How to write a quality control/quality assurance plan for construction

Updated April 17, 2017

Introducing a quality control or quality assurance (QA/QC) plan provides a sense of structure to construction projects. When a quality control program is incorporated into the day-to-day operations of a construction organisation, it provides a quality culture within the organisation. A QA/QC plan establishes a standard guideline for enabling contractors to comply with governing specifications. Quality assurance and materials control plans can incorporate federal, state and local procedures and policies. They serve as a road map for contractors to follow. Writing a QA/QC plan can seem overwhelming, but the process can be broken down into manageable steps.

Gather all of your governing specifications. Gather all of your current contracts. Make a list of day-to-day activities, testing and monitoring plans and procedures. Review sample quality control plans. The US Department of Transportation has a sample quality control plan.

Review the specifications, and determine what materials will be tested and the physical location where they will be tested. Specify the frequency with which the tests will be conducted.

Make a list of testing equipment. Describe the equipment and how it is capable of determining the properties of the materials. Describe how the equipment will be calibrated, maintained and used during the contract.

Incorporate testing procedures. Attach any relevant procedures used to report contractor compliance.

Specifically define each function of the plan. Determine the role of each individual performing accountability evaluations for contractor quality control. Describe their credentials and responsibility.

Determine corrective measures and who will evaluate and correct deficiencies.

Describe the record-keeping system. Define the types of reports generated and the frequency of reporting.

Things You'll Need

  • Word processor
  • Governing specifications
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