To submit an initial application for OPQIBI qualification, an engineering contractor must obtain the Application documents.
Qualification procedure - OPQIBI qualification: the mark of engineering skills
The original documents must be :
Acceptability is analysed by the general secretariat in order to:
An acceptability confirmation is then sent to the applicant, specifying the application number assigned and the session date of the qualification committee(s) that will investigate the application, together with an invoice for the investigation expenses.
One or more investigators from the appropriate qualification committee(s) are appointed by the general secretariat, under the authority of each committee chairman, to analyse the application.
The investigator compares the information given with the qualification criteria defined the by the OPQIBI and relating to the applicant’s identification, resources and references.
In the event of doubt, the investigator can ask the applicant for supplementary information (DRC). If the investigator still has doubts, he can, with the approval of his qualification committee, propose an audit.
During the investigation, a survey is conducted among the applicants customers. This survey concerns the way in which the missions mentioned as references were completed.
The request for supplementary information (DRC) concerns the documents submitted with the application (employees’ CVs, reference certificates, contracts, etc.).
The audit is conducted with the approval of the applicant, who has to accept the conditions and the date.
Depending on the point to be clarified, the audit may be conducted :
An audit report is then drafted.
The investigator drafts an investigation report for the other members of the qualification committee. This report must correspond to his personal conviction. It must be substantiated and clear (positive or negative).
The investigation report is analysed by the members of the appropriate qualification committee, with regard to the OPQIBI qualification criteria relating to the applicant’s identification, resources and references.
In the event of doubt, the committee can order an audit before making its decision (even if the investigator has already conducted the interviews or meetings). In this case, the committee appoints an auditor.
(see 6, above)
The qualification committee members deliberate (the investigator doesn’t vote) and decide whether to grant the requested qualification(s) or not.
If the decision is positive, then a qualification is granted which may be either :
If the decision is negative, then the applicant can appeal.
An appeal results in a new investigation or in a decision by the higher commission.
When the qualification committees’ decision is favourable, the general secretariat raises the certificate, checks its content and informs the applicant by letter, with a demand for payment of the OPQIBI mark utilisation fees due.
The certificate notably bears :