Accreditation & Competencies
The public depends on the competence of professional surveyors. The average person may not understand the skills or expertise required for certain tasks. External accreditation of the surveyor's competence is essential.
State and Territory Surveyors' Boards accredit Cadastral surveyors via registration/licensing systems. Some states have voluntary accreditation in geodesy, engineering and hydrographic surveying.
ISA is investigating a voluntary accreditation system for professional surveyors working outside the jurisdictions of Surveyors' Boards. This scheme is being established jointly with other associations under the banner of Spatial Sciences Accreditation Australia.
The ISA has established the Australian Hydrographic Surveyors Accreditation Panel. The panel relies on the International Competency Standards for Hydrographic Surveyors as established by the IHO and FIG.
ISA is also responsible for accrediting university and TAFE spatial science courses around Australia.