisation has a data recording system capable of providing evidence that its process has been operated as intended.


  • “Blue Tick Accredited” means the trademarked name licensed for use by an Accredited Organisation.
  • “Blue Tick Accredited Register” means a published Register of all Accredited Organisations
  • “Blue Tick Accreditation Programme” and “Accreditation Programme” mean the process developed with industry consultation by which an organisation can become accredited and rights arising from such accreditation.


  • “Commercial association” means having a business transactional relationship with the applicant at the time the application is received or within the past 12 months.
  • “Commissioning reports” mean documentation issued by organisations to clients at the completion of installation demonstrating that the meter has been installed according to good practice guidelines and in a manner to ensure accurate measurement of water take.


  • “Guidelines for the Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes” means the document compiled by an industry steering group and updated from time to time.


  • “Organisation(s)” means any legal entity providing water metering and verification services, including but not limited to sole trader, partnership and company.


  • “Quality assurance systems” means processes and practices implemented by an organisation to ensure suitably skilled and qualified personnel check and approve key stages and final water meter installations and verifications.


  • “Shall”, for the purpose of this document, is used to indicate mandatory compliance with the requirement of the Accreditation programme
  • “Should”, for the purpose of this document, is used for discretionary requirements (ie advised or recommended).
  • “Stakeholder representation” means the major parties having an interest in the Accreditation Programme, water meter installers, verifiers and supply organisations, irrigators and regional councils.
  • “Suspension Notice” means a notice issued by the APM, documenting requirements of an Accredited Organisation to cease utilising Accredited Organisation rights pending investigation of complaint or correction of an organisation’s deficiencies of obligation.


  • “Validation” refers to formal inspection of the system to establish that the water metering device has been installed according to manufacturers’ specifications.
  • “Verification” refers to formal inspection and testing of the water metering device or system to prove and document that it meets the accuracy requirement of the Regulations