Apply for Recertification


The duration of original certification is laid out in the declaration that all applicants sign when applying to the SSSI for Specialist Certification in Hydrographic Surveying through the AHSCP:

“I understand that certification is valid for one (1) year after being conferred and to retain certification, I must either:

  1. Become a member of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute or the Survey and Spatial New Zealand and maintain Continuing Professional Development in accordance with the AHSCP Guidelines and adhere to the respective Institute’s Code of Ethics, or 
  2. Apply to the AHSCP for certification on an annual basis (at least one month prior to expiration of certification) in accordance with the current AHSCP Recertification Process at the time of application.”



  • If your certification has lapsed due to CPD non-compliance
  • If you are not a member of SSSI/S+SNZ and are required to certify annually,

Follow the steps in the AHSCP Recertification Process Flowchart.



Please submit the following documentation:
  1. Complete the Checklist of Documents Submitted (which includes details of how to pay the assessment fee)

  2. Cover Letter

  3. Application Form for Recertification in Hydrographic Surveying

  4. Evidence of previous certification (Certification Certificate or Panel Certification Letter)

  5. Record of compliant Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activities for the past 12 months. At least one of the CPD activities should be a significant calendar event such as a conference or seminar pertaining to the spatial industry.  [Note: Information on Hydrography CPD is available on the SSSI website -]

  6. Signed Logbook of Practical Hydrographic Surveying Experience for past 12 months. [Note: To amend the logbook, unprotect it, make your changes (i.e. delete examples, add / remove rows etc.) then protect it again to enable the Form Fill process.]

If it is more than 4 years since your certification lapsed, you also must submit the following:

  1. Referee Report
    Send your Referee (minimum of one) a copy of the Referee’s Report.
    The referee must complete this and submit it directly to the AHSCP ( It is recommended that referees are experienced hydrographic surveyors, preferably CPHS 1.
  2. Level 1 Applicants ONLY
    At least one Hydrographic Survey Report for a survey project conducted in the past 24 months.
  3. Level 1 Applicants ONLY
    Hydrographic Survey Plan/s (i.e. fair sheet / smooth sheet / drawings) for the above Hydrographic Survey Report.


  1. AHSCP Recertification Process Flowchart
  2. Guidelines for Specialist Certification in Hydrographic Surveying v2.4, dated 29 February 2020
  3. Extract of S-5A and S-5B Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors



Upload your completed application documentation onto the AHO OurShare site. Please email to request setup and login details to enable you to have access to this service. Scanned documentation should be provided in PDF format legible at 300 dpi.


Certified Professional in Hydrographic Surveying Post-Nominal - CPHS1, CPHS2
  • SSSI/S+SNZ Members     $242 (AUD)
  • Non Members                      $500 (AUD)