What’s New

New QP Merit Program

Applications for the new QP Merit Program are now being accepted. The new Merit Program is the evolution of the RAP program and is available to all QP Accredited contractors who qualify. Enrolling in the merit program will exempt you from the audit fee every other year.

Existing RAP program participants will be automatically enrolled into the new program for 2025 but will need to reapply in 2025 as the RAP program will be discontinued on December 31, 2024.

Applications for the Merit Program are due by July 1. To be eligible for the QP Merit Program, you must have been QP Accredited for 3 years or more, no more than 2 ‘CAP’ resolved findings, or fewer, and no sustained major findings in the past 3 years.

Apply For Merit Program See Program Requirements

Help us, help you

If you have suggestions on facility owners, asset owners, or engineering firms that are not specifying QP for their projects, please share the contact information for that organization at QPInfo@ampp.org. We would be happy to reach out to them and enlighten them on the advantages of using a QP accredited contactor or inspection company.

Disciplinary Action Criteria (DAC) revisions

A task group was formed by the Accreditation Program Committee (APC) to update the Disciplinary Action Criteria (DAC) for accredited contractors and procedures for administering disciplinary action. The committee members felt that new and more stringent Disciplinary Action Criteria and administrative procedures were needed to supplement the annual and unannounced technical audits used prior to the DAC as the sole method for determining whether a contractor obtains or retains accreditation status. The new DAC has been approved by the APC and it is now in legal review.

The APC has approved the revisions, and it is now in legal review. The key changes consist of modifications to Critical Fault categories summarized below as well as editorial clarifications:

  1. Adding new “Critical Fault” categories for confirmed wage and hourly worker payment violations.
  2. Adding new “Severe” and “Critical Fault” language for subcontracting to a non-accredited contractor without facility owner approval on a project requiring QP accreditation
  3. Reorganizing listing of “Faults” by category from Serious to Severe for easy comparison (e.g., listing safety practice faults from Serious to Very Severe in the same section)
  4. Amending “Quality of Service” Category to include failure to meet project requirements at final acceptance inspection with no resolution of “outstanding” non-conformities.

Current Disciplinary Criteria

AMPP is committed to investigating reports alleging violations of the DAC. If you would like to learn more about the DAC process or to communicate a concern or file a complaint to the Program Administrator, please contact QPInfo@ampp.org and describe your question or concern and we will get back with you in confidence. 

Revised QP application and procedures

AMPP has revised the QP Accreditation Application and submittal procedures to simplify and streamline the application process for both initial applicants and for existing program members applying to add QP accreditations.

You can check out the new application and submittal instructions here.

QP Accreditation Program Rules update

The QP Accreditation Program Rules have been updated. The “Rules” document has been reorganized for easier understanding. While few changes to the rules were made in the update, several important clarifications were made including when Corrective Action Plans (CAPS) may be requested for ‘minor’ findings and when annual accreditation renewal applications and payments are due (being extended this year to December 31st, 2023, due to being sent late).

Please take a few minutes to review the program rules to ensure your organization is in compliance. Please contact us if you have any questions about the QP Program Rules update. 

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New guide for job site documentation for QP 1 and QP 2

A guide is available to help with documentation requirements for QP 1 and QP 2 jobs. This guide will help with needed documentation at the job site to make sure necessary items in the areas of personnel, project documents, references, quality control, and EH&S are available.

See the Guide